Freight Forwarding Course

What is a Freight Forwarder?

A freight forwarder is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to market or final point of distribution. A typical day for a freight forwarder would primarily consist of talking with clients and warehouses around the world, taking this information and passing it along to the appropriate party to action.

Along with making sure that the freight the client is importing or exporting gains entry into the country of destination, a freight forwarder will (depending on the contract arranged), arrange for said freight to be picked up and delivered to the final consignee’s place of business. This requires contacting airlines/shipping lines, rail lines and even sometimes moving the goods to a different country for final delivery.

International freight forwarders have the expertise that allows them to prepare and process the documentation and perform related activities pertaining to international shipments. Some of the typical information reviewed by a freight forwarder is the commercial invoice, shipper’s export declaration, bill of lading, and other documents required by the carrier or country of export, import, or transshipment.

If you would like to learn more about what it takes to be a Freight Forwarder, click through to the Careers NZ Website.

CBAFF Freight Forwarding Course

If you are new to the Freight Forwarding industry in New Zealand, it is recommend that you take this introductory course. Outlining the main responsibilities of personnel in the industry, it provides a great overview and grounding for those unfamiliar with these processes whilst expanding the knowledge some may already have. This course is relevant for anyone involved in international freight movement whether by land, air or sea and will aid in the familiarisation process of job expectations and requirements within this industry sector.


One day course


CBAFF Members: $300 + GST

Non-Members: $375 + GST

  • New to the industry
  • Accounts/ sales / operations people
  • Personnel from import/export companies directly involved with the transport of goods

  • What is a freight forwarder?
  • Air freight and sea freight
  • Other allied organisations
  • Common abbreviations
  • What is consolidation?
  • Basis of charging
  • Incoterms
  • Letters of credit
  • Containers/unit load devices
  • Documents: Air waybills, Export airfreight manifest, Bills of landing, Shipping schedules, Airliner movement advice
  • Quotations and inter-modal requirements
  • Documentary credits
  • Marine insurance
  • Dangerous goods

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