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Freight Forwarders

Research rates, routings, or modes of transport for shipment of products. Maintain awareness of regulations affecting the international movement of cargo. Make arrangements for additional services, such as storage or inland transportation.

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    Work Activities

    • Calculate weight, volume, or cost of goods to be moved.
    • Inform clients of factors such as shipping options, timelines, transfers, or regulations affecting shipments.
    • Prepare shipping documentation, such as bills of lading, packing lists, dock receipts, or certificates of origin.
    • Provide shipment status notification to exporters, consignees, or insurers.
    • Complete customs paperwork.
    • Verify proper packaging and labeling of exported goods.
    • Prepare invoices or cost quotations for freight transportation.
    • Select shipment routes, based on nature of goods shipped, transit times, or security needs.
    • Keep records of goods dispatched or received.
    • Monitor or record locations of goods in transit.
    • Consolidate loads with a common destination to reduce costs to individual shippers.
    • Arrange for applicable duties, taxes, or paperwork for customs clearance.
    • Reserve necessary space on ships, aircraft, trains, or trucks.
    • Arrange delivery or storage of goods at destinations.
    • Negotiate shipping rates with freight carriers.
    • Verify adherence of documentation to customs, insurance, or regulatory requirements.
    • Determine efficient and cost-effective methods of moving goods from one location to another.
    • Pay or arrange for payment of freight or insurance fees or other charges.
    • Make arrangements with customs brokers to facilitate the passage of goods through customs.
    • Recommend or arrange appropriate merchandise packing methods, according to climate, terrain, weight, nature of goods, or costs.
    • Maintain current knowledge of relevant legislation, political situations, or other factors that could affect freight shipping.
    • Provide detailed port information to importers or exporters.
    • Arrange for special transport of sensitive cargoes, such as livestock, food, or medical supplies.
    • Obtain or arrange cargo insurance.
    • Refer exporters to experts in areas such as trade financing, international marketing, government export requirements, international banking, or marine insurance.
    • Assist clients in obtaining insurance reimbursements.


    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 41620/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 20.01/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,370
    • Yearly Projected Openings 340

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    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
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    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort


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