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Agents involved in maritime transport.

Agents involved in maritime transport.

Before indicating which are the agents that intervene in the maritime transport of goods, we must know if it is a full container or maritime groupage.

We call direct clients exporting and/or importing companies, not freight forwarders.


There will also be a freight forwarder or a direct customer, a customs agent or the freight forwarder himself if he can do this function (according to his abilities), a carrier (company who will pick up the empty (export) or full (import) container and will load or unload it at the exporter's and/or importer's house.


If there is a freight forwarder, he usually designates another freight forwarder at destination who will contact the receiver of the merchandise to coordinate the importation of the merchandise.


In the case of maritime groupage, it works differently.

The shipping companies make transport contracts to the consolidators who offer freight forwarders or direct clients weekly maritime groupage services.

The containers can be 20dry or 40dry/hc depending on the loads they have each week, contracts and/or frequencies agreed with the shipping companies.


In this case, the figures or agents involved are the same as in the previous case, but there is also a consolidator.



Helia Rocha

I have more than 13 years of experience in the freight forwarding sector and in World Ocean Cargo Ibérica, managing export, import and cross trades shipments, both sea, air and land. Thanks to having attended different international conferences and having worked directly with freight forwarders all over the world, I am familiar with international door to door logistics. Currently in the commercial position within the company and occasionally managing traffic issues.