Details Report for:
43-5011.01 - 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.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Analyze shipping routes to determine how to minimize environmental impact.
- Arrange delivery or storage of goods at destinations.
- Arrange for applicable duties, taxes, or paperwork for customs clearance.
- Arrange for special transport of sensitive cargoes, such as livestock, food, or medical supplies.
- Arrange for transport, using a variety of modes, such as rail, short sea shipping, air, or roadways, to minimize carbon emissions or other environmental impacts.
- Assist clients in obtaining insurance reimbursements.
- Calculate weight, volume, or cost of goods to be moved.
- Complete customs paperwork.
- Consider environmental sustainability factors when determining merchandise packing methods.
- Consolidate loads with a common destination to reduce costs to individual shippers.
- Determine efficient and cost-effective methods of moving goods from one location to another.
- Inform clients of factors such as shipping options, timelines, transfers, or regulations affecting shipments.
- Keep records of goods dispatched or received.
- Maintain current knowledge of relevant legislation, political situations, or other factors that could affect freight shipping.
- Make arrangements with customs brokers to facilitate the passage of goods through customs.
- Monitor or record locations of goods in transit.
- Negotiate shipping rates with freight carriers.
- Obtain or arrange cargo insurance.
- Pay or arrange for payment of freight or insurance fees or other charges.
- Prepare invoices or cost quotations for freight transportation.
- Prepare shipping documentation, such as including bills of lading, packing lists, dock receipts, or certificates of origin.
- Provide detailed port information to importers or exporters.
- Provide shipment status notification to exporters, consignees, or insurers.
- Recommend or arrange appropriate merchandise packing methods, according to climate, terrain, weight, nature of goods, or costs.
- Recommend shipping solutions to minimize cost or environmental impacts.
- Refer exporters to experts in areas such as trade financing, international marketing, government export requirements, international banking, or marine insurance.
- Reserve necessary space on ships, aircraft, trains, or trucks.
- Review the environmental records of freight carriers to inform shipping decisions.
- Select shipment routes, based on nature of goods shipped, transit times, or security needs.
- Verify adherence of documentation to customs, insurance, or regulatory requirements.
- Verify proper packaging and labeling of exported goods.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Facsimile machines — Fax machines|
|Notebook computers — Laptop computers|
|Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Compliance software — IES Ecellerate; QuestaWeb TradeMaster QW|
|Data base user interface and query software — AESDirect *|
|Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook|
|Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Manufacturing resource planning MRP software; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; SAP software|
|Industrial control software — Package tracking software|
|Internet browser software — Web browser software|
|Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Arcline ArcFreight; CargoWise ediEnterprise; Tailwind Management Systems Tailwind; TMW Enterprise Transportation Software (see all 9 examples)|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
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|61||Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.|
|33||Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.|
|28||Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.|
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|6||Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.|
|61||Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.|
|50||Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.|
|47||Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.|
|45||Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Cargo and Freight Agents.
Employment data collected from Cargo and Freight Agents.
Industry data collected from Cargo and Freight Agents.
|Median wages (2012)||$19.10 hourly, $39,720 annual|
|Employment (2010)||82,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Much faster than average (29% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||44,200|
|Top industries (2010)||
Transportation and Warehousing (91% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
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State & National Job Banks
Sources of Additional Information
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- Cargo and Freight Agents . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.