Ship Broker Job Description A Ship Broker Is A Freight Forwarding Agent Who Acts On Behalf Of Importers, Exporters Or Other Companies Or Persons To Organise The Safe, Efficient And Cost-effective Transportation Of Goods Via Shipping Lines. Ship Broker Duties/Functions/Responsibilities arranging courier and specialist hand-carry services; working closely with customers, colleagues and third parties to ensure smooth operations to deadlines; maintaining communication and control through all phases of the journey, including the production of management reports and statistical and unit cost analysis; investigating and planning the most appropriate route for a shipment, taking account of the perishable or hazardous nature of the goods, cost, transit time and security; arranging appropriate packing, taking account of climate, terrain, weight, nature of goods and cost, and the delivery and warehousing of goods at their final destination; negotiating contracts, transportation and handling costs; utilising e-commerce, internet technology and satellite systems to enable real-time tracking of goods; arranging charters for large volume, out-of-gauge or project movements by air and sea; acting as broker in customs negotiations worldwide to guide the freight efficiently through complex procedures; dealing with special arrangements for transporting delicate cargoes, such as livestock, food and medical supplies; obtaining, checking and preparing documentation to meet customs and insurance requirements, packing specifications, and compliance with overseas countries' regulations and fiscal regimes; offering consolidation services by sea, ensuring cost-effective and secure solutions to small shippers who have insufficient cargo to require their own dedicated units; liaising with third parties to move goods (by road, rail, air or sea) in accordance with customer requirements; arranging insurance and assisting the client in the event of a claim; offering tailored IT solutions and electronic data interchange (EDI) connections; arranging payment of freight and other charges or collection of payment on behalf of the client; arranging air transport for urgent and high-value freight and managing the risk door to door; acting as a consultant in customs matters; maintaining current knowledge of relevant legislation, political situations and other factors that could affect the movement of freight.
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