A Guide to Jobs and Careers in Freight Forwarding

We live in a globalised society, which means that we are more interconnected and interdependent on one another more than ever. As companies and countries exchange materials and services for money, they need people to move their goods around the globe, so they are where they need to be.

This is where freight forwarding comes in!

Here at Midas Recruitment, we are experts in freight forwarding recruitment and procurement. In this article from our team, we will help you navigate the world of freight forwarding.

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What is Freight Forwarding?

Freight forwarders are companies that provide the transport of goods between countries, through imports and exports. The transportation of these goods is usually through sea, air, rail and road.

Some freight forwarding companies only cover a small area. Others are much larger in scale and have operations around the globe transporting billions of dollars’ worth of products, raw materials and more between countries.

Freight forwarding is everywhere, from drivers delivering to supermarkets to port workers loading and unloading ships, freight forwarding is what keeps the world moving and helps us all to sustain our way of life.

What kinds of jobs are in Freight Forwarding?

One of the greatest advantages of working in freight forwarding is that the work is so varied. Whatever your skill set, there is likely to be a role for you, including:

  • Data Administrators
  • Site Controllers/Foremen
  • Freight Clerk
  • Crew on Transport Vessels
  • Business Managers
  • Hiring and Procurement
  • Customs Administrator
  • Transport Planner
  • and many more!

Each of these roles has its own responsibilities to ensure that the supply chain keeps moving and vital services continue.

The only limit in freight forwarding is your ambition. This industry is fast-moving and highly rewarding with incredible facilities for growth both personally and professionally.

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What skills are beneficial for freight forwarding?

Because of the range of jobs available throughout the industry, there is no set list of desired skills and qualifications that a person should have to get into the industry.  What is most important is having the right mindset and a willingness to learn, so whatever your previous experience there is a job for you.

But there are certain skills that are advantageous and can put you above the rest. These include:

  • Speaking another language. As so many of these jobs involve international travel, knowing a second language can be really useful.
  • Experience of working with computers; the industry is becoming more and more digital to maximise efficiency and minimise errors. Being able to quickly adapt to new computer systems will mean that you can quickly get to grips with your new role.
  • Good people skills. Working with colleagues around the world you could meet new people every day. Having the skills to build good relationships with new people to work as a team and complete tasks will help you to thrive in this industry.

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What are the salary expectations for freight forwarding?

There are some challenges to working in freight forwarding. For some jobs it can involve working nights or being away from home for long periods of time, or they can often be physically demanding too. But because of this, companies, especially those which require you to work long distances, pay extremely well.

Working in freight forwarding requires a lot of dedication but the benefits of the job far outweigh the drawbacks. Being able to work with a diverse range of people learning new skills on the job and travelling the world practically for free is unmatched!

Can I get a remote jobs in Freight Forwarding?

In short, probably not, very few jobs in freight forwarding are remote. This is because almost all the roles are key front-line positions. Without these critical roles, many vital supply chains from food to pharmaceuticals would simply grind to a holt.

A key aspect of freight forwarding is movement and moving with your cargo is common for most roles in the industry. Therefore, it is highly likely that you will be able to travel around the globe, whether that is with your cargo or being deployed to set locations for set periods of time.

There are also many local roles available, in ports, airports and depots – meaning there is something to suit everyone.

Ready to navigate the world of Freight Forwarding?

There is no better time to get into the wonderful world of freight forwarding, as the world re-opens and grows after Covid; the industry is expanding, so the time is now! Find your new role, see the world, meet new people and thrive with Midas Recruitment. With our expertise and client base, we can pair you with the perfect job.

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