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Logistics Services

Sea Freight
Agent

WHAT IS A SEA FREIGHT AGENT?

sea freight agent regulates the logistics aspect of transporting cargoes by ship.

 

A freight agent works under a freight broker where both serve different purposes. While a freight broker requires to be licensed, it is otherwise for an agent thus the little or no liability. Freight brokers can be seen as the organisers who are responsible for regulating shipments from an initial point to a final destination. On the other hand, freight agents focus more on the customers to cater to their shipping needs. Despite being entities that cover different roles, both a freight agent and broker work very closely together as their roles are intertwined with one another.

WHAT ARE THE FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING WHETHER TO USE SEA FREIGHT?

SPEED

When it comes to speed, sea freight services may not be as suitable as it takes weeks or months for cargo to be transported. Delays may also occur due to bad weather, for example.

COST

Because it is a relatively slower mode of shipment, cheap sea freight is more suitable for shippers who have a budget.

CAPACITY

Ship vessels have a larger capacity which makes sea freight suitable for transporting larger cargoes. But fear not, there is also the option of LCL ocean services for those that are unable to fully fill up the whole container.

RELIABILITY

Ships, unlike airlines, tend to be off-schedule and typically only operate according to weekly schedules. Therefore, cargoes shipped via international sea freight may risk not being able to arrive on the designated arrival date

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

As compared to air freight, sea freight transportation releases less carbon dioxide and is hence less harmful to the environment.

PERSONALISED TOUCH

In order to be able to cater to and solve customers’ shipping needs, freight agents will maintain communication with them. Also, the agents will keep customers updated on their freight status to ensure that deadlines are followed for a smooth delivery.

VAST CONNECTION OF NETWORK

Engaging a freight agent would mean that shippers can tap on the relationships with carriers that have already been established by the freight brokers that these agents are working under. This would therefore save traders that require international sea freight a lot of time.

LOWER PRICES

Together with other freight agents under the same broker, they may merge all of their customers’ cargo together and request for discounts. This will then be converted into lower shipping prices for customers. A freight agent that is working under a more reputable broker would be able to provide more generous discounts.

WHY CHOOSE 
M&P
INTERNATIONAL FREIGHTS?

FREIGHT FORWARDER 

AND CUSTOM BROKER

Unlike other freight forwarders, we also provide a full range of custom brokerage services.

GLOBAL OPERATION HUBS

Established in 2006, we serve globally via our operation hubs in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines.

ONE STOP PROVIDER

We help non-Singapore based customers who import to Singapore to consolidate or repack before exporting again without incurring any Goods and Services Tax, unless the goods are not exported.

COMPETITIVE PRICING

Being one of the largest international freight forwarding company, we are able to provide cost efficient pick-up from any cities around the world.

M&P International Freights has a team of trained and experience sea freight agents ready to assist you. Contact us today to get more information!

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