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Freight Forwarding

Arranging shipments from the producer to the final point of destination using different carriers and shipping methods.

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Why is this skill important?

The Freight Forwarder keeps goods and cargo moving around the world. Through a combination of transportation by road, rail, air, and sea customers receive their freight that can then be sold to customers or used in manufacturing products.

A freight forwarder’s expertise in logistics, and varying national customs, insurance, and laws ensures customers receive their goods. A freight forwarder must be both exact and responsive, using efficient problem solving skills to meet their customers’ expectations.

Much of their time is spent doing written and telephone correspondence, communicating with co-workers and contacts to efficiently move the freight to its final destination. Globalization continues to grow the sector as more goods are transported internationally.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Complex problems
  • Using computers

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors solve issues that arise in the normal course of business through effective customer service.

  • Proper application of procedures for the movement of goods across road, rail, air, and sea will be evaluated.

  • Judges are looking for the use of law and accounting principles.

  • Competitors use information and communication technology to source suppliers, obtain quotes, track orders, and manage invoicing.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 721 Gleb Shmonin Russia
Gold 720 Wen Xin Olivia Low Singapore
Bronze 680 Sarah Ruckenstuhl Austria
677 Siyu Zhou China

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.