Freight brokers provide services to cargo shippers by supplying the companies with competent haulers to transport cargo either by rail, truck, ocean tanker or airplane. These brokers tailor transportation services for the shipper’s needs. Industry professionals have the option of joining several international organizations that help them coordinate shipments and receive information about government regulatory policies.
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association
The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) is a global freight-forwarding organization that has worked with governmental authorities and private international organizations to ship freight worldwide. Founded in Vienna, Austria, this nongovernmental association (NGO) has been recognized by the World Trade Association and has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. FIATA claims it represents about 40,000 transportation firms that employ more than eight million workers globally.
The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America
The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) has about 870 companies as international transportation and trade members. Located in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA deals with freight forwarders, ocean transportation intermediaries, air cargo agents and customs brokers. Members of this association receive needed information from the Washington staff about legislative news and regulatory issues.
Association of Ship Brokers and Agents
Freight brokers engaged in maritime shipping can join the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA), which has offices located in the United States and Canada. Members of ASBA include certified agents and ship brokers who handle dry cargo and tanker transportation. The ASBA also welcomes affiliate members such as ship owners, charterers and tug companies.
Transportation Intermediaries Association
Third-party logistics companies that arrange the transportation of goods between shippers and carriers can join the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). Members of this organization are licensed by the United States Department of Transportation as brokers or freight forwarders. These freight brokers deal with all forms of cross-border transportation arrangements involving trucks, warehouses and consolidation centers.