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Job Description

Freight Forwarders will organise the transportation of goods and cargoes around the world, they will decide on the most cost effective type of transport to be used based on what is to be delivered and where it is to be delivered to.

Entry Requirements

Many employers will expect you to have:

  • 4 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths, or equivalent
  • experience in office administration or transport

Good computer skills and ability in a foreign language will also be helpful.

You may be able to start on a graduate training scheme with a larger company if you have a degree in a relevant subject like transport and distribution or language and business.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and training, you could become a senior freight account manager, business development officer or specialise in a particular type of work like sea freight.

You may also have the opportunity to work abroad, shipping freight back to the UK.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Courier
  • Delivery van driver
  • Road haulage load planner
  • Road transport manager

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

Excellent communication skills, good interpersonal skills to build relationships with clients, a logical and methodical approach to work, tact and diplomacy, good organisation and planning skills, excellent IT skills, a foreign language would be an advantage.

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £40,000

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