forwarder

noun
for·​ward·​er | \ ˈfȯr-wər-dər How to pronounce forwarder (audio) also ˈfō- or ˈfȯ-, Southern also ˈfär- \

Definition of forwarder

: one that forwards especially : an agent who performs services (such as receiving, transshipping, or delivering) designed to move goods to their destination

Examples of forwarder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For freight forwarders, any shipment to the United States was good business. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring," 17 Oct. 2019 Ports and their customs offices are operating fairly smoothly, said several freight forwarders, who are essentially travel agents for cargo shipments. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Virus Disrupts China’s Shipping, and World Ports Feel the Impact," 27 Feb. 2020 The cancellation of flights in and out of China has been so extensive that freight forwarders have had a very hard time finding any space at all on planes for their shipments. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Virus Disrupts China’s Shipping, and World Ports Feel the Impact," 27 Feb. 2020 The shipment on its way to Mexico had been sent through five separate freight forwarders, the nameless middlemen of international shipping, who handle all the paperwork and logistics of export. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring," 17 Oct. 2019 Many companies, including transportation operators and freight forwarders that manage the flow of goods, have been reluctant to share data on common platforms. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Big Ocean Cargo Carriers Join Blockchain Initiative," 28 May 2019 In recent months, logistics operators in Denmark and Kuwait have been competing for control of Swiss freight forwarder Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in an effort to gain market share and operations in more international markets. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "DHL’s Appel Won’t Enter Logistics M&A Market," 17 Mar. 2019 People involved in the matter say the Competition Commission is going through a list of monopoly concerns raised mostly by cargo owners and freight forwarders. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Hong Kong Port Alliance Challenged by Cargo Owners," 13 Jan. 2019 The process is still in its infancy, and will require thousands of participants from shipping companies and ports to inland freight forwarders, cargo owners, and customs and border security agencies to work as intended. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of forwarder

1549, in the meaning defined above

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“Forwarder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forwarder. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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