for·​ward·​er ˈfȯr-wər-dər How to pronounce forwarder (audio)
 also  ˈfō-,
 or  ˈfȯ-,
 Southern also  ˈfär-
: 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 The survey, which gathered responses from a diverse range of stakeholders including freight forwarders, beneficial cargo owners, third-party logistics service providers, and carriers, revealed the significant effort and time that goes into the planning and research of freight routes. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 These investments present a potential alternative for shippers and particularly their freight forwarders who are weary of the chronic volatility of the West Coast ports. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 Marine and aviation biofuels cost several times more than regular fuels. DHL, one of the largest forwarders in the world, moves hundreds of billions of dollars worth of freight each year by ocean, air and land. Paul Berger, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2023 Other methods of combating the issue include working with a freight forwarder or logistics company (18 percent), improving forecasting (16 percent), finding new manufacturing or vendor partners (13 percent), and streamlining assortments (11 percent). Greg Petro, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Patricia Anne Daly was born on Aug. 4, 1956, in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, where her mother was a teacher and her father worked as a freight forwarder for an import-export company. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2022 The Danish forwarder has been among the most aggressive firms in the shipping sector at buying and integrating underperforming peers in the highly-fragmented market for managing the freight transportation and logistics behind global trade. Paul Berger, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Those components get trucked by the Vietnamese Railways, loaded, and then transported to the Haiphong port, where a freight forwarder ensures the container is loaded on an Ocean carrier. Steve Banker, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The freight forwarder Seko Worldwide said in a report this past week that there are restrictions for trucks traveling in and out of Shenzhen and that trucks from Shenzhen to Hong Kong have stopped operating, except for essential goods to Hong Kong. Costas Paris, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forwarder was in 1549

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“Forwarder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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for·​ward·​er ˈfȯr-wərd-ər How to pronounce forwarder (audio)
: one that forwards

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