Tel. +254 725967412

What is the difference between a freight forwarder and clearing agent..??

This is one of the questions that many people ask.. The answer is that in the current economic and business scenario, the line dividing these two is quite thin..

Freight Forwarder : Essentially secures the business of various exporters and importers and has the ability/facility to


·      storage the cargo belonging to the clients at their warehouse (usually all big forwarders have their own warehouses)

·      arrange the distribution or “forwarding” of the cargo as per the instructions of their client.. This could be a regular routing or various routings

·      negotiate freight rates with the shipping line to cover the interest of their clients

·      book the cargo with the shipping line as per the requirement of the client

·      prepare bills of lading and associated shipping/negotiating documentation (F178, Certificate of Origin, etc)

·      issue their approved house bill of lading as applicable

·      MAY or MAY NOT also do Customs Clearance

·      may or may not be accredited to customs, port etc and cannot do customs clearance if not accredited

·      almost viewed by clients as an alternative shipping line

·      Clearing Agent : Essentially takes care of the customs clearance aspect of the business..

·      is a company accredited with the local customs authorities, border agencies, port etc

·      arranges to pass the relevant documents at customs

·      arrange for customs inspections as required

·      check and process Duty and VAT payments as applicable

·      apply for refunds etc where applicable

·      cannot issue own bills of lading if not registered or acting as a freight forwarder


·      These are the major differences between a Freight Forwarder and Clearing Agent..a


Translate Website

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide clearance solutions for businesses from large corporates to SMEs - courier companies, e-commerce businesses and even private individuals. We understand what needs to happen, and our tailor made services can take care of every type of importation requirement without any hassle.

Corporate Responsibility

In today's unpredictable business environment, the need for responsible business practices is more critical than ever. We believe that corporate responsibility and sustainability deliver added value to our clients, employees, shareholders, business partners and the communities in which we live and operate

JSN Epic template designed by