Start Your Own Freight Forwarding Business

Alan Bracken explains the basics of starting your own freight forwarding business. With over 35 years of experience in international trade and starting his own freight forwarding business, which he eventually sold, some valuable tips and guidance is included for any entrepreneurs looking to venture into this business.

0:00 Introduction
1:50 Company Setup
2:40 Basic Tools
3:46 Lloyds Loading List
6:40 Croner’s Reference Book
9:20 Documentation and Procedure
13:04 Third Party Providers
15:55 Export Entry
17:00 Skills Required

Some very helpful tools are the Lloyds Loading List ( and Croners Reference Book for Exporters (Free Lite version:

Croner’s no longer offer a book but everything has moved online, this shows my age! Link above to their free lite version, upgrade for full access.

Our Export Documentation and Procedure course will teach you the fundamentals and give you the practical knowledge needed to setup your business:

Want to know what a freight forwarder does?:

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16 thoughts on “Start Your Own Freight Forwarding Business 2021

  1. Malama says:

    Hi there….I love your video. In May of this year, I lost my job in a logistics company where I was it's document controller. I loved my job and miss it terribly. Starting a freight forwarding business would be a dream come true; so I'm very interested in any knowledge you have to impart!

  2. Alessandro Neves says:

    You are generating value let every one know the basics but your prices are out of the blue you would. Be much better off charging an average price because most of people that comes tô you tube they already looking for a Giood price so mathematically if you make cheaper you will sell more but with this prices iam sorry not realistic as you tube provide all information !

  3. CNC Programming Tutorial in Bangla says:

    Dear ABTS Training
    I am so glad to be connected with you, I would like to import from China to Bangladesh, but I am totally new in this and sometimes calculate all costing of import cost but bigest problem is supplier give us FOB price a long with when I want to know about container cargo fright fare. Their freight charge is not buyer friendly, too much that is great hinders in costing of import cost. Could you give a solution how can I get reasonable and good rate of cargo container.
    Sahin Sarker

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