Shipping Agency Service

Shipping Agency Service

 

A shipping agency or shipping agent is the designated person or agency held responsible for handling shipments and cargo, and the general interests of its customers, at ports and harbors worldwide, on behalf of ship owners, managers, and charterers. In some parts of the world, these agents are referred to as port agents or cargo brokers. There are several categories of shipping agents such as: port agents, liner agents, and own agencies, each rendering specific services depending on the shipping company they represent.

Responsibilities of Shipping Agents Include:

  • Ensuring a berth for the incoming ship
  • Arranging for the pilot and the tugs if necessary
  • Drawing up the documents for the customs and harbor services
  • Arranging for the necessary ship fresh water / provisions
  • Arranging for the necessary doctor for the crew any medical assistance
  • Arranging for storage bunkers if these are needed
  • Arranging for the necessary repairs
  • Conveying instructions to and from the ship owner
  • Organizing the supply, transport and the handling of the goods
  • Organizing the necessary contacts with the stevedores
  • Collecting freights, cargoes
  • Contacting shippers and the receivers of the goods