(1) Chartering agent. Also known as SHIPPING BROKER, a person who carries out a ship leasing business for the purpose of a ship’s business activities. The main business is to find suitable shipping vessels for the charterers in the market or to find shipping objects for the shipowners. The middleman status allows the charterer and the shipowner to reach a lease transaction and earn commissions. Therefore, it is divided into charter agent and shipowner agent according to the identity of the principal it represents.
(2) Shipping agent (SHIPPING AGENT). Refers to the person who accepts the entrustment of the carrier and handles all business related to the ship. The main business includes ship entry and exit, freight, supply and other service work. The ship’s entrustment and the acceptance of the agent are limited to one time per ship, which is called a voyage agent; there is a long-term agency agreement between the ship and the agent, called long-term agency.
(3) FREIGHT FORWARDER. Refers to the entrustment of the owner of the goods, on behalf of the cargo owner to handle the customs declaration, handover, warehousing and handling services, transfer, inspection, packaging, transshipment, booking, etc., mainly engaged in booking agent, cargo handling agent, cargo declaration agent, forwarding agent , tally agents, storage agents, container agents, etc.
(4) Consultation agent (CONSULTATIVEAGENT): A person who specializes in consulting work and receives certain compensation for the provision of international trade, information, information, data and information services according to the needs of the client. The business between the above types of agents is often intertwined. For example, many shipping agents also operate freight forwarding agents, and some freight forwarders also operate shipping agents.