Transportation, freight forwarding, logistics, get to know the terms.

Transportation, freight forwarding, logistics, get to know the terms.

Post author: Piotr Wawrzyniak

Transportation, freight forwarding, logistics, get to know the terms

Key terms in this sector are transportation, freight forwarding, and logistics. Although these terms are often used interchangeably, each of them refers to different aspects of moving goods. Let’s take a closer look at these key terms.

Transport: The Foundation of Goods Movement

Transport refers to the physical process of moving goods or people from one place to another. It can involve road, rail, sea, or air transportation. In the transportation industry, the key is to efficiently and safely move cargo while adhering to established delivery schedules.

Key features:

  • Conveyance of goods or people
  • Various modes of transportation (trucks, ships, airplanes)
  • Short-term activity

Freight Forwarding: Organization and Management of Shipments

Freight forwarding is the process of planning and organizing the transportation of goods. Freight forwarders act as intermediaries between clients and transportation companies, handling logistics management, selecting appropriate means of transportation and routes, as well as all formalities such as customs and documentation.

Key features:

  • Coordination and organization of transportation
  • Negotiations with carriers
  • Management of formalities and documentation

Logistics: Comprehensive Approach to the Flow of Goods

Logistics is a broad concept that encompasses both transportation and freight forwarding, as well as many other elements such as warehousing, inventory management, packaging, and even some aspects of customer service. It represents a comprehensive approach to managing the flow of goods from the manufacturer to the consumer.

Key features:

  • Comprehensive supply chain management
  • Optimization of processes
  • Incorporating warehousing and inventory management


Understanding the differences between transportation, forwarding, and logistics is crucial in the transportation industry. Transportation serves as the foundation upon which forwarding and logistics are built. Forwarding adds a layer of planning and organization, while logistics expands this approach, encompassing the management of the entire supply chain. All three domains are closely interconnected and essential for the efficient movement of goods on a global scale.

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Agnieszka Filip, Business Development Manager, V4L
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