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Cargo and Freight Agents

Cargo and Freight Agents
Quick Facts : Cargo and Freight Agents*
2010 Median Pay$37,150
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201282,200
Job Outlook29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change24,100

Cargo and freight agents are responsible for the incoming and outgoing shipments for transportation companies and other organizations. They facilitate shipments of goods through airline, train, and trucking terminals and shipping docks. Agents ensure that shipments are picked up and delivered on time, the paperwork is completed, and fees are collected.

What Cargo and Freight Agents Do

  • Determine shipping methods and routes from pick-up location to final destination
  • Coordinate transportation and logistics details with shipping and freight companies
  • Estimate, negotiate, and determine postal rates, shipment costs, and other charges
  • Notify clients of cargo shipments, status en route, and time of delivery
  • Prepare bills of lading, invoices, and other required shipping documents

Work Environment

Cargo and freight agents typically work in warehouses, stockrooms, or shipping and receiving stations. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of cargo and freight agents is projected to grow 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, with the growing popularity of online shopping which is likely to result in more goods being shipped across the country from central shipment centers and warehouses.
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The average salary of cargo and freight agents was $37,150 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Cargo and Freight Agents

High school diplomas are usually the only requirement for cargo and freight agent positions since workers typically train informally on the job.
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