On an international level, forwarding agents are united in the FIATA (the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations), established in Zurich.
National organisations for forwarding agents from a wide range of countries are affiliated to the FIATA. As such, a total of approx. 40,000 forwarding agencies across the globe are organised.
The activities of the FIATA take place at three institutes; the Multimodal Transport Institute (MTI), the Customs Affairs Institute (CAI) and the Air Freight Institute (AFI).
The FIATA board is furthermore supported by advisory bodies in the fields of legal matters, professional education, public relations, shipping matters, etc. The work of the FIATA focuses on the maximum performance of the international forwarding sector. Intensive negotiations take place with a large number of international organisations in the field of transport. A special mention should be given to the creation of specific forwarding documents.