49. Characteristics of forwarding agents.

A forwarding agent is one who carries on the business of arranging for the carriage of goods for other people; his task is to arrange carriage rather than to effect it1. A forwarding agent is not, in general, a carrier: he does not ordinarily obtain possession of the goods and he does not ordinarily undertake the delivery of them at their destination. In normal circumstances his function is merely to act as agent2 for the goods owner to make arrangements with those contractors who do carry (such as shipowners, road hauliers, railway authorities and air carriers) and to make