Domestic Freight Services

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Freight brokers have been around for a long time, but today, they must have a much higher level of skills in order to function successfully in the shipping business. Like many other fields, shipping has gone high-tech. Even simple domestic freight shipment contracts can be fairly complex.

Negotiating Contracts

Freight brokers, who are often designated as logistics professionals, must be certain that they represent the shipper's interests. That is, they must determine that the carrier has appropriate insurance and can adequately meet the shipper's needs. Brokers are also responsible for utilizing only those carriers that have excellent records for delivering shipments on time and safely.

Because the logistics company makes its profit from the contract, brokers must negotiate deals that offer the best possible terms for the shipper, including any special needs. Most domestic shipments are made by truck or air, so the broker must maintain good working relationships with both kinds of carriers. Many brokers do, in fact, handle a wide range of services. Both the shipper and the carrier must be happy with the profit they are making from the arrangement.

Domestic Freight Services

Shippers who use domestic freight services may need to send their products across the country, or they may simply need access to a dedicated lane. In either case, the broker can be the intermediary who satisfies both parties and makes a profit into the bargain. Generally, domestic freight is defined as freight that does not cross any national boundaries. It can be moved by land, by air, or even by water.


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