National Truck Brokers

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Some national truck brokers are now called third party logistics companies. Their services include such essentials as providing freight bill audits, tracking, and negotiating contracts and handling logistics for shippers and carriers. These services can result in a substantial reduction in inaccurate billing and overcharges.

Experience and Skills with Truck Brokers

Good national truck brokers have connections. Often this means actual contracts with literally thousand of carriers. It usually means decades of industry experience and additional training. Freight brokers must by licensed and often carry licensing in 48 states. This allows them to negotiate with carriers throughout the country in order to find the best service and best rates for shippers.

The advantage to carriers who contract with national freight brokers is that the relationship can quickly result in full trucks, sometimes both ways. The carriers then offer the lower rates shippers need while saving the cost of backhauling empty rigs. Brokers can help carriers establish dedicated lanes, especially in major metropolitan areas where many smaller shippers enjoy a specific niche in the industry.

Providing Necessary Services

The services listed above are critical to many shippers and carriers alike. In the past, it often took an entire staff to find carriers, and there were no guarantees that the rates, routes, and records were the best ones available. The in-house staff had to follow up on all concerns, and, depending on their expertise and resources, their success could be limited. National truck brokers take that weight off the shipper's staff by handling all the details and following up when there are problems.


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