Truck Brokers

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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When it comes to shipping by land, knowing how and where to connect with the trucks is critical. Thousands of carriers advertise online, and shippers can get quotes and make direct connections through the Internet. The one problem with finding carriers online is that there are so many of them and no way to know the details about their performance records or whether they are offering the lowest prices.

Freight Truck Brokers

There are, however, licensed professionals who have contracts with thousands of carriers, including individual rigs. Because the brokers can bring the carriers a lot of business, they are more likely to be able to negotiate lower rates for shippers. In addition, since the brokers want repeat business from shippers, they make it their business to know all there is to know about the carriers they suggest.

Brokers also have the expertise to negotiate the terms of contracts and to address special needs, such as moving perishables, hazardous materials, or oversized loads. They save shippers time and money and offer support at every step along the route. They can even help to develop the route itself and to develop solutions that may be short or long term.

Saving Money, Saving Time

When hauling the load is the goal, a shipper needs to have the best possible information at hand. Truck brokers have the experience, the details, and the incentive to make the match between shipper and carrier as lucrative as possible. They have the contacts that can get the load on the road, and they can track it, support it, audit it, and find a load for the carrier to haul on the return route. The best brokers are all about saving time, money, and hassles at every step of the way.

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