Looking for a trucking service to move your cargo from one point to another may not be the best idea unless you are familiar with the intricacies of the trucking industry. But if your knowledge about trucking is limited to your need to move your cargo from point A to point B, your life will be a lot easier if you embrace the services of a freight broker.
The freight broker will act as the go-between you, the shipper, and the transportation service provider. Of course, the freight broker will be making commission out of your transaction but it does not necessarily mean that you will be paying more. You don’t usually cover their commission anyway; the transportation service provider typically does. In fact, you can save a good deal of money if you transact with the transportation service provider through a freight agent because of the following:
- Flexibility and scalability – A freight broker will let you be flexible with the amount of cargo you will be shipping and when you will be sending it. They have access to a large database of transportation service providers. They can hook you up with a local carrier that will be charging you less compared with a carrier that will be coming several miles away from where your cargo will be picked up. A freight broker can also help you scale down your shipment during off-season, something that will be frowned upon if you are personally contracted with a carrier.
- Technology – A freight broker has technology at their fingertips, enabling them real time and accurate tracking of moving freight. You need not spend a fortune investing in technology because your freight broker will have already done this on your behalf.
- Savings – Using the services of a freight broker saves you money because of their access to a network of carriers. A freight broker who deals with big carriers are given the option to offer clients different kinds of services and equipment at lower rates.
Save time, money, and efforts by entrusting freight negotiations with the carrier to a freight agent.