A freight broker is an intermediary between the shipper and the carrier. They help match shippers up with carriers and ensure that the freight gets delivered efficiently. Although the freight broker plays an important role in moving the freight, they aren’t the ones who actually move the freight.
Freight brokers are a valuable asset to both shippers and carriers. Shippers use freight brokers to find reliable carriers to move their freight. Carriers appreciate freight brokers because they help them to fill their otherwise empty tucks.
Freight brokers are experts in the trucking and shipping industry and they use their knowledge to help both carriers and shippers. Freight brokers also typically have access to various resources that help them to coordinate shipments with shippers and carriers in the most efficient manner.
Some companies only work with freight brokers when they are having trouble coordinating their shipments. However, some companies decide to use freight brokers to coordinate all of their shipments. The frequency of using a freight broker depends on the shipper’s or carrier’s needs.
Freight brokers should not be confused with freight forwarders. Unlike freight forwarders, freight brokers never take possession of the freight. Freight brokers just help to coordinate the shipment by matching the shipper up with a carrier. Freight forwarders actually take possession of the freight and then arrange for the shipment.
Using a freight broker may be a solution for your company. If you are interested in learning more about freight broker services, please contact us.