5 Reasons to use a Freight Broker for Sending Freight
A freight broker is a company or individual who acts as a middle man between the transport service provider and the customer. Freight brokers do not actually provide the carriage or the shipping, but instead they provide essential services that will help the shipper identify the best freighting company. A freight broker’s job is very similar to that of a freight forwarder, except that a freight broker will not take possession of the goods at any point in time. Here are five reasons why you should choose to employ a freight broker for sending freight.
Freight brokers help you to identify the right freight company – Sometimes shippers will not know the best freighting company for their needs and will require someone with a better understanding of the industry to guide them. This is where the freight broker will be able to guide the customer. They will also be able to advise customers on the best route to take and whether to switch companies mid way.
Freight brokers help you with documentation – Exporters will find that there are many documents and forms to be filled in and duly submitted before an item or a consignment can be shipped. This is especially true with overseas consignments, where details like immigration and customs clearance must be taken care of before the goods can reach their destination. The freight broker has a lot of experience in this field and will help you complete all the documentation required accurately.
Freight brokers will help you choose the best transport mode – Depending on the kind of consignment that is to be shipped, the freight broker will advise clients on the best mode of transport to take. Clients will be advised whether to stick with one carrier or switch between carriers so that the consignment reaches safely and in the most cost effective manner.
Freight brokers help in cutting costs – When directly approaching a shipping company a new exporter may not know how to pick the cheapest and most viable transport option for a consignment. By using a freight broker, you will be able to make this decision based on the in-depth knowledge of your broker who may also be privy to some exclusive deals.
Freight brokers will help advise you on storage and maintenance – When shipping larger goods like industrial machinery and equipment, exporters will have to arrange for them to be stored for a while before they can be shipped to their destination. This equipment will also have to be put into a warehouse for a while at the destination town or city before reaching the end user. Freight Brokers will have the contacts necessary to ensure the safe storage of the goods and will be able to advise you on the cheapest mode of storage.
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