What is Trucking?
There are many different types of trucks available for various uses. Small and relatively lightweight cargo is often transported on bobtails. As the cargo becomes heavier and bulkier, larger trucks are generally used to safely transport the cargo. There are specialty trucks like flatbed or lowboy trailers that can carry oversized cargo with the help of escort vehicles.
Trucking is often used as an extension to Air Freight Forwarding or Ocean Freight Forwarding to transport the cargo from the port to its next or final destination. Trucking is faster, more predictable, and more flexible than rail transportation services that may be offered by ocean carriers. Trucking allows the cargo to be delivered directly to the final destination rather than an intermediary container yard.
Trucking companies usually promote and competitively price certain routes that they heavily traffic while leaving out other routes. The reason for this bias is because it usually does not make economical sense for a truck to travel one-way and come back empty. So in order to be most efficient with space and fuel, trucking companies almost always prefer a round-trip or place a very large premium on one-way loads. CNC works with a comprehensive network of trucking companies with varying target routes to help balance cost and transit times.
Do I need to use a freight forwarder?
International shipping without the use of a freight forwarder is akin to a person attempting to build a house from the ground up by him or herself with no construction knowledge. While this person may know how a house looks like and can visit the local home improvement store to obtain most of the required materials, the person will likely face many challenges in adhering to building codes and safety standards, not to mention the highly inflated prices this person will likely pay for materials.
A freight forwarder like CNC Worldwide is like a general contractor when building a house. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to complete your project safely and efficiently while reducing the overall cost to you through pre-established contract rates with our vendors. We take on all the headaches and complexities of the import and export process, allowing you to operate your businesses reliably, consistently, and efficiently. And while some larger companies have in-house resources totally devoted to international shipping, for most companies that do not, a freight forwarder can not only provide a valuable service but a necessary one.
So, while you theoretically do not need a freight forwarder, international shipping is no laughing matter and CNC is here to help you every step of the way. Click on the button below to connect with us and learn more!