Freight quotes can vary significantly by a number of factors, including the type of cargo, distance, component services required, seasonality, and more. Commtrex works closely with various logistics service providers across North America to effectively move shippers' goods across the rail network. We can provide freight shipping quotes for single moves (manifest shipments) or for ongoing service contracts. By utilizing our network of partners, shippers ensure reliable quotes for each leg of their shipment as well as reduce the research and planning of delivered freight costs.
Shippers who move freight by rail can save a significant amount of time and money if their transportation program is planned and executed effectively. Understanding how to navigate the many aspects of moving freight by rail is imperative for shippers to capture the savings that comes along with this mode of transportation. It is essential for any business that transports freight via rail to understand the many complexities that may arise if they choose to manage the entire move themselves.
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Even though freight forwarding and freight brokerage are often used interchangeably, the two serve different purposes. Freight forwarders arrange the shipping of freight for their customers, and assemble, consolidate, and store products for them on occasion. Forwarders are legally responsible for the cargo up until delivery. On the other hand, freight brokers connect shippers and carriers and oversee the movement of freight without ever taking possession of the goods being shipped.
Both of these service providers are registered with the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). However, freight forwarders tend to have operating authority in international commerce as well. While there are a few overlaps between these services, freight brokers ship cargo under the bill of lading provided by the cargo owner, and freight forwarders ship goods under their own bills of lading.
When choosing a logistics partner, shippers should look for companies with experience transporting freight by rail that can provide unique insights to optimize a supply chain program. A highly qualified logistics partner will be able to accommodate your specific needs and provide you with a well thought out strategy for executing your rail freight shipments. Commtrex's strategic partnerships and widely-used platform provide shippers with best-in-class freight services. Contact us to learn more about how we can optimize your supply chain program with economical, reliable, and effective logistics services.