Freight forwarding is a critical component of exporting goods. Finding the best freight forwarder for your supply chain should seem like an easy task, considering more than 40,000 companies are offering this service across 150 countries around the globe.
However, with so much choice available, how do you know you’re working with the right people? Here are a few tips you can use when assessing the right freight forwarding agent for your business.
3 Tips for Sourcing the Best Freight Forwarder
Find a Service that Suits Your Needs
Freight forwarding is a huge industry. With so many vendors operating in different markets, its critical for you to qualify your prospective forwarding agent. When reviewing your final selection, run through this list of qualifying questions before committing to a contract.
- Does the agent understand your industry?
- Do they offer full-service?
- They specialize in any form of freight, such as commodities?
- Do they have a global network of warehouse facilities?
These questions will help you understand the reach and efficiency of the agent while assisting them to understand your business and provide a tailored solution to your needs.
Competitive Pricing Structures
A qualified freight forwarding agent will work with you to improve your shipping efficiencies. It’s in their best interest to develop the relationship with you, as they know you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting the right vendor.
Check with your agent to find out if they offer value-added options such as insurance. Flat rates, and volume discounts. Always remember to ask your agent if their prices are seasonal and if they provide a service for document preparation and filing.
Review Track Record, Compliance and Client Testimonials
Your forwarding agent must have licenses with the FMC, IATA, and TSA. Ensure that they meet all compliance standards and legislation requirements. Your prospective agent should be open about their business and have plenty of client testimonials to back up their customer service claims.
The Junction LLC
As a leader in the transportation industry, we demand excellence from our entire team. Our team at The Junction LLC strives to deliver the best possible customer service and is driven by a desire to solve our customer’s toughest transportation and supply chain needs.
Our team is dedicated to serving our customers and will take the necessary action to deliver our customers’ products safely, efficiently, and on-time. This is our promise to you!
Nationwide Services include:
Trucking & Freight Shipping Services:
- Time sensitive shipments
- LTL (Less-Than-Truckload)
- FTL (Full Truckload)
- Flatbed LTLRGN (removable goose neck lowboy)
- RGN (removable goose neck lowboy)
- Maxi’s / A-Train / B-Train
- Heavy Haul
- Over Dimensional
- Dry Van
- Dry Van LTL
- Refrigerated LTL
- Power Only
- Our sister companies can also provide warehousing in our food grade facilities, cross-docking, and contract warehousing.