Truck freight companies use trailers or semi-trailers to carry goods. These trailers are hooked up to a motor vehicle and can also be detached during intermodal transport. There are two types of motor carriers or companies that offer truck transportation: for-hire and private. Choosing which type and which one to move your goods isn't too difficult provided you do your homework. Use our handy form below to begin the comparison process and you'll receive up to 5 free quotes in no time!
About 85% of all the tonnage of goods transported by road travel over 150 kilometers, indicating that long-haul travel dominates the industry. Local trucking companies will often partner with long-distance or specialized freight trucking companies in order to provide mutually beneficial relationships. Dispatchers are essential in order to ensure smooth communication and coordination of freight, schedules, routes and assignments.
Road transport is used more often than rail but less frequently than ocean freight. Due to adverse effects on the environment, traffic and accidents, industry players are increasingly trying to advocate the use of intermodal transport rather than strictly truck freight transport.
Over half of the trucking and warehousing companies in the United States of America employ less than 5 people. Due to such intense competition, this means you can receive very personalized service and competitive quotes when working with a transportation and/or storage business. The truck freight industry is expected to do well in the coming years, and experts predict that 70% of the total U.S. freight tonnage will be moved by the trucking industry by 2018. The Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine serves as an essential information source for the North American truck market, as does the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is highly regarded. Equally so is the International Road Transport Union (IRU), which works in about 75 countries on behalf of the road transportation industry to protect and serve the best interests of people, the environment and the economy. They oversee fleet management, traffic patterns, legislation, technology, safety, sustainable energy and free trade. They also support the TIR system (Transports Internationaux Routiers / International Road Transport) which allows goods to travel across borders in sealed containers without having the hassle or delays of Customs and border control along their routes. As the only Customs transit system that exists globally, it is clearly very successful with approximately 10000 TIR transits daily in more than 55 countries.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport supports Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) such as onboard navigation to keep drivers up to date on traffic patterns, accidents, best travel routes and weather conditions. All kinds of technology is used these days such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are located inside vehicles and warn drivers of curves in the road and distance between vehicles. There's even Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) which alerts drivers if they are going too fast or too slow. Another useful tool in the truck freight industry is the Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system. AVL incorporates the use of GSM and GPS to help locate trucks and is a vital tool for fleet management.