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Freight Broker

An intermediary between shippers and carriers that arranges the transportation of goods.

What is a Freight Broker?

A Freight Broker is an intermediary between shippers and carriers that makes the needed arrangements for the transportation of goods. Brokers don’t typically take possession of freight as part of their responsibilities. However, many brokers also operate as freight forwarders and carriers will do so.

Their most important functions include:

  • Connecting shippers and carriers
  • Negotiating freight rates
  • Logistics expertise
  • Freight documentation
  • Carrier selection
  • Compliance with regulations
  • Customer service 

Some freight brokers will even be able to provide shipment tracking details and assist with problem-solving when troubles come up. 

Looking for tips on effectively reducing your transportation costs in truckload shipping? Our freight resources blog provides practical advice and cost-saving strategies to help optimize your budget, negotiate favorable rates, and identify opportunities for cost reduction.  

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