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5 Reasons To Hire An Ocean Freight Broker

What's in this article?
  1. The Right Time To Hire A Freight Broker
  2. Five Reasons To Get Yourself An Ocean Freight Broker
  3. 1) Cost Reduction
  4. 2) Capacity
  5. 3) Agility And Efficiency
  6. 4) Save Time And Resources
  7. 5) Streamline Your Shipping
  8. We've Got You Covered!
5 Reasons To Hire An Ocean Freight Broker

While some people think freight brokers are just glorified transportation agents, they actually act as liaisons between shippers and transport companies and help facilitate the entire shipment process.

Freight brokers are usually used by large corporations, though it depends on the type of business and industry.

If you want to increase your shipping efficiency, an ocean freight broker can help in these three scenarios:

  1. You need to transport a substantial item.
  2. The complexity of your shipments is getting out of hand.
  3. You don't know what to ask for.

The Right Time to Hire a Freight Broker

Preparing for the shipment of cargo requires a lot of work.

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You need to have an idea of how much room you'll need for storage, the types of goods you'll be moving and whether or not they have specific handling requirements, and the distances that these goods will travel before reaching their final destinations.

And it won't even be the beginning of it.

When you have determined how much space you are willing to dedicate to shipping, the next step is to figure out where you are going to send it from, how you are going to get it there, and whether or not you have any alternatives for insurance coverage.

It necessitates a large investment of time and effort, as well as a lot of energy, and the payoff is a lot of headaches. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it could appear to be an insurmountable effort, there are a variety of strategies to make the whole process simpler.

One of those methods is partnering with a freight broker. They help to ensure that cargo gets from one place to another without any issues.

They accomplish this goal by providing price estimates, organizing transportation, and tracking packages in transit.

Five Reasons to Get Yourself an Ocean Freight Broker

Here are five reasons we feel you should hire and use an ocean freight broker.

1) Cost reduction

Most shippers don't realize what freight rates are. They just assume they're reasonable. However, it turns out that the typical cost per unit for shipping is $3.50.

Employing a professional who is aware of how to bargain for the lowest possible costs will allow you to make the most of the money you spend.

Freight brokers play an important role in this process. Brokers collaborate with companies who ship goods to discover the most competitive pricing options, which can save customers typically hundreds of dollars.

On average, shipping companies save nearly half their costs when they use a broker instead of doing business directly with carriers.

Even though some shippers may believe they may lose consumers if they reduce their shipping prices, research has shown that doing so actually increases the level of satisfaction experienced by customers.

So, there shouldn't be a reason to fear losing customers if you lower your prices.

2) Capacity

Freight brokers are able to assist you in managing capacity issues.

Being a small business owner, perhaps you've experienced feeling overwhelmed by too many tasks at once.

You must be careful not to quickly fill your warehouse or truck bed. If you do, it'll be expensive. Nevertheless, there are ways to avoid these pitfalls.

Freight brokers help companies plan ahead and set realistic estimates about how much freight they can handle at once. They also help if something goes wrong.

If you have lots of inventory coming into your business, you might want to consider using a freight broker to help you manage incoming shipments and keep an eye on where things are at any given time.

This way, you don't risk losing anything—and you'll be saving money.

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3) Agility and efficiency

One of the most effective ways to bring down the expense of transporting goods all over the world is to make use of freight brokers.

They provide a range of solutions, including matching supply chains with demand, negotiating freight rates, and finding the most efficient routes to deliver your cargo.

They're fully prepared to help you deal with any shipping issue, using their unique insight, extensive resource, and extensive network to ensure that your shipment gets there safely and on time.

4) Save time and resources

Shipping is a complex business. As a result, there are many different kinds of carrier options available, each offering its own unique benefits and drawbacks.

It is possible that you may wind up wasting money if you do not already have a notion of the kind of carrier you want to utilize.

Finding out how much it will cost to transport your products is a good method to begin started, so you should definitely look into that. Next, contrast those figures with the fees charged by the carriers.

If you decide to go through an outsourced provider, you'll need to figure out if they offer better rates than a direct relationship with a company.

You might also investigate the many kinds of carriers that are offered to choose which one is the most appropriate for your needs.

5) Streamline your shipping

Freight brokers help shipping firms move their goods efficiently.

They know the 'Ins' and 'Outs' of the transportation industry and provide their clients with the information they need to make smart choices about transportation options.

Freight brokers help you streamline your shipment by asking the right questions, like; finding out what carriers are best suited for your shipment and choosing the right method of delivery.

They also ensure that someone who knows what they're doing helps in the process of picking the right carrier for your shipment.

Summed up, they are able to provide guidance on a wide variety of topics, ranging from packing materials and accessories to loading docks.

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We've Got You Covered!

Still, deciding whether or not you need a freight broker?

You will need one that has been in business for many years, is licensed, bonded, and insured, and has established agreements with several different carriers.

No need to look any further. With our specialized teams and resources, at A1 Auto Transport, we are able to assist you and your business find the best freight solution for your shipment.

Contact us now!

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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