What exactly does a freight broker do?
A freight broker is a licensed property broker that uses its network of carriers to transport shippers' freight – and much more. This “much more” includes helping shippers to cut costs, move freight fast, and remove the demands of traffic management and carrier sourcing from its operations.
Do freight brokers make a lot of money?
Freight brokers make their money in the margin between the amount they charge each shipper (their customer) and what they pay the carrier (the truck driver) for every shipment. Although it varies from one transaction to the next, healthy freight brokers typically claim a net margin of 3-8 percent on each load.
What does a trucking freight broker do?
A freight brokerage serves as the intermediary between the shipper, who needs to move their cargo, and the carrier (trucking company) that has the means to do so.
What is the difference between a freight broker and a freight agent?
At the top level the difference between a freight broker and a freight agent is a freight agent is an individual or group of individuals that functions as an independent contractor under a freight broker's operating license to move freight for its customers, while the freight broker moves freight under its own FMCSA ...