The Smart Move: Why Your Freight Forwarder Should Handle Your Trucking Needs

In this blog post, we'll explore the compelling reasons why importers should make this strategic shift and why those not taking advantage of this are losing out.

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Importing product internationally involves more than just securing capacity on ocean vessels. Well-executed international shipments are handled from factory floor to delivery door, without a hitch. From port congestion issues to chassis constraints to downright unprofessional trucking carriers, importers should consider tapping into their NVOCC's resources to handle their international shipments to their door.

1. Leverage Collective Volume for Competitive Pricing

One of the most significant advantages of letting your freight forwarder manage your trucking is their ability to leverage their collective volume. Freight forwarders handle shipments for numerous clients, which means they have substantial bargaining power with trucking carriers. This enables them to negotiate extremely competitive trucking rates that individual importers may struggle to secure on their own. By tapping into your freight forwarder's network and expertise, you can significantly reduce your transportation costs.

2. Access to High-Quality Trucking Relationships

Quality of service is paramount in the world of logistics. Freight forwarders, due to their extensive volume and industry experience, have cultivated strong and lasting relationships with trucking providers. These relationships translate into reliable and efficient transportation solutions. At ASF, our trucking services are based on strong, mutually beneficial relationships with our truckers. At ASF, you can rest assured that your goods will be handled by reputable carriers who prioritize timely deliveries and safe handling.

3. Cost Savings Through Efficiency

Hiring a dedicated in-house team member to arrange trucking can be costly for importers. It involves recruiting, training, and providing ongoing support to an employee, all of which add up in terms of time and money. By allowing your freight forwarder to handle trucking arrangements, you eliminate the need for an additional position, reducing overhead costs and streamlining your operation. This is especially true for shipments where your forwarder is handling the ocean portion of the import. This cost-saving approach can free up resources that can be better utilized in other areas of your business.

4. Mitigating Trucking Mishaps

When ocean shipments go according to plan, importers often experience the most significant challenges and frustrations when it comes to trucking mishaps. Delays, damage, or miscommunication can result in costly setbacks and strained relationships with customers. When you entrust your freight forwarder with your shipments to the door, you're benefiting from their expertise in managing these risks. They have the knowledge and tools to proactively address potential issues, ensuring that your goods reach their destination safely and on time.


In conclusion, the advantages of letting your freight forwarder handle your trucking needs are undeniable.Their ability to negotiate competitive rates, access high-quality trucking relationships, and provide cost-effective solutions should not be under estimated. Additionally, by minimizing the need for in-house trucking coordination, you're streamlining your operation and saving on overhead costs.

Importers understand that trucking mishaps are where the most pain is felt in the logistics process. By partnering with a trusted freight forwarder, you're not just simplifying your supply chain; you're also minimizing the risks associated with transportation. In the dynamic world of international trade, making the smart move to let your freight forwarder manage your trucking is a strategic decision that can lead to cost savings, peace of mind, and smoother operations. So, don't hesitate to leverage the expertise and resources of your freight forwarder—it's a win-win for your business.

Contact the ASF team to talk about your current logistics program and experience a more personalized, proactive, and compliant approach today.

Meet Our Expert

This article is reviewed by Jeffrey D. Plumley, Chief Commercial Officer and Licensed US Customs House Broker.

Jeff has an extensive background in global logistics, spanning various freight forwarding executive management positions. As a Licensed US Customs House Broker, he has managed regulatory compliance and is a worldwide expert in Flexitank transportation logistics.

In addition to his strong forwarding and Flexitank background, Jeff was also Head of Regulatory Compliance and Sales for a major global logistics software provider. He has over 30 years of logistics experience and a strong leadership background having graduated from the Citadel.

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