Every package, regardless of origin, journey or destination, takes its turn on a freight truck eventually.
Land transport may lack the glamour and awesomeness of air and maritime freight, but road freight is the one we turn to when we need the job finished. It’s steady and flexible, safe and pragmatic; it’s the Hufflepuff of intermodal transportation.
Where nature rules over air and ocean-bound freight—the winds and tides are indifferent to even the best-laid plans—the same cannot be said for land transportation. Mankind can pat itself on the back for that one. The planning, construction, and maintenance of complex networks of roads and railways, some hundreds of years old, built to reach even the most remote destinations, is an incredible, ever-evolving achievement spanning generations of trailblazers.
In many supply chains, especially across the EU, land freight is the be-all, end-all mode of transport connecting all of the dots between products and consumers. At the very least, land transport acts as the anchor leg in a supply chain relay race.
If you ship a full truckload, your freight is the only freight in the truck. From the moment of the pickup, the truck’s only job is to get to your freight’s intended destination.
LTL (Less Than Truckload)
If you ship an LTL freight load, you are sharing space (and cost) with others. This means your shipment headed to Houston could end up accompanying other companies’ shipments to cities in several states, Cleveland and Nashville, for example, before finally reaching Houston. The entire truck is unloaded at each intermittent destination, thus increasing travel time and risk for damage by handling.
In freight forwarding, the term drayage is most often used to refer to the trucking service from an ocean port to a warehouse, rail ramp, or other destination.
Other land freight services that CAF offers include:
We invite you to share in the web of supply chain excellence that we benefit from every day thanks to our long-standing, trusted relationships with various carrier lines earned from decades of executing gracious freight rate negotiations.
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