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Logistics Abbreviations

The shipping industry is a vast network if constant movement of freight. Goods which are essential to all our needs and wants are transported throughout North America and the world on a daily basis. Companies looking to move their freight are faced with a long list of decisions for the movement of their freight. Understanding all the different logistics abbreviations can make those decisions a little easier. Below are some of the different types of logistics providers.

1PL First party logistics providers are single service providers. They only work in a specific geographic area and specialize in certain goods or shipping methods

2PL Second party logistics providers utilize their specialized logistics services in a larger geographical area than the 1PL, usually nationally.

3PL – Stands for Third Party Logistics. TPL is another way of abbreviating third party logistics. There are a few types of 3PLs which offer certain ranges of service to their customers. They go by various names such as Provider, Service Developer, Customer Adapter, and Customer Developer. The most significant difference between a second party logistics provider and a third party logistics provider is the fact that a 3PL provider is always integrated in the customs system.

4PL – Fourth Party Logistics do not own any transport assets or have warehouse capacity. The idea was developed by Accenture Firms in the 1970s. They basically assist with increasing the efficiency of a supply chain. They choose the 3PL which will be most suitable for the logistical needs of the customer.

5PL offer supply chain management and services to their customers.

Freight brokers, like Road King Freight Logistics are closer to freight forwarders and not 3PL. They are able to move your freight using their own proven network of carriers. Freight shipping through Road King Freight Logistics is secure, timely and not limited by load size.

To learn more about how to effectively ship your freight, contact Toad King Freight Logistics today.



Shipping to US Destinations

Cross border shipping to US destinations has been picking up over the past year as many US companies are discovering the benefit of the low loonie. Bringing goods into the country from Canada can be a money saving decision.

The current low Canadian dollar is a great benefit for both US and Canadian companies looking to ship goods into the US. Companies that would like to import their goods from Canada will see the most cost effective benefit in the current market.

When shipping cross border, another benefit in getting your goods to their US destinations on time and safe is having a knowledgeable freight broker to take care of all the details. An experience broker will save your company hundreds, if not thousands of dollar at the border. Customs paperwork can be confusing, and if not filled out properly, can cause delays or even cause companies to be fined and have freight confiscated.

Road King Freight Logistics is experienced in the process of cross border shipping to many US destinations. Whether it is from Brampton to Detroit, Windsor to Miami, Winnipeg to Kansas City, or Vancouver to Dallas, Road King Freight Logistics will ensure your load makes it to its destination without any issues at the border.

With almost two decades in the freight brokering business, Road Kind Freight Logistics will be able to coordinate the entire trip of your shipment into the US saving you the headache and worry. Your business is important and your products are treated with the same importance.

On average, companies will save a few hundred dollars per shipment. Spending smartly is the key, especially when trying to keep overhead low. If you would like to discuss rates, or learn more about shipping from Canada to the US, contact Road King Freight Logistics today!

Shipping Paper Work (Canada to the US)

For many companies, shipping across the border is viewed as a big headache. The thought of filling out the proper paperwork in detail can give one a headache.

Companies who hire freight brokers to take care of the headache for them may feel like they are dodging a bullet. But it is in a company’s best interest to have a brief understanding of what paperwork is needed and why.

If your freight broker needs to ask you questions regarding your shipment, always answer truthfully and be aware that they are asking you in order to fill out the paperwork properly so you do not end up with an even bigger headache with your freight stuck at the border.

Some things you should know about the paperwork are the Bill of Lading, the Commercial Invoice, and the Certificate of Origin. You do not have to be fluent in terminology, but the basic gist of these things will make communicating with your freight broker go more smoothly.

The Bill of Lading is very important. All the information on it must be consistent with all the information on the Commercial Invoice. It must include an accurate and complete description of the goods being shipped, clearly and concisely, as well as indicating the type of clearance preferred by the consignee, and the name of the Customs Broker or Agents at the frontier port or inland sufferance warehouse.

The Commercial Invoice consists of two copies, one must accompany the freight from the point of pickup to the point of customs clearance, the other is attached to the Bill of Lading. This document gives a complete description of the goods being shipped, the proper valuations of the goods and currency information.

And lastly the Certificate of Origin, a document that can cause a lot of headaches if not filled out correctly or is missing. It is used by the broker to determine the correct rate of duty under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). If this document is missing, the highest rates may be applied to each consignment. The U.S. Customs may also not allow the goods into the country.

When shipping goods from the US into Canada a Canada Customs Invoice must also accompany all the paperwork. Much like the Commercial Invoice, there must be two copies, accompanying the shipment.

Road King Freight Logistics can make it feel painless to ship your goods across the border to all US destinations. Save yourself from the headache and call Road King Freight Logistics today.

Interesting Industry Facts

The internet is full of some interesting tidbits on freight, shipping and the trucking industry as a whole. It is a vast industry and the following facts put it into a perspective almost incomprehensible.

– half of all truck drivers spend more than 200 nights of the year out on the road.

-the trucking industry is responsible for the transportation of 9.4 billion tons of freight

-predictions are that in the next four years, truckload volumes will grow by 3.2% annually

-the trucking industry logs an estimated 432,9 billion miles in a year – enough to circle the world 17 million times!

-the trucking industry uses 52,300,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year

-if all 15.5 million U.S. commercial trucks line up end to end, they will cover the distance to the Moon – some 240,000 miles!

– the annual value of shipped goods is a staggering $139,463,000,000.

-in Canada alone, the trucking industry is worth over $65 billion with more than 260,000 drivers and over 400,000 employees overall.

-90 percent of all consumer products and foodstuffs were shipped by truck throughout Canada

-two-thirds of Canada-US trade is moved by truck, including more than 80 percent of all US exports to Canada.

Seeing these facts and numbers can be mindboggling but using the trucking industry to ship goods is one of the best and growing modes of freight shipping in North America. Let Road King Freight logistic help you become part of the growing industry stats. Contact Road King to book your next shipment.

Flat Deck and Flat Deck Cross Border Shipping

Flat deck shipping is a valuable and economical resource for many small, mid sized and large businesses. Ltl freight and full load flat deck freight shipments work well for shipping odd shape or sized loads from equipment to parts and components, lumber, building supplies and more

Road King Freight and Logistics is a top freight broker in flat deck shipping and flat deck cross boarder shipping. From Winnipeg to Chicago or Windsor to Buffalo and all other cross border destinations Road King Freight and Logistics has you covered

Using the experience of Road King Freight and Logistics will bring you peace of mind that your flat deck load gets to its destination on time and safely. Road King Freight and Logistics matches your Ltl or full load flat deck freight with one of the many trusted carriers for both in country or cross border

When you need flat deck shipping call Road King to meet your needs.

Cross Border Shipping

For some companies, shipping goods from Canada to the US, or US to Canada can be confusing and stressful. Customs fees, custom claims paperwork, detailed load manifests are enough to cause a headache

Finding the right carrier to ship your freight across the border without incident is another deterrent for many small to mid sized businesses

Freight brokers, like Road King Freight Logistics,who are experienced in cross border shipping, can be any small business’ answer to overcoming the stress. The freight broker understands the customs rules and regulations and can help alleviate the confusion. They work with experienced cross border carriers who deal with ltl freight and full load freight

Shipping your wares across the border should never be a limitation to your reach. The next time you need to ship cross border, call Road King Freight Logistics.

Advantages of Using a Freight Broker

Freight brokers play an important role in the process of getting your LTL freight (less than load) to its destination in a timely and affordable manner

Freight brokers ensure the precise coordination of all the shipping needs of the client are met. A freight broker can match your LTL freight with reliable carriers who will transport your goods safely and promptly.

Like other types of brokers, freight brokers work hard to get the best rates for both shipper and carrier. This takes an experienced negotiator with a knowledge of carrier rates. Some freight brokers are able to negotiate customs brokerage for clients when needing cross border shipping.

Freight brokers also keep on top of the game by regularly tracking all freight, inbound and outbound, from pick up to delivery. This tracking also includes records of all the dimensions and weight of the freight being shipped.

Finding adequate transport of your LTL freight is an important part of doing g business. The right freight broker for your business is one with experience and abilities that suit your needs and with give you peace ofind as well as saving you time and money

For all your LTL needs, contact Road King.