Even if you're fairly new in the haulage industry, you have probably heard about the benefits of the back load. This is a practical strategy many haulage operators use in order to maximise their fuel consumption and other resources, while at the same time increasing income by accepting hauling jobs for the return journey of an outbound delivery.
The haulage market offers you several mechanisms to enjoy the benefits of this practice for partially laden or empty return journeys. There are numerous service providers who focus on matching appropriate cargo to return legs of the trip, for a minimal fee. If you have established your presence in the industry, you can also focus on building a strong network or partner up with other operators who share similar cargo and vehicle locations.
Below are some different options you can explore when sourcing opportunities:
Back load specialists are operators that focus on managing part of their workload by offering specific loads to certain areas of the country on a sub-contract basis. For instance, if your vehicle is empty in a particular region, you can get in touch with these specialists in order to obtain a return cargo for the vehicle.
Load Matching Services
There are certain organisations that are often referred to as ‘clearing houses’ that focus on matching cargo with available vehicles. In the past, telephones were mainly used to coordinate and match spare capacity of return journey loads, but with the advances in technology and e-commerce, this type of service has grown more widespread and efficient. There are basically two types of back load matching services: the online freight exchange and the auction based trade exchange.
The online freight exchange refers to systems that provide a platform that generally allows carriers to communicate and coordinate freight traffic information with other operators, such as logistics and forwarder companies. Forwarders are allowed to advertise their freight, either publicly or privately, to a large number of freight operators who are in search of return journey cargo. Such online systems are typically subscription based, which means you pay a minimal amount for searching and advertising.
On the other hand, auction based trade exchanges offer companies a chance to advertise their shipping requirements online and obtain bids from prospective carriers. This type of exchange focuses on who can provide the best possible rate for the transportation of products or goods from point A to point B.
Freight forwarders primarily focus on making the necessary arrangements for the movement of the freight, which include the logistics, customs, warehousing and bonding activities. Since most forwarders are not physical carriers of goods, they are known to be a lucrative source of back load jobs.
About the author
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day back load jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.