If you need help demystifying truck transportation, read on. Learning a few details beforehand will ensure that you choose the right company and guarantee a safe journey for your shipment. Even if you have worked with a trucking company before, there are strategies and practices you may not know that will make your partnership more productive for both of you.
Choosing a reputable trucking company as your partner from among the many available can be confusing, especially in a highly competitive market. To make things clearer, find out as much as you can about a trucking company before you ship. What kind of information does the company provide on its website or over the phone? Ask questions about rates, safety practices and your joint responsibilities. What you learn will help you to narrow the field and find a transportation partner that you can trust with your freight. You will also know what is expected from you and avoid “surprises” further down the road.
To help you in your search, BCTA has compiled information flyers that cover the most common areas of concern for shippers as well as some items that you might not think to ask about.
If you have questions about details that aren’t covered, don’t hesitate to ask the company that you’d like to do business with. Trucking companies exist to serve their customers. Most are happy to provide you with the information you need to decide whether you’d like to contract with them.