Road freight is an often-overlooked method of freight, due to the sheer volume of road shippers and the run-of-the-mill impression most people have of a trucking company. However, there are a number of pros and cons of road freight that can help you decide whether it is the right mode of transport for your goods.
By using road freight, your shipment can be delivered to any manner of destination, from some obscure location right up to major corporate campuses. The roads allow you unlimited access, which is particularly useful for companies in remote locations that are desperate to receive your materials.
Few things are better than seeing your shipment arrive outside your front gate. Whether you represent yourself or a company, seeing your delivery come through the door yields a special sort of joy. Having a road freight fleet can add that personal touch and carry your branding one step closer to the client.
One significant benefit of road freight is that any problems that do arise can generally be solved by changing course. Freight companies can be more flexible in their shipments with road freight, easily making detours when necessary.
Unfortunately, road freight can be a lot slower than other forms of shipping, thanks to traffic jams and speed limits, which are unavoidable. Air freight is probably a more efficient option in this respect.
It goes without saying that a road freight vehicle can only take your shipment as far as the coastline. Road access is the defining factor of road freight, and therefore other forms of freight may be needed for international or intercontinental shipping.
Unfortunately, road freight is not the go-to shipping method for longer distances, with particular regard to cost. Long road hauls can be very pricey depending on fuel consumption and profit margin. Further, inclement weather and road conditions can inflict unexpected damages on your fleet, which will lead to a healthy bill.
Now that you are better equipped with the pros and cons of road freight, you can make an educated decision regarding your next shipment. We offer a complete range of freight services, from consulting to warehousing and everything in between. Contact us to discuss your shipping needs.