You could think of importing and exporting as the basis of trade – humanity wouldn’t be where it is if we didn’t figure out a way to get goods from one part of the globe to another in a short amount of time.
If you’re looking to do some serious imports (and exports) yourself, you probably don’t have the time to sit behind a wheel for 12 hours a day or more, which is why you’ll want to do business with a freight company that specializes in shipping to, from and across the United States.
There’s plenty of these out there – after all, all it takes is a truck, a driver’s and import license and some extra time. Yet the service one company provides can be a far cry from that of another, so you’d do well to familiarize yourself with the biggest players in the biz and seeing which one of them suits your needs best.
Here’s an overview of some of our top freight companies and what they offer to different individuals and organizations.
Freight companies in the United States
XPO Logistics: A big player in the field, XPO does it all, from freight brokerage to supply chain maintenance to global delivery. The last part will be very important for some business owners – not many freight companies are able to offer transportation on the same level that XPO does while boasting a global reach. If you find yourself needing to ship goods to Europe or Asia, XPO is a company you’ll definitely want to look at if not outright choose. Yet another perk of doing business with XPO is that they offer full tracking for every package they transport, letting you know exactly where your goods are and when you can expect their arrival.
J.B. Hunt: One of our best freight companies, J.B. Hunt specializes in transportation around the U.S., Canada and Mexico. While their choice of covered areas can seem limited, their service is anything but: truckload, flatbed and refrigeration transports are just some examples of what J.B. excels at. Depending on what you need, the company can offer to transport your goods via truck, train or ship, each tailored specifically to the type of cargo being ferried. As would be expected from such an enterprise, XPO offers full package tracking no matter where you’re shipping, eliminating any worry you could have about the present location of your goods (not that you should be worrying much when doing business with such a respectable company).
The Reliance Network: Another huge freight company, The Reliance Network consists of six different freight companies (Averitt, Mountain Valley Express, PITT OHIO, LME, Peninsula Truck Lines and Canadian Freightways Kingway) brought together to provide quality transportation throughout North America and Latin America as well as the rest of the world. Each of the six companies is renowned for their dedication and is highly unlikely to let you down regardless of the size of your business. Aside from a superb customer service, TRN is also notable for handling the transportation for some giant multi-national enterprises like Toshiba and doing a great job of it while remaining a great choice for smaller businesses who need to ship or receive goods from afar.