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A freight exchange is an online, real time service where
hauliers search for freight (eg. for a backload) and freight forwarders
offer freight to be transported.
What a freight exchange does
These systems provide a platform that allows carriers to communicate freight
traffic information to fellow operators such as transporters, forwarders and
logistics companies. They allow forwarders to advertise their freight either
privately or publicly to a large number of freight operators that are looking
for loads. They also allow freight operators to offer vehicle space. Online
systems are normally subscription-based with a small charge for advertising
(posting) and searching (consulting.
The world's first electronic freight exchange was called
Teleroute and was launched in France on the Minitel system in 1985. Now, there are many examples around the world offering many
services to hauliers and freight forwarders.
Imagine you have an order to transport tulips from Keukenhof in the
Netherlands to Como, Italy but you donít have a freight order for the return
trip and you would like to find return freight to increase your profitibility.
You can achieve this by searching for return freight or 'backload' on a freight
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