Things to Look for When Hiring a Freight Broker

There are two things that seem to be common when talking about who to hire for freight brokering services:

1) Hire a company that’s registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

What is the FMCSA?

The FMCSA is the lead federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), FMCSA’s mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

FMCSA partners with industry, safety advocates, and state and local governments to keep our nation’s roadways safe and improve CMV safety through regulation, education, enforcement, research, and technology.

What is the FMCSA’s Mission?

The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. FMCSA is headquartered in Washington, DC and employs more than 1,000 people in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, all dedicated to improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and saving lives.

What is the FMCSA’s Strategy

In carrying out its safety mandate to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses, FMCSA:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with efficiency;
  • Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations;
  • Targets educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public; and
  • Partners with stakeholders including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes.

2) Hire a company that’s been around for a long time because they have a lot of connections and are more likely to find you the best deal.

The Conventional Thought

The longer a freight broker has been around the more secure you can you can feel in using their services. . . usually. As brokers work in the industry they are able to build relationships with both freight companies and drivers to get the best rates.

Why Experience Isn’t Always Everything

However, sometimes working with a newer company may be more beneficial. New brokers and brokerage companies may be willing to worker that much harder to make a name for themselves. A team of young, dedicated professionals can easily make up for the difference in experience. A smaller company has benefits larger companies do not such as better customer service, a more dedicated culture, and lower overhead that is passed on to the shipper.

While one of things that seem most common when discussing freight brokers is a must the other isn’t as cut and dry. Every brokerage must be registered with the FMCSA but, going with the largest or most experienced brokerage isn’t always the best bet.