What’s the difference between freight forwarder, freight broker, and 3PL?

A freight forwarder offers the service of getting your goods from point A to B by arranging the entire process even if it entails multi modal and may offer warehousing particularly for the movement of cargo.

A broker, on the other hand, connects shippers and carriers and acts as an intermediary while overseeing the transfer of goods, and is usually specialized in a certain type of freight transportation.

Finally, a 3PL manages logistics needs, from moving freight to warehousing, packing, and fulfilling orders, but also offers more services to keep the supply chain moving that brokers don’t.

How does CTPAT work?
When a company joins CTPAT, CBP makes an agreement to protect the supply chain, identify where security needs, and implements them.
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What types of insurance are necessary for a cross-border export?
For a cross-border export, shippers need cargo insurance, insurance for commercial risks, and insurance for civil responsibility.
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What documents are needed to export from Mexico to the US?
If you’re a business exporting from Mexico to the US, you will need the following documentation.
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Is Nuvocargo CTPAT certified?
Nuvocargo partners with a wide network of carriers with the highest quality and safety standards.
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What type of trucking equipment does Nuvocargo provide?
Nuvocargo offers the best capacity solutions for its customers.
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What are Nuvocargo's main routes?
Nuvocargo focuses on cross-border shipments between Mexico, USA and Canada crossing only through Laredo.
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How many trucks is Nuvocargo's fleet?
Nuvocargo works with a wide network of certified carriers.
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What industries does Nuvocargo focus on?
Nuvocargo is equipped to handle the needs of the majority of industries and has clients across a wide variety of sectors.
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What services can Nuvocargo provide for cross-border shipments?
For through-trailer cross-border shipments, Nuvocargo can provide services ranging from freight forwarding to insurance in US and Mexico.
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What's the difference between an LTL and an FTL?
LTL and FTL are modes of cargo transport, but as their name suggests there's a key difference between the two: quantity of goods shipped.
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When to choose through-trailer vs. transloading?
There are pros and cons to both options, however transloading has become the preferred one due to increased capacity and competitive prices.
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Your cross-border shipping checklist
Not all shipments are the same, and depending on your specific needs, you might have to choose a particular carrier, truck type, unit, etc.
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Who are the main actors involved in a cross-border shipment?
It's important to know each actor involved in a cross-border operation and the role each one plays to ensure its success.
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