The story of humanity began with road transport from 3,500 BC, when man invented the wheel and began to use it to solve and travel, and from that day on humanity’s creations in the areas of road transport, especially in the field of road transport of goods, which became a huge area of work with its rules and strategies, what is the mean of road transport of goods, and what types? What kind of goods can be shipped through it? This is what we will know in this article:
What is road transport?
Goods are transported by road using trucks of multiple sizes and species, and road transport of goods can be through a network of road routes within one country, or from one country to another.
Features of road transport
Although road transport of goods is the oldest type of cargo, it outperforms other types of transport with a number of features:
Relatively low cost: Compared to other types of transport, road transport of goods is one of the cheapest types of freight, earning it a savings advantage.
Wide and flexible access: Road transport can reach semi-secluded areas in rural areas and areas far from activity centers in large countries, road transport routes and timing can be exceeded to suit the cargo owner, while other types of transport require a commitment to the agreed date from the outset.
Maintaining the cargo: The cargo is loaded once and does not exit the truck until it reaches its destination, while in other types of transport such as air freight and sea freight, the shipment is reloaded more than once, which may expose some sensitive shipments to the risk of damage or loss.
Speed: Road transport of goods is relatively fast, taking into account the weather, traffic and the low but present probability of truck crashes.
Complementary to other shipping types: Air freight and sea freight are based on road transport of goods, so how will the shipment reach the airport or port without road transport?
How is road transport for goods?
The shipment is collected from the warehouse where the products is, then delivered to the warehouse where it is sorted and assembled with other shipments that will be transported to the same destination, or loaded separately.
Types of road transport of goods
Road transport services for goods vary both locally and internationally, the most important of which are:
Road transport of goods in a shared truck (LTL)
It is suitable for small shipments that do not require full truck capacity, and features payment only for the space occupied by the shipment, and the shipping cost is shared with other shippers.
Road transport for a full shipment (FTL)
The entire truck space is allocated to the goods, and is certainly faster than the LTL joint truck because the freight will be direct to the destination without diversion.
Types of trucks used in road transport
The type of truck used in road transport varies according to the quality of the shipment, construction equipment and large objects are transported through flat trucks, frozen food, some medicines and chemical drugs are transported through refrigerated trucks that can control their temperature at all times, and there are trucks dedicated to transporting cars and others dedicated to the transport of trees.
What goods are shipped by road transport?
Products shipped by road transport include:
Goods are only going to be consumed.
Pharmaceutical and medical products.
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