About the National Shipper Directory

The Motor Carrier Act of 1980 was touted by the politicians and economists as a great benefit to consumers by reducing freight costs through competition and reduced government rules and regulations for the trucking industry. 

After deregulation a significant number of transport carriers entered the industry creating an extremely competitive freight marketplace.  With a Commercial Drivers License, a truck, liability and cargo insurance, 48 state authorities, thousands of new transport carriers entered the marketplace. 

Conversely thousands of new intermediaries entered the marketplace to buy, contract, facilitate or administer freight movements from shippers and then resell that movement directly to smaller transport carriers for a commission.  

Freight brokers, freight forwarders and logistical companies have been generically classified into transportation intermediaries.  They do business in the freight marketplace as follows:

1.  They quote, bid and buy freight movements from shippers.  In turn they resell the freight movement to transport carriers using load boards, phones, faxes or e-mail to sell transport carriers.  They  negotiate and contract with transport carrier as inexpensively as possible.    They keep the difference as their freight margin or commission. They disclose to neither party their commission.  That commission or yield has steadily increased since deregulation.  From 8-10% in the 90s' to 12-18% on the dollar since year 2000.  It is not uncommon to see yields as high as 30%. 

2.  While required by Title 49 federal law to register as a motor carrier they contract for all freight transporting with asset based carriers.  Their balance sheet carry few tractors and trailers.  Their most significant assets are the shippers' freight bills receivable.  Their most significant liability is for the contracted transportation from asset based transport carriers that actually move the freight. 

3.  Since they have no legally dual agency disclosure requirements their management strategy is simple: "bid the freight movement, control the freight movement and then resell the freight movement to transport carriers."  Contract with the transport carrier for the lowest possible negotiated commodity price.  Keep the difference as their  commission or net yield.

  Both shipper and transport carrier loss.  

 It is the national growth of intermediary commissions and net yields that has been the genesis of the National Shipper Directory and the National Transport Carrier Directory.  These smart internet freight directories serve two main purposes: to tender or bid loads and shipments directly with transport carriers with reduced costs for telephone, fax and e-mail time and to provide a paperless freight document system after load and shipment tenders.

Only asset based transport carriers are listed on the National Transport Carrier Directory.  They have been Pre-qualified and are properly registered and linked with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.   At their directory listing they maintain for public viewing certificate of authorities and evidence of current insurance coverage. 

Services available at a Shipper's Directory Listing

  • Create a virtual private network of Transport Carriers to tender loads or shipments on a reserved or bid basis without use of phone calls or faxes 
  • Create load or shipment tenders as a public or private documents for viewing by all transport carriers anywhere in the world.
  • Create your own freight bid board that requires direct freight quotes from a transport carrier before pickup.
  • Create, prepare, confirm, upload, download, sign or send any freight transportation document as a public or private document at your directory site.   Link to your own web site for quick cross references.
  • Prepare, sign and send on line transportation documents such as shipping contracts, bills of ladings, packing slips and any shipping documents for pickup or delivery by a transport carrier.
  • Require transport carriers to provide load status reports,  available equipment capacities for private viewing by your freight department.   
  • Search the entire transport carrier directory for equipment capacity availabilities.