With new regulations in effect from California’s Air Resource Board and new federal hours of service requirements, it helps to have a broker handling carrier transactions, he said.
Brokers give shippers and receivers access to more carriers and can help with claims management and claims reduction, Lund said.
Most produce is hauled by owner-operators or businesses with fewer than 10 trucks, Lund said.
“A broker is really the only way to access that marketplace.”
In choosing a broker, reliability is important, Gable said.
“You really need to get to know them and know how long they’ve been in business,” added Lund.
Talk to their references and make sure the broker is experienced handling produce.
“Many, many brokers get into produce and then get out,” he said.