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Freight brokers are usually either asset-based or non-asset-based. However, some freight brokerages fit both categories. It’s important that you know the difference between the two types of brokers because one may fit your needs more than the other.

Asset-based freight brokers

As asset-based freight brokerage has its own trucks, warehouses, distribution centers and other types of “assets” to move freight from one point or another. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they own each and every piece of equipment or vehicle, but they generally have the equipment and facilities needed to pick up, store (if necessary), and deliver freight. When you choose an asset-based freight broker, you will be working with them directly to complete your transportation needs.

Non-asset-based freight brokers

A non-asset-based freight brokerage is the go-between business that connects the shipper with the motor carrier. This kind of broker does not own their own equipment, but they will have a network of carriers and partners that they can call on with the right equipment in the right place. They take care of all the logistics involved in moving freight from one point to another. Shippers can count on established, reputable and successful non-asset-based freight brokers to have access to the trucks and trailers needed to move their freight.

Some large asset-based freight brokers also have a non-asset-based brokerage division with its own network of carriers and customers.

At, both asset-based and non-asset-based freight brokers post loads for motor carriers to choose. We know that carriers want an efficient supply chain at a good price, which is why the site offers you as many options as possible. When you register on and search for loads, you can experiment with working with different people to find out what works best for your business. Register an account on our free load board today.

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