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Freight Motor Carrier Defined in 100 Words

June 23, 2019 Anna Young

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Definition of a Motor Carrier

A motor carrier is an asset-based trucking entity that transports property for compensation.  

A motor carrier owns the assets and is primary on the insurance for the freight they move.

According to the US Department of Transportation the motor truckload market is a $700 billion dollar business with over 700,000 motor carrier companies, with 91.0% operating 6 or fewer trucks and 97.3% operating fewer than 20 trucks.  

There are several differences between motor carriers and freight brokers.

To optimize either a freight broker or carrier, it is important to note the different key performance indicators both use.

The differences could ultimately determine where to source shipping:

Motor Carrier KPI’s

  • Top Line Revenue
  • Loaded Miles
  • Empty Miles
  • Cost-per-Mile
  • Revenue-per-Truck
  • Hours
  • Tonnage
  • Deliveries
  • Fuel Economy per Vehicle, including Idle Time
  • Safety
  • Available Hours of Service (HOS)
  • HOS Violations
  • Unassigned Mileage by Vehicle
  • Driver Turnover
  • Freight Claims

Freight Broker KPI's

  • On-Time Service
  • Revenue per Load
  • Margin per Load

Value Proposition of Motor Carriers and Freight Brokers:

Motor carriers move freight on the assets it owns and the freight carrier’s value-add is freight capacity at the best value for shippers.

Since freight brokers do not own assets, their value proposition to the freight buyers is service, technology and knowledge.

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