Shipping of items/goods to various regions around the world is a very complex process that involves the simultaneous collaboration of several people, machines, and procedures. So it is very important to design an efficient and fool-proof process for shipping. As shipping is done worldwide several modes of transportation like airplanes, ships, trucks, etc are used for transporting the goods from one place to the other. The modes of transport that are supposed to be used and the order in which they are supposed to be used is decided based on the distance between the start and end points keeping in mind the fact that we would have to use the simplest and fastest route to make the whole shipment process economical and efficient. In this article, we include the details of a subject called road freight which is majorly used in shipping goods between countries as well as between local regions.
As mentioned above there is the involvement of several modes of transport for shipping goods around the world. The transportation of goods using road routes is called road freight. Road freight is mostly used in cases where the starting and ending points of the total shipment process are in the same country. We also use it for the shipment of goods in countries like India, Zambia, Europe, Bangladesh, Canada, the United States of America, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, etc. Road freight is mostly done using heavy trucks, minivans, cars, etc depending on the number of goods that are needed to be transported and the total weight of the items. Road freight was mainly introduced for door-to-door delivery as ships and airlines cannot deliver the items directly to your doorstep and it would become a burden to customers to come to the port or airport every time they need to receive a package.
Coming to the shipping process, road freight is one of the most easily understandable shipping processes as it involves only road routes. Road freight is a door-to-door process if it is for transportation of goods between two points in the same region and is an intermediate process in the case where shipment between two points situated in different countries has to be done. So in the first case where the shipment is in a single country first of all the package is taken from the customer and scanned for the presence of any prohibited items. Then after all the formal procedures, the easiest and shortest road route is fixed and the shipment process starts and ends when the package is successfully delivered to the receiver. In the second case road freight is an intermediary process. For example, if we want to ship cargo from between the airport of one country and a customer’s doorstep in another country we use airlines for shipment to the customer’s country and then road freight for delivering the package from the airport of the customer’s country directly to their doorstep.