Common Carrier

Logistics Term

What’s Common Carrier?

A common carrier is an individual or a company that transports goods or people from one location to another at a cost. They’re held responsible if the goods don’t arrive safely. Common carriers are licensed or operate under a regulatory body to provide services to the general public. Common carriers provide services to anyone willing to pay. An example of common carriers is a trucking company like Nationwide Transport Services, which will move your load from point A to B at a cost. 

If you’re transporting valuable goods, ensure that the common carrier you choose will insure it. That means if your load isn’t delivered safely, you’re fully compensated. The cost of using a common carrier varies depending on the season, among other factors. For example, transporting goods during a peak season will cost you more because of the high demand. In addition, the mode of transport used by common carriers varies depending on the goods. For example, refrigerated trucks have to be used for preservation if you're shipping perishable goods. 

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