What is a Load Confirmation?

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What is a Load Confirmation?

freight brokering

August 20, 2021

Freight Brokering

If you partake in the freight broker industry, or for whatever reason you've filled out a broker carrier agreement, then you may have encountered something known as a load confirmation. It is often grouped with another term for the form known as a load tender. Of all of the freight contracts, a load con is considered to be one of the most important ones in the process. It's a form that must be filled out with every freight job. It has many parts to it, and every freight broker should know how to fill one out. However, first we need to know what exactly is a load con?

What's in A Load Con?

A load con lists all of the necessary details of the load for the load carrier to complete their job. It will list everything a broker wants to be done with the delivery from the smallest detail in the trip to specific information that is important to complete the job. First off,the load confirmation highlights the physical load details. It will describe the length, width,weight and height of the trailer being used to move the freight, and it goes over the details of what the freight actually is. It will also include the shipping address, or the location the load is intended to go, and the hours of operation for the location that will be receiving the load. The name of the consignee will also be on the form so the load carrier will know who to leave the load with. This contract will also include a trip number, and any details added by the broker that highlight if anymore stops are necessary else along the way. Finally, it will include the day when the cargo will be loading up into the truck. Clearly, this contract is mostly for the eyes of the actual load carrier rather than anyone else. Though this form is mostly for the freight carrier, it's still important for a freight broker to recognize the importance of the document.

Why They're Important

The load tender, or load con contract covers a whole bunch of information that a carrier needs to know to complete the assigned job. If the bill of lading is supposed to be a sort of receipt for a deal between a freight broker and a carrier, the load con is supposed to act as instructions to the carrier to ensure that shipment arrives on time and in one piece. Without such a form, a typical carrier would have no idea what they need to know to ensure that the delivery goes off as intended. As a freight broker, this helps you keep your peace of mind because you know that the shipment you requested will easily make it to your intended location as long as they follow a load con. This form is typically also coupled with the rate agreement which will highlight the cost of the deal for the freight broker, and any additional payments that would be given out to the carrier. In total, this contract goes over the payment for the carrier for shipping the freight, all of the details regarding the delivery ofthe freight, and any instructions that the broker needs to give to the carrier in addition to the instructions that they already had. This form contains an absurd amount of information for all parties involved, and even though the freight broker doesn't need to access it all that often, it acts as a paper copy of every detail of the job that they have laid out for a carrier.

Conclusion

The load con, whether it's coupled with the rate agreement or not, is an extremely important document in the hauling industry. If you're the freight broker, the actual truck driver,or the person in charge of a hauling company, you need to know just how essential this document is to every job you take. It keeps the hauling company, and driver in the know, and it provides the freight broker with the knowledge that their exact instructions can be followed. Among all of the freight contracts out there, this one can be edited the most to fit the needs of the broker. Once you see one load tender, you'll pretty much have a good idea on how to fill one out from then on. With this article in your mind, you should be ready to create, or interpret a load con every time you have to use one.

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