Road transport is, as a rule, based on the so called round (bilateral transport), so the route goes straight from the base of a carrier to the destination recipient. The alternative which is gaining more and more popularity are so called cross-trades. What are they and what are the benefits of this kind of transport organisation?
“Rounds” is the colloquial name given to transport system which depends on international goods transport from the carrier’s base straight to the recipient located abroad (within the European Union) and back.
In compliance with European standards, drivers performing “rounds” cannot wok longer than 9 hours per day (although during the week this time can be extended twice with an additional hour). The route in this system allows the driver to drive in both ways (from Poland to a neighbour country i.e. Germany and back) in up to 6 days. It is possible only if the driver does not come across any inconveniences such as long traffic jams or a sudden breakdown.
Completion of an order in less than one week is essential not only for a carrier but also for a customer. According to regulations, after 6 consecutive days of work a driver should take one week rest. Therefore, it is important that the cargo will get to the destination point as quickly as possible.
Cross-trades are international transports within the Members States without coming back to Poland. These type of orders may be completed in three shifts patterns: 3/1 , 4/1 and 6/2.
The benefits of cross-trades
This kind of transport organisation results from dynamically growing advantage of export over import between Poland and West Europe. The first asset of cross-trades is the possibility to make profit even with scarce transport services in import.
From one side, work in cross-trades gives the opportunity to achieve high profits (which is significant for both entrepreneurs and drivers). On the other side, it involves greater flexibility of our drivers who are on route. Hence, we can faster respond to the current needs of customers. Frequently our business partners support carriers with efficient completion of a sudden order through i.e. an additional payment for extending a route or a guarantee for a truckload transport.
What is more, planning and completing orders based on cross-trades transport increases the work comfort for shippers. The time which drivers spend on route shippers devote to i.e. monitor coming up orders in order to find the most favourable offer for the last loading. Thus, the number of empty carriages is falling.
Can every transport company provide cross-trades transport?
A carrier who provides cross-trades transport should, above all, hold a license for international transport. Whereas, the fleet should consist of vehicles equipped with semitrailers with length of 13.5 metres and load capacity of up to 24 tons.
International transport of goods in cross-trades system is gaining more and more popularity among Polish transport and shipping enterprises. It is because of the possibility to optimize costs in terms of planning and implementation of the supply chain. Equally important is the effective cooperation between a carrier and business partners who support themselves in order to achieve mutual business profits.