ABOUT OUR INDEPENDENT FREIGHT AGENT PROGRAM
Your primary role as an Independent Freight Agent will be to build long-term relationships with shippers and contract carriers and arrange transportation services.
You will be responsible for sourcing contract carriers, negotiating rates, scheduling freight and solving problems quickly and effectively. Your ability to find innovative
solutions, negotiate deals and manage day-to-day challenges means financial freedom and a life well-lived.
With your knowledge and experience of the transportation brokerage industry and our TMS technology and business office support, you’ll be on your way to
independence and financial security. Join Team Kopf and we’ll help you grow your freight agent business.
We are a relationship-driven company that focuses on the success of
our Independent Freight Agents. Our leadership team is supportive
and accessible and works diligently to help you succeed, providing
you with the attention your business deserves.
Our reputation for success and sound financial strength, combined
with our devotion to service and continuous improvement, has
cultivated a unique company culture that provides the opportunity
for unlimited earning potential.
This is the Kopf difference.
With over 300 years combined industry experience, we are growing
our brokerage agency nationwide. We offer up to a 70/30 commission
split with qualified candidates and weekly commission settlements
paid upon billing with clean paperwork.
Your contract carriers are paid 24 days standard pay with quick pay options available.
TOOLS to accelerate success
We provide you these necessary tools to accelerate your success:
- $100K Property Bond
- Excellent Credit with Shippers, Carriers and Factoring Companies
- TMS and Carrier On-boarding, Including EDI
- Customer Relationship Management Platform
- PC Miler Mileage Software
- Internet Truckstop and DAT Solutions Load and Truck Searching
- T-chek and Comdata Payment Services
- Macropoint Load Tracking
- SaferWatch Carrier Insurance and Safety Monitoring
- MyCarrierPackets for On-boarding Carriers
- Ansonia Credit Data Services and Compunet
- Technology Training
- Promotional Materials
- Daily Backup of Global Database/Disaster Recovery Plan
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an Independent Freight Agent?
An Independent Freight Agent is a professional who works as an intermediary between shippers and carriers to arrange transportation services. They act as an independent contractor and are not secured by a specific freight company. Independent Freight Agents work to negotiate rates, book shipments, and manage logistics on behalf of their clients. They may specialize in specific types of freight or transportation modes, such as air, land, or sea. To become an Independent Freight Agent, individuals typically need to gain industry experience and establish a client base.
How do freight agents make money?
Freight agents make money by earning commissions on the shipping services they arrange. The commission is typically a percentage of the gross profit margin. The commission rate can vary depending on the type of freight, the mode of shipping, and the relationship between the freight agent and the carrier. Freight agents may also charge additional fees for their services, such as handling fees or document preparation fees, or securing and marking up high-value cargo insurance.
What is the difference between a freight broker and a freight agent?
The choice between becoming a freight broker or freight agent depends on personal preferences and career goals. Freight brokers typically operate their own businesses and contract with freight agents to arrange transportation shipments under the freight broker’s FMCSA brokerage authority. Freight brokers are responsible for obtaining the necessary licenses and insurance, providing TMS software and business office support to freight agents managing the logistics of the shipping services. Freight agents, on the other hand, work as independent contractors and are responsible for finding clients and arranging shipping services.
What do freight agents do?
Freight agents work as intermediaries between shippers and carriers to arrange logistics services. They negotiate rates, book shipments, and manage logistics on behalf of their clients. Freight agents work to find the best carrier and cost-effective mode of transportation for their client’s needs. Freight agents may specialize in specific types of freight, such as temperature-controlled, dry goods, less-than-truckload, expedited, hazmat, or heavy haul/over-dimensional. Freight agents may also specialize in specific modes of transportation, such as air, land, or sea. Freight agents are responsible for ensuring services meet their client’s requirements and are delivered on time and within budget.
How do I become an Independent Freight Agent?
Becoming an Independent Freight Agent involves completing some essential steps, including gaining relevant experience and building a strong network of clients. Here are the basic steps to becoming an Independent Freight Agent:
- Gain Industry Experience. Start by learning about the transportation industry and the different types of freight shipping. Consider working for a freight brokerage or carrier to gain applicable knowledge and experience.
- Build A Client Base. Develop relationships with shippers and carriers to establish a network of contacts. This will help you find customers and freight carriers to work with.
- Establish Your Business. Once you have a client base, you can set up your business as an Independent Freight Agent. This will involve setting up your office and developing a marketing plan.
- Find an established, financially sound freight broker, such as Kopf, to contract with to move your freight.
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