A broker and a shipper are both required for the smooth and successful transportation of goods.
A shipper is a person or company that is usually the supplier or owner of the commodities being shipped. A consignor is also referred to as a carrier. A carrier is a person or company that transports goods for another person or company and is responsible for any possible loss of the goods during transport.
A freight broker is a person or company that matches shippers and receivers of cargo shipments with the carriers that make the shipment possible.
Freight brokers are usually licensed to get the necessary permits, licenses, and registrations for doing business. By facilitating the transportation contract, they help businesses move cargo.