The encounter traffic
Encounter traffic is a form of main run and a common variant in freight forwarding. It involves two trucks meeting and swapping their loading units (semi-trailers or swap bodies).
They then continue in different directions. Most often, this exchange takes place at highway rest stops or on a customer’s property. Despite the high organizational effort, this variant is very popular among forwarders, as empty runs are avoided and the costs are reduced.
Advantages encounter traffic
- Vehicles are available back at the starting point more quickly
- No costs for overnight stays
- Less empty runs
Disadvantages encounter traffic
- The exchange is time-consuming and especially useful for longer distances
- Possible detours
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