The encounter traffic
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      The encounter traffic

      Encounter traffic is a form of main run and a common variant in freight forwarding. This involves two trucks meeting at a rendezvous point 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 premises. Despite the high organizational effort, this variant is very popular among forwarders, as empty runs are avoided and the costs for expenses are reduced.


      Advantages encounter traffic

      • Vehicles are available again at the starting point faster
      • No costs for overnight stays
      • Fewer empty runs

      Disadvantages encounter traffic

      • The exchange is time-consuming and especially useful for longer distances
      • Possible detours

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