Subcontracting is the process of offering freight orders to an external carrier for transportation. You can create load plans for the freight orders and offer the planned loads to a carrier, or you can offer clustered freight order lines for which no load building is performed.

  • Offer planned loads
    To offer planned loads to a carrier, you must create load plans for the freight orders that you offer. To create load plans, you must use load building, which is the transport planning functionality of Freight. The planned loads are then offered to a carrier. The carrier must carry out the transportation of the loads according to the load plans.
  • Offer clustered freight order lines
    To offer clustered freight order lines, you create one or more freight order clusters and offer the clusters to a carrier. A freight order cluster is a group of freight order lines that is selected on specific criteria. Load building is not carried out for freight order clusters. Instead, the carriers perform the transport planning themselves.
Carrier selection

To select a carrier, you can run the LN carrier selection process, or simply enter a carrier for the freight orders that you want to subcontract. Freight selects the carriers to whom the freight orders are to be subcontracted during the load building process or the freight order clustering process. However, during the clustering process, Freight skips carrier selection if a suitable carrier is entered on the freight order.

Freight cost calculation

In addition, LN makes an estimate of the freight costs of the orders that you subcontract to the carrier during the load building process or the clustering process. The estimated freight costs can be used to match the invoice that the carrier sends.

Subcontracting instructions

For both the planned loads and the freight order clusters, you can print subcontracting instructions. The subcontracting instructions constitute the subcontracting order.

Business scenarios

Subcontracting can be set up to fit in with various business scenarios. These scenarios can range from organizations that subcontract all of their transport to external carriers to organizations that plan and transport their regular goods transports themselves, but subcontract exceptional transports that require special transport conditions and/or special means of transport.