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Who We Are

FreightCenter, based in Palm Harbor, Florida since 1998, is the largest privately-held and veteran-owned full-service 3rd Party Logistics company. Our primary focus is to assist individuals and businesses with their freight shipping needs; however, we also offer international, truckload and parcel shipping services. From competitive rates to fully optimized freight shipping solutions that handle needs for all types of businesses, FreightCenter is an all-in-one shipping solution service for our customers. Our service comes complete with personalized attention and customer support that is powered by our proprietary software.

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Our History

Matthew Brosious, President & CEO, founded FreightCenter on July 28, 1998. At first, we found our niche servicing transactional freight shipping needs for the everyday consumer. We've since evolved from a traditional freight brokerage into a reputable and full service 3PL with a vast portfolio of transportation solutions from rail to truckload to parcel packages. We are the leading developer of true proprietary freight shipping technology that allows customers to compare rates and process shipments online. As our customers’ needs grow and change, we are committed to developing tools and logistics services that exceed their expectations. In fact, we’ve won several awards for our stellar and necessary approach of combining the power of technology with logistics.

Our goal is to handle freight shipping services for businesses of all kinds and sizes, from the transactional shipper to enterprise-level clients with large shipping volume needs. The key to our success is offering instant online quotes, providing award-winning freight software (transportation management system, or “TMS”) and providing the expertise your business needs to do what they do best. Since inception, we have developed strong relationships with local, national and international carriers to always give you competitive rates and options.

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WHAT CREDENTIALS DOES A FREIGHT BROKER NEED? 

Believe it or not, it used to be easy to start a freight brokerage like FreightCenter. All you needed was access to carrier rates and a way to capture the attention of shippers who need freight transportation. In today’s age, the industry is heavily regulated and freight brokers are required to uphold consumer protection standards.

Here is a list of credentials every freight broker or 3PL should have:

  1. DOT or “Department of Transportation” Number – a federal required identifier for freight brokers and forwarders
  2. MC or “motor carrier” Number – In 2017, the Department of Transportation added two extra digits to this number to allow for the expansion of new motor carriers.
  3. Standard Carrier Alpha Codes – a National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) unique two to four-digit identifier of transportation companies
  1. Surety Bond – all freight brokers are required to maintain a $75,000 bond to cover any fraudulent activity
  2. Transportation Management System (TMS) – a piece of software that connects a broker to hundreds of freight carrier rates and booking systems
  3. Security Protocols – Any company that operates online should use a secure protocol for their website. This security is indicative of a lock box icon next to the URL in your browser.

Awards and Endorsements

  • 2018 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s One Tampa Bay Honoree
  • 2018 Supply & Demand Chain Executive PRO to Know
  • 2010, 2011 & 2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast 50 Recipient
  • 2017 Green Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive
  • 2017 Tampa Bay Business Journal Top 200
  • 2017 Food Logistics’ Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain
  • 2018 SmartWay® Transport Partner
  • 2017 Tampa Bay Business Journal Heroes at Work
  • 2016, 2017 & 2018 Food Logistics Top Green Providers
  • 2012, 2015, 2016 & 2018 Food Logistics Top 100 Software and Technology Providers
  • 2013 Jobs Added in 2013 by Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • 2013 Tampa Bay Business 100 by Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • 2013 Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners by SupplyChainBrain
  • 2012 TIA Samaritan Award Honorable Mention
  • 2010, 2011 & 2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast 50 Recipient
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2017 Gulf Coast 500 Recipient
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Inc. 5000 Award Recipient
  • 2011 & 2013 Biztech Best Website Award by Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • 2011 Top 40 Under Forty CEO Award by Gulf Coast Business Review
  • 2011 Florida Companies to Watch Award Recipient
  • 2011 Florida Trend Best Companies to Work For Recipient
  • 2011 Top 300 Small Business of the South by Business Leader
  • 2011 Best Transportation Website Award by Web Marketing Association
  • 2010 BtoB Magazine’s Top 10 Websites
  • 2010 Service Industry of the Year Winner by Pasco Economic Development Council
  • 2010, 2011 & 2013 Diversity Business Top Businesses

  • NASSTRAC Member
  • TIA Performance Certified
  • SmartWay Certified Partner
  • Transportation Intermediaries Assoc. Member
  • NITL Member
  • TUPPSO

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