Information on collective transport
The term collective transport is used to describe the transport of a larger quantity of goods but also that of a larger number of people. In practice, however, such transport involves much more detail. There are two main reasons for carrying out collective transport. Such transport is generally cheaper and therefore more economical than sending individual goods. A second advantage is added if the transport is carried out by a forwarding company specialising in this type of transport. Proper and professional loading minimises the risk of damage during shipment and can thus save the wallet of both the customer and the logistics provider.
Many companies offer a collective transport among other things as so-called additional cargo. Here goods are collected and - either on a fixed date or when the maximum number of items for a collective transport has been reached - then shipped to the destination. Customers interested in such a transport take the goods to the forwarding agency or, if they are too big for their own transport, have them picked up by the forwarding agency. Once the goods have reached their destination, they are delivered to the individual recipients or - if possible and agreed in advance - collected by the addressee himself. Normally, this will significantly reduce the shipping costs for the private individual or the commercial actor by a previously agreed discount system. The items to be shipped may include, for example, cupboards, bicycles or washing machines. Less frequent use is made of an overall transport when antiques or works of art are dispatched. These high-value goods should be sent with a fixed collection and delivery date. Special insurance may also be advisable. Of course these transports are not only possible within national borders. This type of shipping can be carried out throughout Europe or even worldwide. Also shipments by sea freight to overseas destinations, for example to the USA, are possible. With this combination of land and seafreight, as with a conventional trip to the USA, formalities such as customs clearance and shipping conditions must be observed, but these are usually regulated by the transport company.
Collective transport is also a way of saving costs for people. Hospitals often use this form of transport to bring patients to the facility and back home after rehabilitation.