Uber for Freight?

Bloomberg News recently reported that Flexport is aiming to introduce an Uber-like service to the freight-forwarding and logistics business.

Flexport connects customers with carriers, and software takes care of customs, tariffs and other logistics. A Web-based dashboard lets a U.S. importer comparison-shop by typing in variables Port A on this day or Port B on this one, railcar versus tractor-trailer and displays price-quotes from transport companies.

Flexport, Petersen says, cuts down on paperwork and headaches for importers, like booking sites do for travelers. It’s one of the first freight-forwarding outfits to digitize international shipping, making it easy to move goods through customs and around the world.

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