Freight Factoring for Canadian Companies

Jun 19 21:05 2007 Marco Terry Print This Article

Read this article to learn how to finance your Canadian transportation business.

The Canadian transportation industry is very cash flow intensive. Truckers and brokers have a number of recurring expenses that place demands on their cash flow. They must pay drivers,Guest Posting repairs, fuel and other suppliers. In the meantime, they usually need to wait anywhere between 30 and 60 days before their freight bills are paid. This creates a financial perfect storm. They must pay expenses quickly – but wait to get paid themselves. 
Many transportation business owners go to their local (or national) bank to try and obtain business financing. They soon find out that getting a business loan is close to impossible. Banks place a number of requirements on their clients, such as having many years of profitable operations, being able to provide audited financial statements and having a business plan. Of course, if a trucking company or brokerage could provide three years worth of audited financial statements, they probably wouldn’t need financing. 
Fortunately, Canadian transportation companies have an alternative to conventional bank finance. The alternative is called freight bill factoring, a special type of factoring financing. The biggest challenge for transportation companies is waiting to get paid by customers. Freight factoring provides an advance of up to 90% on slow paying freight bills. This cash advance allows the transportation company to meet business expenses, and provides relief from slow paying clients. The transaction is settled once the end customer pays the freight bill. 
The cost of factoring can vary between 1.5% to 5% per month, depending in the financed volume and the credit quality of the payers. Although it’s a cost effective solution that can help trucking companies grow, it should be viewed as a temporary solution. Companies should use the enhanced cash flow to build their cash cushion in the bank, so that when the financial situation improves, the company can stop factoring. 
One of the biggest advantages of factoring is that it can help your company grow past its existing capital limitations. And as opposed to conventional bank financing, factoring is easy to obtain and can be set up in just a few days. The most important requirement is that you must do business with reputable companies.

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