A business plan is essential for the logistics of a trucking company. The transportation industry is made up of companies in providing general freight trucking over short distances. General freight companies handle a wide variety of commodities, generally palletized and transported in a container or van trailer. Local general freight trucking companies usually provide trucking within a metropolitan area which may cross state lines. Generally the trips are same-day return.

Trucking operators find business plans vital to planning routes and suppliers. Long-distance general freight-trucking operators handle various commodities, generally palletized and transported in a container or van trailer. Establishments usually provide trucking between metropolitan areas that cross North American countries' borders. The industry includes establishments operating as truckload (TL) or less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers.

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