Many factors dictate which carrier or broker we might use for a specific delivery. Some shipping lanes are very consistent with regular volume, in which case we might contract directly with a preferred carrier on that route. At the national level, for spot purchases or shipping lanes that we move less frequently, we are more likely to work through a broker who can show us a variety of carrier options at a variety of price and service levels. If Trabocca is managing your delivery, and you have a preferred carrier based on past experience, please let us know. We are also happy to make recommendations to roasters seeking to forge their own broker or carrier partnership. Rates fluctuate against factors like volume, market demand, and the price of fuel. Whether managing this process with Trabocca or a carrier/broker for your deliveries, roasters can request long term delivery price agreements, or pursue freight options on a spot basis.