Transportation Factoring and Freight Factoring

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    The transportation and trucking industry plays a crucial role in driving the U.S. economy forward. Most of the items we rely on daily, such as food, clothing, and goods, reach us through truck deliveries. This demand fuels a diverse workforce, including drivers, dispatchers, engineers, and mechanics.

    Many trucking companies face challenges with payment terms ranging from 15 to 90 days, regardless of size. Transportation companies turn to freight factoring to bridge this gap and ensure a smoother cash flow. This allows you to get paid faster on your invoices and ease the strain of managing finances.

    If you’re looking for efficient cash flow solutions for your trucking business, freight factoring can be a great solution. Partnering with a reputable provider like SMB Compass, you can streamline your operations and focus on what matters most – keeping America moving.

    Connect with an SMB financial professional today to learn more about our transportation factoring programs and how they can help your trucking business.

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    What is Freight Factoring?

    Freight factoring involves selling your accounts receivable to a third-party company, known as a factoring company, at a discount in exchange for immediate cash. This allows you to quickly access the funds tied up in unpaid invoices so you can maintain consistent cash flow and cover operational expenses.

    Trucking companies have daily expenses like fuel and repairs, but they often have to wait a long time to get paid for their services, sometimes up to 90 days. This creates a big gap between what they spend and what they earn.

    To bridge this gap, you can apply for freight factoring. The factoring company will pay you up to 80% to 90+% of your total invoice value, usually within 24 hours. This means you won’t have to wait for your clients to settle their invoices. The factoring company will then take over collecting payment from your customers.

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    Pros and Cons of Freight Factoring

    As with any financial decision, freight factoring has its upsides and downsides that need careful consideration. Let's take a closer look at what they are.

    Pros Cons
    Improved Cash FlowCost
    Quick FundingSelective Funding
    Flexible QualificationContractual Obligations
    ScalabilityCustomer Perception


    Improved Cash Flow

    With freight factoring, you can convert your outstanding invoices into immediate cash, improving your cash flow. This allows you to cover essential expenses such as fuel, maintenance, and payroll without waiting for your customers to settle their invoices.

    Quick Funding

    Factoring companies typically process payments within 24 hours, providing you with speedy access to funds. This rapid funding is especially beneficial for companies facing urgent financial needs or unexpected expenses.

    Flexible Qualification

    Unlike traditional financing options that heavily consider your company's credit history and financial standing, freight factoring focuses more on the creditworthiness of your business's customers. This makes it accessible to companies with limited credit history or poor credit scores.


    As your trucking business grows and takes on more clients or projects, the volume of invoices also increases. Freight factoring can easily scale up to accommodate this growth, allowing you to access funding based on your evolving needs.



    While freight factoring provides quick access to funds, it comes at a cost. Factoring companies charge fees or discount rates for their services, sometimes higher than traditional lending rates. These fees eat into your profits and impact your overall financial health.

    Selective Funding

    Factoring companies may have specific criteria for advancing funds on invoices. As a result, some invoices may not meet these criteria and become ineligible for factoring. This selective funding approach can limit the amount of working capital you can access.

    Contractual Obligations

    Freight factoring often involves signing a contract with the factoring company. These contracts have specific terms and conditions that may limit your flexibility or impose additional obligations, such as minimum monthly volumes or long-term commitments.

    Customer Perception

    Some customers may view your freight factoring as a sign of financial instability. This perception could damage your reputation and impact future business relationships with customers who prefer working with financially stable partners.

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    Benefits of Transportation Factoring

    • Advance Rates up to 97%

      Our transportation factoring programs provide up to a 97% advance rate on all invoices. With same-day and next-day funding options, you can receive 97% of your invoice in just 24 hours. Trucking companies no longer have to wait 15-90 days to be paid using our best freight factoring companies programs.

    • Fast Approvals

      For new applications, we can set up your freight factoring line of credit in just 24 hours. Once the application is received and invoices are verified, your trucking company can receive up to 97% of billed invoices within one day of approval.

    • Limited Application Documents

      We only require a few documents to get approved for freight factoring, which you can access easily. With just your motor carrier number, copy of insurance, and copy of authority, we can approve and fund your account within 24 hours.

    • No Setup Fees

      Unlike many companies, we have no application or upfront fees to apply for freight factoring. No obligations or commitments are required to apply, and with light documentation, we can provide funding in just one business day.

    • No Minimum Volume Requirements

      Our clients have the ability to pick and choose which invoices they want to factor in. We don’t require any minimum monthly volumes to be factored. In addition, you can pick and choose which clients you want to use freight factoring for. This gives trucking companies pure flexibility and control of day-to-day finances.

    • Same Day Funding

      Trucking companies have the option of same-day funding on all invoices. This means that within hours of submitting an invoice, our team can wire up to 97% of the invoice value. No more waiting on clients to pay in 30, 60, or 90 days.

    • Fuel, Tire and Repair Discounts

      Using our fuel card program, freight companies can save up to 50 cents per gallon on fuel at over 1,000+ different fuel stations. Our fuel card program also offers discounts on new tires and truck repairs.

    • Increased Working Capital

      When using transportation factoring, you can accelerate cash flow and add more working capital to your trucking business. The additional working capital can be used for marketing, new drivers, additional contracts, and day-to-day expenses.

    • Improved Business and Personal Credit

      Many business owners rely on personal and business credit cards and trade lines to operate their businesses. Freight factoring is off-balance sheet financing, which means you can pay down all of your trade lines and remove debt from you as an individual and from your business. This will increase personal and business credit and improve your credit profile.

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    Choosing the Best Freight Factoring Company

    Picking the right freight factoring company can be crucial to your success. Freight factoring companies are involved in your everyday operations and are responsible for providing funding for you on an as-needed basis. This means that your freight factoring company is your partner moving forward, and you want to make sure you choose the right one.

    Ultimately, the best factoring companies for your trucking business will depend on your specific needs and priorities. Here are some factors to consider when evaluating trucking factoring companies:

    • Rates and Fees

      Look for a company that offers competitive rates and transparent pricing with no hidden factoring fee.

    • Funding Speed

      Go for a company that can provide fast funding when you need it, ideally within 24 to 48 hours of invoice submission.  

    • Customer Service

      It’s important to choose a company with responsive and helpful customer service available when you need it.

    • Trucking Industry Experience

      Ask for the freight factoring company’s industry experience and evaluate whether they deeply understand your business’s unique needs and goals.

    • Technology and Automation

      Opt for companies that use technology and automation to streamline factoring processes. This makes it easier for you to manage your accounts and track your transactions.

    • Reputation

      Check online reviews and ratings from other customers to get a sense of the freight factoring company’s reputation and track record.

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    Common Questions. Straight Answers.


    Freight factoring is a financial service that allows trucking companies to get paid quickly for the work they have completed by selling their invoices to a factoring company. Instead of waiting for 30-45 days for payment from brokers, factoring provides immediate cash for a fee, helping businesses maintain cash flow and cover expenses-