Trucking Terms & Services


Break Bulk

To break bulk is to separate a composite load into individual shipments and route to different destinations.

Break Bulk Terminal

A terminal, used by large common carriers, designed to act as an intermediate sorting point for interregional freight. Freight from various end-of-line terminals is sent to a regional break bulk terminal to be combined into full trailers that the carrier then routes to a subsequent end-of-line terminals. Example: freight destined for Texas from a Binghamton, NY terminal might go to Pittsburgh, PA to be combined with other freight destined for Texas from other Eastern cities.
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