Third-Party Logistics or 3PL is a term describing a Freight Forwarder or Logistics Service Provider brokering or providing one or more logistics services and the practice of outsourcing to such a service provider. Services provided by 3PLs may include:
- Multi-Modal Transportation
- Tracking and tracing
- Customs services
The primary reason to use a 3PL is to have a single point for the Shipper or Consignee to outsource transportation and/or logistics services.
See also: 1PL, 2PL, 3PL, 4PL, 5PL
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