It can be hard to facilitate growth when the industry is so impacted by this difficulty, but there are many options to combat the cash flow issues and expenses if you know where to look.
Financial challenges for the transport industry
Managing cash flow
With many customers paying by invoice and on different terms, cash flow can be slowed down or even halted at times if payment is delayed. There are also delays in receiving payment if a shipment is lost or damaged which, unfortunately, does happen more often than is desirable.
Regardless of the transportation method, there is a significant cost for fuel. With the prices often fluctuating, it can be hard to keep on budget.
Cost of vehicles
Whether it’s insurance on a large fleet of vehicles, or the cost of purchasing new ones as your business grows, this can be an expense to impact your cash flow. Then there’s the extra things like GPS technology or tracking software.
As well as invoices not being paid on time, bad debt can materialise in this industry in the form of goods damaged in shipment.
Funding solutions available in the transport industry
Invoice factoring and discounting
Most transport businesses, when facing financial issues, turn to invoice finance. With so many clients paying via invoice and with those payment terms often stretching to beyond 30 days, getting the cash you’re owed is a top priority. With invoice factoring or invoice discounting, you could receive up to 100% of the invoice value within 24 hours.
To avoid paying huge upfront costs for vehicles, or other large and expensive assets, look at an asset financing facility and spread the cost over an affordable period of time.
If bad debt and unpaid invoices is a considerable problem, one good option for you could be employing a debt recovery service. Using a third party to recover your payment for you sounds like an awkward thing to enter into, but most agencies will professionally resolve the payment issue by speaking directly with the customer and working with them to ensure payment is swift and in full.
This form of borrowing is more flexible as it is a line of credit without a set repayment period. With an agreed set amount to borrow from, you can draw down as much of it as you need, repay it on agreed terms, and then continue to borrow and repay when needed. Interest on the amount is charged daily until the full amount is repaid, and the credit limit you have is typically based on your business’s turnover. Read more about overdrafts and other revolving credit facilities here.
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Knowing which lenders will work with transport companies is a tricky field to navigate but with close relationships with over 35 of the UK’s top lenders, Touch can help you find the right financial solution for your transport business.
Our expert consultants will work hard to understand your needs and match you with up to three lenders so that you can get the finance you deserve.