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Freight Drivers Working Internationally

A great deal of money can be made by people willing to uproot themselves – and their families if necessary – to take advantage of the strength of the economy, and specific sectors thereof, in certain other countries. The freight ferry and freight forwarding industry is no exception.

For example, Australia is experiencing a boom in demand for qualified truck drivers, as it seeks to exploit its huge reserves of natural resources, such as coal, oil and other natural materials. Of course, transporting these goods from their source to the locations where they are processed and used in the manufacture of other goods is a vital part of the supply chain, and drivers can be potentially well paid.

However, because of the scale of the amount of goods which need to be moved, and the often harsh weather conditions in the areas where these resources are mined and processed, working conditions can be tough, and only suitable for drivers who are confident that they can cope with extremes of both hot and cold weather. In many cases, the best freight drivers are the ones that have built up several years of experience on the road and know the demands of driving on the Continent as well. But this of course isn't always the case, for younger drivers entering this busy market and looking for opportunities will find them provided they have the necessary skills and motivation.

Freight drivers - Managing Expectations

In addition, any country's immigration authorities will need to be satisfied that someone entering a country to work as a commercial driver has suitable experience in such a field, and is likely to be able to support themselves – and their families if necessary – financially through their work. So don't expect to be given jobs on a plate - these project must be sought for and decided upon carefully. As earlier, we discussed the pros and cons of being a freight driver in the article: Self-Employed versus a Direct Contract. Your success all depends on a number of factors, including whether you're self-employed or not.

Working as a freight van or truck driver is a career which attracts a large number of potential candidates, and there is an ongoing, and in many places, growing need, for suitable people for such work. However, expectations need to be managed:

While it can be highly rewarding, it demands certain character traits, namely good mechanical and practical skills, the ability to retain your concentration for often long periods, a good awareness of the rules of the road in all the territories in which you operate – which often vary – and, above all, a need to be resourceful and able to think quickly to counter and solve problems as, and even before, they arise.

And, given the increasing demand for goods to be transported over long distances, you will also need to be able to cope with a lifestyle which can mean that you are away from your family and friends for long periods.

That said, the rewards can make such sacrifices worthwhile, with average salaries ranging between £24,500 and £31.787*, and the knowledge that, as international trade continues to grow, your services are likely to be in regular demand.

* - Source: totaljobs.com

Read More About Freight Drivers:

1. Flexibility the Key Word in the New Logistics Landscape

2. What's Good about being a Freight Driver?

3. Being a Freight Driver: Self-Employed versus a Direct Contract

4. Should you lease or buy your Truck

5. Setting up as an Owner-Driver - and where to go from there

6. Top Tips for Freight Operators Abroad

7. Freight Driving Licence Requirements

8. Freight Drivers working Internationally

25 September 2014

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