When talking about transport companies, there are actually two kinds - one is engaged in transportation business and the other deals with the sale of transportation facilities such as cars and trucks. The latter is commonly known as an auto transport company.
Auto transport companies involve large scale businesses that include local, inter-country and foreign sales. Ford, one of the largest auto companies in the U.S., is engaged in global distribution of its transport merchandise through franchising. However, this company has car models that are exclusively distributed by the mother American company. Hence if there is a buyer from overseas, say, in Hong Kong, who prefers a particular model that is not distributed by its local franchise dealer, Ford U.S.A. will have to ship the merchandise to the buyer. The process of shipping entails time and money, but when a buyer decides to make the purchase he is usually willing to shoulder shipping costs.
On the other hand, transport companies that deal with actual transportation business perform activities like transporting people and goods from one location to another using various modes of transportation that include, air, land and water. Each mode of transportation requires a particular type of vehicle, such as an airplane for air, train, bus, truck and car for land and a ship or boat for water.
Transport companies are reliant on infrastructures or public installations, for without these fixtures, mobility is difficult if not impossible. Roads, bridges and railways are necessities in the operation of land vehicles like buses, trains, cars, trucks and other land transportation facilities. In the same way too, airports and runways as well as docks and ports are indispensable fixtures in the operation of air and water transport systems.
Day to day life entails a lot of personal mobility as people need to go to work and travel from place to place to conduct their respective businesses. Transport companies play a most significant role in these circumstances, such that if a major transport company shuts down its operation even for just one day, human activities will be paralyzed and the state of affairs in the national and global scenes will be gravely affected.
Much like logistics companies, transport companies have as one of their foremost concerns, the promotion of smooth business flow everywhere in the community, country and overseas. As the conduct of business has now reached a global stature, transportation systems are meeting an even greater demand from all parts of the world.
Just like most businesses, the operation of transport systems entails legal requirements such as registration of franchises, tax documentations, declaration of assets and capital, and other relevant prerequisites that should be met before permits and licenses can be secured. Registration processes are done directly with the U.S. Department of Transportation where you will need to submit documents as may be required by the Secretary.
Since transport companies are usually large scale businesses, you may be asked to prove your capacity to provide the scale of transport systems that you declare in your application. For instance, if you are trying to register a taxi transport company, you will have to comply with the minimum number of taxi units needed to maintain your transport company.