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Freight in Canada

Freight and logistics is extremely important to many businesses. Transporting goods is both necessary and integral to the operation of any business in any country, particularly in a large country such as Canada. With almost 1.4 million kilometres of road, Canada's huge road network is a cheap and effective method for transporting goods cross-country, while its accessibility via its coastlines also allows Canadian companies to move goods internationally.

The trucking and freight business is one of the biggest money earners in the world, making over 300 billion dollars of revenue every year. It doesn't matter which industry you are in, you're likely to need to transport goods at some stage.

haulage vehicles being loaded with freight

Freight business considerations

To operate effectively in the freight business, companies should have a good understanding of the legal requirements involved in transporting heavy equipment. Insurance is also another factor to consider; without insurance the heavy haul business can be a risky one.

Canada's large road network is working to become as safe as possible, but any good freight company would need to be aware of the risks and must be completely prepared for them.

As a requirement, freight companies take out insurance to cover the type of goods they are transporting and ensure they obtain all of the relevant permits and licenses before undertaking a job. Part of the safety precautions also includes briefing staff effectively, ensuring employees are experienced and fully licensed, and keeping up regular maintenance of their fleet.

Freight transport teams

Hauling freight doesn't just start and end with moving the goods, the logistics involved in moving heavy equipment is extremely complex and has to be considered by every company. From the warehousing at the beginning, to the customs paperwork, to securing the goods at their final destination, every element of transporting goods has to be assessed and planned for.

Freight companies usually employ large teams based all over the country and even all over the world, to make sure the process runs smoothly. The company should be able to advise you on how best to transport your goods, with both safety and cost as key concerns. Effective hauling of freight can increase your company's productivity and overall outgoings, and as the freight industry continues to increase in efficiency and effectiveness, freight costs are becoming more reasonable and more practical for many small to large companies.

The company should also employ an experienced and talented management to run the team effectively and ensure that your goods arrive successfully. What's great about companies today is that they are also excellent at communicating with their clients, and detailing the logistics of the transportation method chosen and why. Most companies will ensure you understand exactly how and when your goods will be moved, and make sure that you are happy with the plan of action.

Freight companies are also very conscious of ensuring their transportation methods are as eco-friendly as possible and have to take measures to ensure the method is the most economically and environmentally effective.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shiply Cover My Area?

Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?

There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?

Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.

When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

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