Canadian Freight Shipping Services
At C&D Logistics, we offer a selection of different services that are perfect for shipping goods throughout Canada. Learning about the different types of available Canadian freight shipping services will help you figure out which method of shipping will work best for you.
Freight Logistics Services
Some of the logistics services that are available for shipping cargo in Canada include:
Less-than-truckload shipping is a great, cost-effective solution for businesses that are looking to ship smaller quantities of products. LTL shipping allows you to reduce costs by consolidating your freight with freight from other companies. During this process, your freight will arrive at terminals where more freight will either be added or removed from the trailer to ensure each shipment is on the trailer most suited for its final destination—this process is called transloading. LTL shipping can be a bit slower than truckload shipping, but the savings can more than make up for the slight delay.
Full Truckload (FTL) Shipping
If you are looking to move larger quantities of goods or need your freight to arrive quickly, full truckload shipping may be your best option. A dedicated truck will pick up and deliver only your cargo, which means no transloading and a much shorter transit time. FTL shipping is a good choice for freight that is fragile, as no transloading will equal less chances for the shipment to be damaged. Additionally, if you have any special requirements for your shipment it is often more effective to move your load FTL, as these companies can be more inclined to accommodate those requests. Keep in mind that this specialized, dedicated service will cost more than LTL shipping.
Intermodal or Rail Shipping
If you are planning on shipping cargo along the major lines in Canada, especially cross country, choosing to use intermodal or rail shipping will help significantly reduce freight costs. Rail shipping can be full container (FCL) or less-than-full container (LCL) much like road shipping. While this is likely your most economical shipping option, rail shipments have the longest transit time of the options discussed thus far. Intermodal shipping can be a great choice if your freight has a flexible or a future delivery requirement.
Air Freight Services
Air freight shipping services are the perfect option for companies that have time sensitive or urgent shipping requirements. While using this service is likely the quickest option, it does have its limitations when it comes to size and weight of the cargo. As air freight requirements can be more complicated than shipping LTL or FTL, we would always advise that you work with a trained professional who can take care of sourcing the best routes, pricing, and timeframes for you.
Ocean Freight Services
Another cost-effective shipping service is ocean freight. Similar to shipping by truck, ocean freight shipping allows for both full container load and less-than-container load options. Ocean freight is a great choice for shipments moving internationally in a situation where air freight is not possible or cost prohibitive. Much like air freight, the requirements for ocean freight can be more complicated than standard shipping and it is important to work with a shipping company familiar with these requirements.
Supply Chain Management
If you do not have the time and resources to deal with your business’ freight shipping, partnering with a reputable company to handle your supply chain management needs might be the best option for you. C&D is a certified freight forwarder with the knowledge and skillset to move your products safely and securely anywhere in Canada and abroad.
If you would like to learn more about Canadian freight shipping services, or if you are interested in one of our shipping services, please contact C&D Logistics at 604-881-4440 or by filling out a contact form on our website. You can also stay up to date with the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.