The holiday shopping season is here and winter lingers on. For shippers moving goods through Canada and the northern United States, the preferred means of transportation for goods is most likely a dry van trailer, one of the most widely used shipping choices in the industry. This is true for many consumer goods as well as shipping large items.
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The Many Benefits of Dry Van Transportation Services
For many 3PL providers, dry van logistics are a key component of their business. Dry van services are in peak demand during the winter, when inclement weather could potentially put some goods at risk. A dry van trailer is one that offers fully enclosed space for the protection of non-perishable goods like electrical appliances, clothing, or furnishings. These are not to be confused with refrigerated trailers, the preferred choice for consumable goods like frozen foods and vegetables.
Given the fact that dry van services protect cargo from any external corruption like seasonal weather or vandalism, they are an exceptional choice for the freight shipping industry. They are regularly recommended by 3PL providers for full truckload or less-than-truckload shipments and can normally handle up to 45,000 pounds (20,411kgs). Shipping large items that require internal storage to be safely moved also makes the dry van the natural choice for transport. In truth, anything that is not temperature-sensitive or of a large, oversized nature can be shipped using a dry van trailer.
How Can Dry Van Trailers Upgrade Your Supply Chain
Versatile carriers help 3PL providers and shippers remain competitive by being able to carry multiple types of loads. A dry van or box trailer is designed to easily carry boxed goods or goods strapped to pallets for easy loading and unloading. They’re great for local transport or for long-haul shipping across borders. They’re also great for LTL shipping because they can be safely stored with goods inside that can sit until full loads are arranged. All sides can be easily secured to prevent cargo theft.
There are some industry standard dimensions that apply to dry vans. For example, the typical dry van is approximately 16 metres (53 feet) in length by 2.6 metres (8 feet six inches) by 2.6 metres. Trailers of approximately 7.3 metres (24 feet) in length are also common. A typical trailer can hold up to 26 standard size fully loaded pallets. Given the space available in these trailers, they are excellent workhorses for shipping designed to keep your supply chain flowing. An experienced 3PL provider like NATS Canada has access to huge fleets of dry van trailers to help facilitate shipping of all kinds. That kind of access allows you to keep your supply chains in constant motion transporting all different cargo.
Given the fact that dry van trailers are always in the highest demand in the shipping industry, it’s important to work with a 3PL provider than can ensure you don’t suffer a capacity deficit. As demands increase with the rising demand of the retail sector, dry van shipping companies will continue to have challenges. However, as companies hire and train more drivers and offer better compensation, the dry van industry will catch up with rising demands for service.
Freight shippers who often facilitate both full truckload and less-than-truckload shipments, benefit from the versatility offered by dry van carriers. Working with a professional 3PL shipper can quickly determine what the best trailer choice will be and what rates will be offered. A company like NATS Canada can provide competitive quotes and experienced, professional service no matter what the shipment or its point of origin and delivery.
Supply chain concerns have remained high since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s incumbent on shippers to align themselves with companies like NATS Canada to ensure all their goods can be quickly moved to their destination. It’s easy to eliminate the fears of supply chain collapse when you are working with a company like NATS Canada, a dry van logistics service provider with a reputation for excellence.
Dry van shipping is critical to keeping the flow of goods consistent across Canada and North America. Dry van shipping offers an additional level of security to ensure product quality remains intact during transport. It’s a transportation method of choice for many industries, such as:
- Non-perishable food and beverages
- Consumer goods
- Health and beauty
- Cleaning products
- Textile and clothing
With our vast network of carriers, NATS Canada can facilitate the safe, affordable, and reliable transportation of all goods requiring dry van transportation services, including the shipping of large items. That includes the transportation of small machinery for the construction industry such as raw materials and building supplies from the warehouse to the site of construction. No matter what your dry van shipping needs may be, consider working with NATS Canada for affordable, efficient, and secure shipping of goods across the country.