Fall Tightening of Truck Capacity

Fall Tightening of Truck Capacity

Previously, we talked about heated trailers that are often required for the winter months for products needing controlled temperatures during shipping. In today’s blog article, we are going to discuss how the winter weather is responsible for a tightening of truck capacity in British Columbia and on the Lower Mainland/Greater Vancouver area. 

Retail Season 

As we approach Christmas, in North America there is an increase in products being transported. Many businesses sell more in November and December than during the rest of the year. So, the demand for truck transport space increases. 

Heated Transport 

Many of these products being transported for retail sale require temperature controls. A good example of this is beverages including alcohol that need to stay at a certain temperature. In addition to the general demand for truck transport, the demand for heated transport also increases. 


Believe it or not, a lot of truckers do not want to drive in the winter. Driving in British Columbia in the winter, once you get away from the coast can be treacherous. The Coquihalla Highway is famous for this peril, and there is at least one television show devoted to it. So, the supply of trucks that are available during the winter decreases. 

At the time of this writing, there is a winter storm warning for Vancouver Island. One of the problems with the roads here is that because snow is infrequent on the coast, there is not the same infrastructure in place to clear snow like there is inland in places like Calgary, Alberta. 

For all of the above reasons, truck transport space is tight right now in the Vancouver area. We have long and established relationships in place, and we can help you find the heated space you need for shipping. If you need some moving your products this winter in heated trailers, please contact Overseas Container Logistics in Vancouver at (604) 295-8236, and let us help you find the best solution for your shipping needs.

Overseas Container Logistics (OCL) is a 3PL commercial freight-forwarding company based in Richmond, British Columbia. 

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your transportation and freight needs, give us a call at (604) 295-8236.