When shipping freight to businesses in rural areas, ltl to Ft. McMurray for example, freight pickup and delivery rates can vary tremendously if accurate information is not provided. Since many freight companies use postal codes to help them quote and set up their shipping zones, areas outside of main postal code zones need to be given special attention to reduce the chance of a misquoted price or a delay in shipping.
This is especially true for freight shipped by Fort McMurray Shipping Companies who provide Flat Deck, Truckload TL and less-than-truckload LTL service to Fort McMurray and the nearby oil sands sites. In many cases, the shipper or third-party broker will call in the details of the order and may not realize that many of the oil sands sites are outside of Fort McMurray. For example the CNRL Horizon has an office in town, but in terms of working with freight services providers, 9616 Franklin Ave #103, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2J9 is likely not where deliveries are accepted. Instead shipments may need to go to the site location out of town.
Here is a helpful list provided by The Experts that shows some of the larger industrial sites in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and their distances from Fort McMurray:
- Horizon Oil Sands Project Site (CNRL) is 79 km or 60 min NW from Fort McMurrayNearby cities: Fort McMurray, Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, Wollaston LakeCoordinates: 57°21'7"N 111°49'49"W
- Suncor Fort Hills Project Site is 84 km or 65 min N from Fort McMurrayNearby cities: Fort McMurray, Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, Wollaston LakeCoordinates: 57°26'0"N 111°31'50"W
- Kearl Lake Site is 123 km or 120 min NE from Fort McMurrayNearby cities: Fort McMurray, Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, Wollaston LakeCoordinates: 57°21'22"N 111°7'40"W
- Fort MacKay is 58 km or 45 min NW from Fort McMurray
As you can see from the examples above, a shipment said to pickup or deliver in “Fort McMurray” can vary significantly in distance from an actual oil sands site location.
When shipping to remote regions be sure to give your 3PL, shipper or carrier the full details on exactly where the delivery or pick-up will be. If you think the location may be misinterpreted, the easiest way to add clarity is to send a web link to a google map showing the pickup or delivery location. Planning ahead will help you get the best freight pricing possible and will control your freight costs so that shipping to northern Alberta (and other rural locations) is hassle-free.
CSA transportation provides highly-competitive shipping services to Fort McMurray and the surrounding regions through our distribution center in Edmonton, Alberta. Let us provide you with a quote for your upcoming shipment. Use our online freight quote web form, or call us today.