What is Interstate Backloading

What is Interstate Backloading?

A long time ago, interstate backloading was the art of filling a truck with an unplanned load to fill or partially fill it on the way back to its depot. Typically, a removalist would have a job to say move a client from Sydney to Brisbane. It would be packed and loaded and driven up with a team onoard and delivered and unpacked on the day the client required the load of furniture and effects to be there.

interstate-backloadingThen the truck and its crew would either turn around and drive back to Sydney empty, or they would try to find and pick up a full or partial load in most cases, to make further money on the already paid for return leg. Thus its a Backload. Some removalists in the old days, even had a network of contacts they would inform they had space returning on a given day. Some would use the yellow pages and see if they could find some work, and some had relationships with some of the larger removal companies in their delivery location to try to pick up a carry only load on the return leg.

This was complex, hit and miss and a Backload was always considered a bit of cream on top of a long and arduous interstate job. Interstate Backloading has changed.  With the advent of a shipping container based load, and the availability of rail services, and their growth towards shipping container loads, Interstate Backloading has changed.   Mind you there are still small companies that try to pick up a backload when delivering a house load interstate, but they are a shrinking minority.

There has been great economy in getting your household packed and moved interstate, and the use of containers, depots, rail, trucks and local pick up team with local intestate delivery teams has bought down prices.  With this efficiency, the cheapness of an Interstate Backload has diminished.  Now a regular Interstate move is very close to the old Interstate backload, thus, almost making Interstate Backloading a thing of the past…