Direct shipper freight is the best kind for an owner operator or trucking company. When you skip the broker, you get to put an additional 15-20% in your pocket. That can mean thousands of dollars in additional revenue per truck each month. But needless to say, finding direct freight shippers to haul for is difficult.
The brokers are at their desk all day long cold calling and using other marketing tactics to get their freight. In the meantime, you’re out there on the road keeping the wheels turning. Naturally, they have a leg up over you. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 51 free places to find direct shippers.
These websites have listings and contact information for companies that are actually shipping truckload freight. Visit their websites, call them, or even email some of them to try and get your fair share of the freight. We’ve done the hard work of compiling these resources for you because we know that running your rig is always your first priority.
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Equipment & Machinery Shippers
Various directories and listings of specialized equipment and machinery dealers. Many of these will be flatbed and heavy haul or other specialized equipment loads.
Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers – An interactive magazine themed web page with a list of vineyard and winery equipment providers. (Try a different browser if it doesn’t load).
Hop Growers of America – A large .pdf file with listings for agricultural equipment dealers and manufacturers.
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association – Large list of vineyard and winery equipment providers.
Farm Equipment Manufacturer’s Association – Directory of farm equipment shippers.
Equipment Marketing & Distribution Association – Massive directory of farm and agricultural equipment manufacturers and dealers.
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association – Large .pdf file containing woodworking equipment manufacturers and dealers.
Independent Equipment Dealer’s Association – An interactive directory of independent heavy equipment dealers.
Lumber & Building Material Shippers
Various directories and listings of lumber shippers including saw mills, wholesalers, brokers, as well as building material suppliers and manufacturers.
Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau – A list of sawmill and remanufacturers of dimensional lumber. Profiles include the types of transportation they use.
SouthEastern Lumber Manufacturer’s Association – Large directory of Sawmills located in the South East United States. Many detailed listings.
NorthEastern Lumber Manufacturer’s Association – Large directory of Sawmills located in the North East United States. Many detailed listings.
National Hardwood Lumber Association – Massive directory of hardwood lumber mills located throughout the United States.
Plastic Lumber Trade Association – Directory of Plastic Lumber manufacturers located throughout the United States. Detailed listings include contact information and email addresses.
Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association – Hardwood Lumbermen directory containing businesses located in Indiana. Enter at least two characters into the search box to begin searching.
SBC Industry – Large directory of manufacturers and suppliers of structural building supply products located throughout the United States.
Arkansas Timber – A .pdf file with many sawmills located in the State of Arkansas.
Container & Packaging Shippers
Various directories and listings of cardboard, paper, and plastic packaging manufacturers as well as contract packaging service providers.
The Association of Contract Packagers and Manufacturers – Large directory of contract manufacturing and packaging companies located throughout the United States.
National Association for PET Container Resources – Small directory of PET container manufacturers. Only includes website links.
Flexible Packaging Association – Larger directory of various packaging manufacturers located throughout the United States.
Glass Packaging Institute – Various glass bottle and container manufacturers located throughout the United States. Listings include address, phone number and a link to their website.
Food & Agriculture Shippers
Various directories and listings of food and agricultural shippers, growers, and packers.
Washington Apple Commission – This list has contact information for Apple packers and agencies. They are all shipping refrigerated freight.
Washington State Hay Growers Association – This website has a directory of Hay crops as well as farm equipment manufacturers and dealers.
Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association – This directory includes various growers, packers, processors, and other agricultural related businesses. You can search by state and/or crop.
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association – Click on the magnifying glass to the right to view contact information.
Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association – A .pdf file with names and websites of produce growers and shippers in Washington State.
Washington Blueberry Commission – A small list of Blueberry packers in Washington State.
Northwest Cherry Growers – Lists of Cherry, Apricot, Nectarine, Peach, and Prune shippers in the Pacific Northwest. Sorted by domestic and export shippers. Detailed listings include contact names, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Washington Grain Commission – List of Wheat suppliers in Washington State. Includes a link to their website, location, and phone number.
North American Strawberry Growers Association – A small list of Strawberry growers located throughout the USA. Clicking on their name brings up a profile with their contact information.
Tilth Producers of Washington – Listings of Tilth producers in Washington State. Clicking on their name brings up their contact information.
Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission – Detailed list of Raspberry and Blackberry packers in Oregon.
Oregon Strawberry Packers – Small list of Strawberry packers in Oregon. Many are listed elsewhere too.
US Highbush Blueberry Council – Small list of Blueberry growers located throughout the USA.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association – List of Christmas Tree growers and supporting businesses in the Pacific Northwest.
Washington Red Raspberries – Raspberry packers in Washington State. Listings Include address, phone number, and email addresses.
Northeast Texas Nursery Growers Association – List of Nursery growers located in Northeast Texas. Click on “View Listings” for more information.
Texas Pecans – Large list of Pecan growers and packers in Texas. Listings include address, phone, and some may have an email address.
Texas Fruit Growers – Large list of Fruit growers in Texas. Many listings include email addresses, but the directory doesn’t seem to be updated often. Some information may not be reliable.
Texas Christmas Tree Association – Large directory of Christmas Tree growers in Texas.
West Texas Growers and Producers Association – A directory of various growers located in West Texas. Clicking on a listing reveals more information.
National Onion Association – Large directory of Onion growers, shippers, and brokers located throughout the USA.
The Vidalia Onion Committee – Large directory of Vidalia Onion growers and packers located in Georgia. Many include email addresses.
Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing & Research Program – Massive list of vegetable growers located in Pennsylvania. Sorted by individual crop. Listings include address, phone number, and email address.
Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association – Interactive map with Watermelon growers located in Alabama and surrounding States.
Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association – Large list of Fruit and Vegetable growers located in Iowa. Many include email addresses.
Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida – Large directory of Fruit growers located in Florida.
Georgia Watermelon Association – A large list of Watermelon shippers in the State of Georgia.
Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturer’s Association – Listings of Biscuit and Cracker manufacturers located throughout the United States. This list is not very detailed, only containing website links.
California Strawberry Commission – Large .pdf file with detailed listings of Strawberry growers, shippers, and packers in the State of California.
New Brunswick Seed Potatoes – List of Potato growers in New Brunswick (Canada).
Sunshine Sweet Corn – A few sweet Corn growers in the State of Florida.
NC Sweet Potatoes – Large list of Sweet Potato growers and shippers in the State of North Carolina. Listings are detailed and many contain multiple email addresses.
We’re constantly updating this list of resources as we find new ones, so make sure you check back often. To make sure you never miss an update, complete the form below to get notified by email when changes are made.