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A general freight transport carrier in Australia is a trucking company that can move a wide variety of commodities in standard trailers. It can be full truck loads or LTL (Less than full truckloads). It can be construction materials such as steel, bricks, concrete panels, insulation or it could be any other type other type of freight that does not fit into a particular niche freight market. For example: Non-perishable foods is general freight where as any food products that require to be frozen or refrigerated is classified as refrigerated goods. The general freight transport market in Australia is the largest category of freight moved in Australia as it literally could mean thousands of different items.

General freight is generally moved interstate in Tautliners or Flattop trailers. This trailers can be in many different combinations. In some states such as Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Terrirtory, Queensland and New South Wales it is legal in certain areas to operate B-Triples and Roadtrains.

To find the current general freight jobs available on the our website please visit: Freight Match General Freight Jobs.


There are many different trucking associations that general freight carriers can join. Some trucking associations relevant to general freight are:

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) can be visited at: Australian Trucking Association. The ATA has many resources and information regarding truck safety and the latest news in trucking regulations within Australia.

Each state has its own trucking association. For example the Queensland trucking association can be visited at: Queensland Trucking Association. The state trucking associations represent members interests and also provides up to date information regarding the trucking industry in its state as well as a wide range of other services and news.


The majority of general freight is moved from South to North and East to West. Therefore, due to the supply and demand of trucking companies it is generally less expensive to move it from Perth to Sydney and Perth to Melbourne than it would be to move your freight in the opposite direction. This is the same as moving it from Brisbane to Sydney and Townsville to Brisbane is cheaper than moving it from South to North. Often when travelling from Perth to Melbourne and Sydney or Brisbane to Sydney and Melbourne it is referred to as backloading. The reason for this is that the truck companies will receive a higher rate for transporting one way and then a lower rate on the way back if the quantity of freight is less.


Freight Match has a lot of experience in dealing with all types of general freight from pallets to construction materials, bricks, steel, food products and many other commodities. We move less than loads as well as full loads with a large network of transport operators across Australia. We also offer consultancy to more efficiently handle your requirements.

To inquire about moving general freight please contact our head office on 1300 887 874, request a freight quote online or