Shipping Christmas trees: What you should know and how we can help.

December 4, 2015

Every winter, you can find a real Christmas tree for sale on almost every street corner. From the Boy Scouts and local churches, to national hardware stores and large retailers, fresh, green trees are in abundance. 

But have you ever wondered about the process behind shipping those trees and how they find their way to your town?

For many years, Freightquote by C.H. Robinson has been called upon by some of the nation’s largest tree farms to transport the holiday essential all over the nation.

Most of these farms are located in Oregon, Washington, California and North Carolina. They use our state to state shipping services because we understand what it takes to move a load like this. 

Shipping real trees by truckload is difficult to cover, with a lot of carriers simply refusing to move them. Here are a few things you should know:

  • Trees are best moved by dry van or a refrigerated truck.
  • Flatbed trucks should be avoided
  • Shipments with three or more pickups and/or deliveries scheduled should also be avoided 

Here at Freightquote, we also make sure there will be delivery assistance for the driver so they aren’t stuck unloading up to 40,000 lbs. of Christmas trees by themselves. Not doing this would definitely get us on the naughty list!

Overall, we are proud of the work we do every year to ensure trees are delivered on time and in good shape. These seasonal shipments have landed all over the country. Who knows – maybe the tree in your home was transported by one of our carrier partners. Regardless, we hope you enjoy this holiday season and all the joy it delivers.


If you plan on moving Christmas trees from out of state this winter, contact Freightquote today to receive the assistance you need!

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