Dealing with uShip and Shiply

I can't stress this enough
Most issues that can arise between you and a carrier will be regarded as a civil matter and the police can't help you get your vehicle back. So regardless of the site you use be sure to research any carrier before paying money to the carrier themselves.


Due to Shiply reverting back to their old system I now recommend posting your listing on Shiply over uShip

uShip with the $125.00 listing fee and 25% service charge for carriers will cost you a few hundred dollars more.

Both companies

WARNING

1) State they have no control over the quality, safety, or legal aspects of the transactions that take place on their websites.

2) Allow both legal and illegal carriers

3) Have a large amount of Brokers who resell your shipment to another broker or carrier at a reduced rate. Learn more about brokers on our Tips and Suggestion page.

uShip

1) uShip gives you access to more carriers and has a few more options, but is the more expensive option of the two services.
NOTE: In September 2019 uShip increased their fee's and now charge you $125.00 to place your listing. They also increased the amount carriers must pay to 25% of the bid price.

Example: If I place a bid of $1000.00 it will appear to you as a total bid of $1250.00.
Using the $1000.00 bid example you will be charged a $125.00 listing fee and the carriers $250.00 winning bidder fee for a total of $1375.00. The winning bidder fee they say the carrier needs to pay is automatically charged to you by the site.
The $125.00 + $250.00 totals $375.00 and must be paid to the site before the carriers contact information is exchanged with you. Once that deposit is paid the carrier bills you the $1000.00 that they bid.
If I bid $2000.00 it will cost you $2625.00
The $2000.00 Bid plus $125.00 Listing Fee and the $500.00 the provider is charged

A provider with a large number of cancellations is charged more by uShip and the 25% winning bidder fee increases about 8% for every 3 cancellations above a set number.

2) Allows you to discuss the shipment with the carrier before you accept a bid.

3) Allows you to choose a provider regardless if you post an auction listing or use the "NAME YOUR PRICE" feature.

4) Appears geared towards rewarding the illegal carriers and forcing the legal carriers out.
By increasing the fee they charge carriers, most legal carriers have left the site and the illegal carriers are charging full price.

As of the new year uShip changed their layout and you can no longer see the prices the carrier charged past clients.

At the request of uShip I removed both the logo and link to their page

Shiply

March 2020 - Shiply has just reverted back to their old system and you can now receive bids and ask questions again.

1) As far as I can tell cancelling a shipment is not an easy task. All contact with Shiply has to be by email or a phone call to their London, England office.

2) There are no carrier contracts available for you to view before accepting an offer and that can leave you open to a lot of extra charges, fees and conditions that you may not agree with.

3) Once the vehicle is in the carriers possesion there is very little you can do to get your vehicle back but pay.

WARNING
- To protect yourself on Shiply I recommend any payments made to carriers be made by way of credit card payment. Paying by credit card gives you a little more protection and allows you to fight the charges.

- The carrier feedback on Shiply is very misleading and was easily manipulated by carriers up to about a year ago.

- Shiply does not keep track of the carriers canceled shipments and marks them as positive feedback for the carrier.

- If you check the providers feedback you will notice most providers only have 2 reviews. These 2 reviews are added by the provider themselves when they sign up. You will also notice most of the providers only have 2 reviews and they were added in 2016.

- Up until about a year ago a carrier could post a listing, book the job themselves and cancel it, while leaving themselves positive feedback.

You can visit the Shiply site here