Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


Backhaul is the return movement of a transport vehicle from its original destination to its original point of departure.

What is Backhaul?

A backhaul, as it relates to trucking and logistics, is the return trip of a commercial truck that is transporting freight back over all or part of the same route it took to get to its current location. Both freight brokers and motor carriers rely heavily on one another when it comes to backhauls. They are also sometimes referred to as “deadheads” in the trucking industry.