AUSTIN, Texas & NORFOLK, Va. – January 6, 2011 – BoatTrader.com, a division of Dominion Marine Media and the industry’s largest marketplace for buying and selling boats, and uShip.com, the global online transport marketplace, announced today that uShip’s "Shipping Price Estimator" is now incorporated into every Boat Trader boat detail listing page. The agreement enables boat buyers to get a better sense of expected shipping costs and more easily connect with reliable boat haulers within uShip’s network of transporters.
When someone finds a sailboat, powerboat, ski boat or other water craft of interest on Boat Trader, they can now enter the boat’s destination zip code to receive an instant, on-screen shipping cost estimate based on comparable completed shipments on uShip. From there, a buyer is one step away from finding a boat shipper on uShip. See how uShip works for boat transport: http://bit.ly/uship-boats.
Brian T., who recently used uShip to move his new boat, said, "I am in Florida and bought a boat from New Jersey on BoatTrader.com. As I prepared to make the long drive to pick it up, I decided to give uShip a try. I placed my ad and within two hours had six bids. I accepted a bid on Thursday, and by Saturday afternoon the boat was in my driveway. I definitely paid less than it would have cost me in gas to get it myself."
"We are excited to be partnering with uShip and offer this valuable service to our consumers," said Kim Rocco, brand manager at Boat Trader. "With the addition of estimated shipping costs to our boat detail pages, consumers will now have a more complete picture of the costs associated with their boat purchase."
uShip helps relieve the stress and high cost of moving hard-to-ship items such as boats, cars, motorcycles, furniture, pianos, freight, heavy equipment, and more. As the first and largest online transport marketplace, uShip connects people and businesses with feedback-rated transporters. Carriers place competitive bids to win business, often filling extra space in their trucks and saving customers an average of 50 percent. The uShip marketplace has attracted $150 million in business transactions, one million listings and 170,000 service providers. Launched in 2004, uShip operates globally with localized functionality in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, European Union, and Australia.
About Boat Trader
Boat Trader is the undisputed leader in the marine classified advertising segment for boat buyers, sellers and dealers. Based in Norfolk, Va., with field sales operations across the country, Boat Trader boasted 25 million visitors to its website in 2010. The company is dedicated to providing its dealers and end-users with results. That commitment is reinforced in the leads and sales that Boat Trader generates to dealers, as well as the aggressive development of new products that help consumers more easily find and purchase inventory. Owned by Dominion Enterprises, Boat Trader is part of the Dominion Marine family of classified advertising sites and web services solutions.