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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3505 posts, RR: 6
Posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2562 times:

I am considering a long-distance trucker job in Canada (the company came to Tunisia for recruitment) and i wanted to get an idea on the job conditions there and the business on the whole ! Anyone from here involved in road transport, trucking, logistics...

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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2533 times:
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Canada is a BIG country, did they give you any better idea about where abouts the job would be?
Road conditions vary greatly province to province and even area to area.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29841 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Rent the first two seasons of ice road trucker


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User currently offlineyfbflyer From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

Don't forget Highway Thru Hell
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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6967 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

One thing for sure, it can't be worse than Tunisia ! I took a few cabs and minivans there and wow ! I made a prayer each time and I'm an atheist !


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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

Depends where you will end up - in winter a lot of the country is covered in snow & ice, which you will not be used to / trained for in Tunisia, though road clearing is very good.

Wages are not great, remember cost of living will be pro rata.



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User currently offlinego3team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

What company? We handle a lot of Canadian companies here at work. The most notable at hiring outside help is Highland Transport.


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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 5):

I am used to drive in Europe (Alps...) so i don't think it will be so difficult to me, but of course i remain cautious  
Quoting go3team (Reply 6):

I do not know the name of the company yet. The recruiter is to come to Tunisia to meet selected candidates.


User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 2198 times:

Most large Canadian companies also enter the US, so make sure that you won't have any problems going cross-border.

User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2182 times:
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Quoting johns624 (Reply 8):
Most large Canadian companies also enter the US, so make sure that you won't have any problems going cross-border.

Actually thats probably not an issue. Most trans-border companies won't hire outside US/Canada. I know alot of companies in Alberta are hiring for oil sands runs all domestic, and there are many trucking companies who hire people who can't enter the US, i know someone who works as a driver and has a criminal conviction for example.



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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3584 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

I do not think you'd be hired to work doing ice-road driving as most of those guys are experienced, Canadian drivers who know how to handle extreme conditions. Most likely you would be doing long haul driving from points in Canada to other places in Canada with the possibility of going to the US. The trucks in Canada are modern and the long haul ones have sleepers attached which allow you to park at a truck stop and rest. In my experience, the largest non-Canadian driver population are South Asians (Indian). To them, making 40-50K a year is a lot of money so they do it.


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User currently offlineronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

I'm surprised that a Canadian trucking company would come all the way to Tunisia to recruit drivers. It sounds a little fishy. I hope you haven't paid the recruiter any of your own money, have you ?

User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
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Quoting ronglimeng (Reply 11):
I'm surprised that a Canadian trucking company would come all the way to Tunisia to recruit drivers. It sounds a little fishy. I hope you haven't paid the recruiter any of your own money, have you ?

I've heard of it before, especially for work in Quebec and the Alberta Oil Sands. There is a shortage of drivers for those work requirements that won't get poached for better paying work, so it's actually cheaper to hire from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt etc than locally since the work visas are tied to the employers. Kinda sneaky way to getting cheap labor but its still good pay for alot of people.



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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

Quoting ronglimeng (Reply 11):
I hope you haven't paid the recruiter any of your own money, have you ?

I didn't pay a cent   and then i've just wanted to experience driving US trucks, the long large highways... as in Tunisia we have European trucks, which are good and comfortable but not like the mythic US ones   and then i'm already a longhaulier (North Africa & Europe) so it's always OK  


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