our story

Old fashioned values, efficient service

The Story of iDL Transport

Canterbury’s Preferred Refrigerated Freight Provider

Old-fashioned values and efficient service

iDL was originally established in 1989.  It was bought by Ross and Judith Edgar in 1999 and run as a small family business. The business was bought as an investment to keep busy while their newly established vineyard matured. They started with just 2 trucks and a service area extending up to Christchurch and down to Timaru. It did not take long for the local community to align themselves with the good old-fashioned values and efficient service offered from the Edgars. 

More Trucks, Less Wine

In just a few years’ time, the service area had extended to the greater Canterbury region and iDL had become a firm favourite in the meat and food transport industry. Bigger premises in town accommodated what had now become a fleet of 6 iconic blue and white trucks and before they knew it, the vineyard was sold so that they could focus solely on the exciting new opportunities that iDL was presenting.

iDL Today

Today the Edgar family still run and manage the business and continue to be an integral part of the team. They now have over 30 trucks and a large team of permanent and casual staff, many of whom are long serving, with many years’ experience in the transport industry and contribute to the hard-working culture of the family business.

Our History

1989 established


Bought by Ross and Judith Edgar. Ross came from a background in farming machinery and trucks. Two trucks offering a chilled freight and carcass meat service. Based in Ashburton and servicing up to Christchurch and down to Timaru. Operated out of a skyline garage behind the Ashburton Mobil garage.

Moved to the site in the Ashburton Riverside business estate. 5 – 6 trucks in operation.



iDL presenting exciting new opportunities. 10 Trucks and now servicing the greater Canterbury region. Son, Zac Edgar – diesel mechanic for 9 years, joined the family business. 

Land bought in the Ashburton Business Estate – 1 of the first sections purchased in the area. General freight division added to the business.



Youngest son, Tyronne Edgar, returns from overseas and joins the family business, bringing with him first class Engineering expertise and a sound knowledge of the transport industry. 

Moved into brand-new purpose-built building in Ashburton Business Estate.



 Proudly still family owned, managed, and run. 30 trucks  and 33 staff. General freight servicing South Island wide with nationwide connections.

Temperature Controlled Distribution Specialists

iDL are well known as consistent industry service professionals and are an accredited RCS operator with a strong focus on meeting deadlines and adhering to food safety standards. Having an MPI accreditation allows us to transport both export and local freight, either chilled, frozen, or ambient. Being a family run business gives iDL the flexibility to adapt to our customers’ requirements which continues to make us Canterbury’s preferred refrigerated freight providers.

We have set service runs throughout the Canterbury area with General freight linehaul trucks running throughout the country. Their strong nationwide connections enable them to move all types of freight for their customers throughout New Zealand. 

iDL provide superior refrigerated, frozen, and general freight services for all kinds of produce and specialise in the cartage of hanging carcass meat.