About Us


It all started in 1992 when Ross “Smilie” Millard bought a small existing trucking business with a couple of older trucks and a big vision.

With the support of his family – wife Barbara and Daughters Ashley and Jervase, the business has grown into a very successful South Island wide trucking operation that is admired by many.

On the road today

Summerland Express Freight has over 100 vehicles, operates 9 depots and covers over 22,000kms daily throughout the South Island.  Trusted by some of the country’s largest companies such as Winstone Wallboards and Foodstuffs South Island, we pride ourselves on exceptional service and ‘can do’ attitude.  Our sign on glass technology provides visibility to our customers online in real time, 24 hours a day.


We operate the latest in-cab technology to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our drivers and road users alike.  Of the 3000+ Heavy vehicle companies operating Eroad, both small and large we rank in the top 15% to 10% consistently and 70% of our drivers are ranked in the top 25% of the some 30,000+ Eroad driver population.