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How to price liquid tanker loads

Jan 18, 2017 at 01:33 PM CST
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I'm getting requests for liquid tanker loads from CA to NJ, but I have no idea what the going rate is or should be. I'm a dryvan and flatbed broker for Landstar and I've always declined any opportunities for tanker freight because I rarely get requests for it. Today I had a regular dryvan customer ask for a price to haul 44k# of non-haz, liquid, ISO, Kosher washed tank from CA to NY (near Syracuse, not on the island). I have no idea what rate I should be offering a carrier for this, although I'd say I'm an expert on van and flabed freight. I appreciate any guidance you can provide. -PW
Replied on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 01:52 PM CST
Whats the product?
Replied on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 01:55 PM CST
Octadecanol (liquid alcohol) (CO-1898 L STEARYL ALCOHOL, NF)
Replied on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 09:06 PM CST
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Being its a food grade kosher and getting tanks washed in California are on the high side, if I had availability I would be about $2.20 per mile plus fuel plus $325.00 for the wash data starting point
Replied on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 08:16 AM CST
Since it's an ISO, wouldn't he run it on the rail from CA to Chicago and then either x-town it to CSX and have it delivered locally or run it on truck from Chicago to N.Y.? I would think the rail would be cheaper then trucking it all the way since it is an ISO tank.
Replied on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 08:18 AM CST
That's usually a bulkhaul type load, so the tasks are already washed and prepped. Who owns the ISO tank?
Replied on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:03 AM CST
I didn't see where he said ISO container...but yes it would be already done...though in the past we have unloaded iso containers in our tankers and and took it cross country just to load it in another iso container or railcar...lol
Replied on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 01:14 PM CST
Thanks for the ideas gentlemen. I'll see if we can rail it cross country. I also appreciate the guidance on the rates.
Replied on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 04:37 PM CST
Originally Posted by: PAUL WILLIAMS
Quote: "Thanks for the ideas gentlemen. I'll see if we can rail it cross country. I also appreciate the guidance on the rates."

I'll give you a rough idea of ISO rates. I'm not exactly sure, but I believe rail rates are in the .60-.70 mile. If your going to move all the way across on rail, you'll need to have someone pick it up in Chicago and transfer it from bnsf/UP to CSX/NS depending on who your using. That rate is roughly $300. You'll also need someone in NY to deliver it. I'm not exactly sure what rates are in NY, but I would guess for a local move it'll be in the $500-$700 range plus any accessory pay or detention. For ISO tanks, detention at the rail starts after I hour and on delivery it's 2 hours free. If you just rail it to Chicago and truck it from there, my guess would be in the $2.00/ mile range round trip miles. ISO tanks are usually billed round trip because the dirty tank needs to be brought back to someone to be cleaned.

Hope this helps, just wanted to give you some food for thought.