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KEEPING PACE IN TRUCKING INDUSTRY

May 29, 2018 at 10:09 AM CST
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As people have noticed, trucking rates for dry van, reefer, flatbed, and etc. are at an all time high right now.These types of divisions are made up of some very large trucking companys that can easily influence the trucking industry. Say what you want about these big companys, but they are doing a good job of helping to keep good rates up and in sink with markets and operating cost even with the very large discounts these big companys get in fuel discounts, equipment purchases, repairs, and etc. compared to small companys. On the other hand there is the bulk commodity industry and a few other commodities that is made up in large part of independent contractors and mostly very small fleets. Even with a higher demand the small fleet industry is lagging far behind the very large fleet industry's rates. This kind of tells me that the small fleet companys and O/O are more willing to cut rates at any cost. I stated in other post that I dont have to much beef against brokers, and the reason for that is because there is brokers in the bulk industry that is trying to get rates up, (I am not a broker) and yet a contractor will go in and under cut there negotiations and rates and haul it cheaper by going direct, and we all know that in this industry it is very easy to walk into most of the companys in this industry and set up direct freight loads. This just does not make sense to me.
Replied on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 06:37 PM CST
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Our trucks pullin reefers pulled down $9,000.00 each this week again on about 2,700 miles, from Monday to this afternoon on Friday, and the brokers in the this hopper industry just cant understand why I wont hook back up to the hopper and sit around all day to load and haul a 600 mile load that takes up 2 days of our time for $1,200.00. What is so hard to understand here.
Replied on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 06:45 PM CST
This was last week on the blitz week and it looks like we. are going to average about the same this week again
Replied on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:13 AM CST
Originally Posted by: CURT VISSER
Quote: "This was last week on the blitz week and it looks like we. are going to average about the same this week again"

is the risk factor greater with reefer freight as opposed to hauling bulk? i.e. claims, fuel, etc?
Replied on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:34 AM CST
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Not at all we pay a few more dollars for reefer insurance. I think the risk factor is higher pulling a hopper now days because your expected to pay for a $75.00 wash out on a $300.00 load after hauling a load of corn just to load another load of corn. Sounds kind of stupid to me and of course as they all say that washout is covered in the rate. Show me how that is covered in the rate
Replied on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 11:13 AM CST
Originally Posted by: CURT VISSER
Quote: "Not at all we pay a few more dollars for reefer insurance. I think the risk factor is higher pulling a hopper now days because your expected to pay for a $75.00 wash out on a $300.00 load after hauling a load of corn just to load another load of corn. Sounds kind of stupid to me and of course as they all say that washout is covered in the rate. Show me how that is covered in the rate"

yes i agree, the biggest challenge is on rejected bulk loads. who pays for the return or diversion? at least with reefer you can record temp at loading, monitor enroute, etc. once you load a bad load of bulk product, it's a real mess. thanks for your input.