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Dec 13, 2016 at 09:56 AM CST
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Im getting real tired of shippers wanting washouts even after hauling a load of corn and and spending upwards of $100.00 for a washout (5 minute spayout with a garden hose) and shippers not willing to compensate for this expense. This is crazy money for these wasouts expecially when I can washout a livestock trailer that takes an hour or better and a hell of a lot of water for the same price.
Replied on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:47 AM CST
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Better start building it in to your rates. The new FDA regs are basically demanding it, so the only thing we can do is start charging in advance for it. Assume all loads will require the washout, adjust your pricing accordingly. Washout fee, deadhead to and from the washout, time lost. So in effect a wash out could make the rate of the load go up on the average $400.00. If they don't want to pay it, then you don't have to haul it.
Replied on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 09:27 AM CST
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I like your advice, especially that last line about uncompensated freight hauling. Too many companies don't put enough thought into their actual costs. Truckers and farmers, for some reason we don't consider our time and effort very valuable. Like the old saying says; Don't haul cheap freight. Heck, I'd just as soon sit home with a beer and a remote in my hand if I'm not gonna make any money. It's more enjoyable and alot less work.
Replied on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 11:13 AM CST
Originally Posted by: ALFRED JORDAN
Quote: "Better start building it in to your rates. The new FDA regs are basically demanding it, so the only thing we can do is start charging in advance for it. Assume all loads will require the washout, adjust your pricing accordingly. Washout fee, deadhead to and from the washout, time lost. So in effect a wash out could make the rate of the load go up on the average $400.00. If they don't want to pay it, then you don't have to haul it."

Where can I review the new FDA regs? The issue we will face is there are no washouts in our area.
Replied on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 07:40 AM CST
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FDA Page

The FDA's legally forbidden product lists are spread across multiple laws, regulations, and guidance documents.

We have had other companies demand an additional one to three loads plus a wash between a ruminent and their load. A couple others have had drivers sign a waiver swearing they have never used their trailer for certain products (glass, MBM,Chicken Bi, ect)

There is also miseducation within our own industry on what is and is not a ruminent product. Example - I have had to bookmark the page on what is excluded from being a ruminent, such as bloodmeal, regardless of whether it is bovine, porcine, or mixed. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it does not depending on the receiver's policy.

All of this is done in theory to prevent a BSE/Mad Cow Disease outbreak... There have only been 4 recorded cases (as in 4 COWS not 4 herds) in the US...yay politics.