Truck rates may force shipping cost load to shift

06/11/2004 12:00:00 AM
Terry Scruton

Forsythe said that too many companies have built facilities away from terminal markets for them to return now. He said a change in attitude toward trucking is what is needed most.

“This is going to make broadliners change their receiving policies and give produce a bit more of a higher priority,” he said. “These truckers over a period of time will start charging them money for sitting and waiting. When they start doing that, that will change the industry.”

Nelson agreed, adding that the entire industry is going to have to change the way it looks at trucking before long.

“You’re going to have to pay to play,” he said. “And if you don’t have good relationships with your carriers, don’t be surprised when you have to pay way more than your counterparts do.”


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