freight rates

Irish truckers report on South Korean truckers’ strike

An estimated 80 percent of the 380,000 total South Korean truckers were reported to have gone on strike "demanding the introduction of standard freight charges, a 30 percent rise in transportation fees and revised laws on labour rights," reported the (you're hearing right) Irish Trucker Magazine. News travels faster than on-highway rigs, eh? Platts reports the truckers are striking over high fuel prices, demanding further government subsidies. According to the Korea Herald, the stoppage comes on ...

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What does your fuel surcharge look like?

A poll that asks for owner-operators' thoughts on the use of fuel surcharges as a cushioning agent against spikes in fuel prices sparked some discussion on Facebook last week. Owner-operators Linda Caffee, Jeff Clark and others were involved, Clark taking the point of view that fuel surcharges were merely a utility for negotiating long-term rates in contracts with shippers. The fuel surcharge "is a convenience, especially for longer-term contracts with regular customers," Clark wrote. "Otherwise every load ...

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Understanding Fuel Surcharges

There are no rules covering fuel surcharges. As with freight rates, anything goes.

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Are you ready for the next collapse?

Europe is shaky and the January 1, 2013, U.S. fiscal cliff present bad possibilities for truckers. Are you ready? Diane and I hope to be.

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Broker groups disagree about bond proposals

A proposed broker bond increase to $100,000 is at the center of the dispute.

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What are owner-operators’ top five problems?

Readers, I'm beginning research on a story I'm preparing for Overdrive's June issue on which I need as much owner-operator input as is possible. It's one that will probe the five biggest problems owner-operators face in the industry today, offering practical and forward-looking ideas/examples toward solutions to those problems. My main problem, at this point, is how exactly to determine what the top five problems are? There are many pressures on owner-operator businesses today, from the ...

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Roadside Attractions

Stowaways are caught, Overdrive has a young fan, how to prevent joint pain, freight rates are holding and other industry oddities and news items are featured along with Truck Gallery.

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Speakout

Truckers weigh in on such issues as sleep apnea, distracted driving, 9/11 and safety measures.

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Broker rates top shippers in some U.S. lanes

Trucking companies received the highest truckload rates from freight brokers and other intermediaries in 24 percent of routes, TransCore said.

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A possible windfall for independents

If you’re independent, there could be some real opportunities if your bigger competitors don’t have the capacity – the trucks and drivers – to handle what could be a big influx of freight.

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