ABF Freight to charge customers compliance surcharge for loads in and out of California

ABF Freight System has instituted a $5.92 surcharge for each shipment going to or from California.

This month, the Arkansas-based, LTL division of ArcBest Corp. (No. 15 in the CCJ Top 250) began the California Compliance Surcharge to offset the state’s higher operating costs and stricter regulations. The surcharge does not apply to shipments moving under Volume Price, TimeKeeper Price, a TurnKey Price or U-Pack quotes.

In recent years, truckers have had to meet progressively stricter emissions standards in California. Additionally, the state’s courts upheld the state’s meal and rest break rules for truckers and ordered carriers to reclassify independent contractors as employees in several high-profile cases.