NEWS 2004

September 2004

THE RISK OF HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WARRANTS AN EXTRA CHARGE

Fort Erie, ON – September 2004 – The risk and additional costs associated with the handling of hazardous materials make it necessary for the trucking industry to bill an extra charge for the service.  Recognizing the real cost of this potential risk, insurance companies charge additional premiums to carriers handling this type of freight.  Insurance premiums are increased to even higher levels for cross-border trucking companies handling this type of freight...


May 2004

A FREIGHT RATE INCREASE OF 5.8% EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 5, 2004 IS RECOMMENDED (Freight Carriers Association)

Fort Erie, ON, May 2004 – Currently there is little excess capacity anywhere within the trucking industry.  Major cost increases in labour, insurance, security and other non-labour cost components if not recouped by rate increases will further reduce capacity.  The industry needs to invest in the drivers and equipment required to both maintain current levels of capacity, and meet future demands as the economy rebounds.  The service levels that shippers currently receive and expect can only be maintained if the trucking industry’s profits can attract investors.  A look at current profit levels, the aging driver workforce, security & insurance costs indicate that the days of excess capacity are over...

UNE AUGMENTATION DE 5.8% EN VIGUEUR DÈS LUNDI LE 5 JUILLET 2004 EST RECOMMANDÉE

Fort Erie, ON, mai 2004 – L’industrie du transport n’a presque plus le choix: Sa marge de manoeuvre risque d’être réduite à presque rien si les hausses importantes des coûts de main-d’œuvre, d’assurances, de sécurité et autres frais d’exploitation ne sont pas récupérées.  Par ailleurs, il est essentiel que l’industrie du camionnage investisse les sommes nécessaires pour s’assurer que la main-d’œuvre et les équipements suffisent à la demande actuelle et à son accroissement qu’entraînera l’expansion économique anticipée.  La qualité des services dont les clients bénéficient ne pourra être maintenue que si les marges de profit des transporteurs sont suffisantes pour attirer les investisseurs.  Il suffit d’un seul coup d’œil aux faibles marges de profit, au vieillissement des chauffeurs et aux coûts d’assurances, de sûreté et de sécurité croissants pour conclure que les jours de surcapacité sont passés...


May 2004

A FREIGHT RATE INCREASE OF 5.9% EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 5, 2004 IS RECOMMENDED (North American Transprotation Council)

Buffalo, NY, May 2004 – Currently there is little excess capacity anywhere within the trucking industry.  This is especially true with U.S. – Canada cross border traffic that requires an increasing amount of expertise to handle efficiently.  Major cost increases in labour, insurance, security and other non-labour cost components if not recouped by rate increases will further reduce capacity.  The industry needs to invest in the drivers and equipment required to both maintain current levels of capacity, and meet future demands as the economy rebounds.  The service levels that shippers currently receive and expect can only be maintained if the trucking industry’s profits can attract investors.  Current inadequate profit levels, the aging driver workforce, delays at the border, security & insurance costs indicate that the days of excess capacity are over...

February 2004

BORDER SECURITY SURCHARGE
Buffalo, NY, February 2004 – In April, 2003, the North American Transportation Council’s General Rate Committee established a per shipment border security surcharge on both LTL and TL cross-border shipments.  The surcharge was implemented due to the increased cost of handling border-crossing freight since the September 11, 2001 attacks, due to the government-mandated changes in freight security as well as compliance with border crossing initiatives...


January 2004
ACCESSORIAL SERVICES
Fort Erie, ON – January 2004The Freight Carriers Association of Canada’s Tariff Advisory Committee (TAC) and North American Transportation Council’s General Rate Committee (GRC) recently recognized that many shippers, consignees and carrier employees needed to acquire a better understanding of tariff rules, accessorial services and accessorial charges.  In order to provide assistance in promoting a better understanding, in this and subsequent newsletters, we plan to highlight a specific rule and related accessorial services and charges, what the service entails and why it is important to capture the information necessary to bill the customer for the service.  We will approach the project by treating first the accessorial services that have the best possible payoff and/or the easiest to implement...

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