Since it’s Pi Day (March 14th — 3.14, get it?) it only seems appropriate to post a shipping pie chart, right?
This pie chart is for a 20′ container with a residential live load in a local NY neighborhood. (A “live load” is when the driver waits in the truck while the container is being loaded.)
Even though I have been in the business for years now it never seems to amaze me how much of the pie is for trucking.
Why is trucking so expensive?
Well, it’s not always and it depends on the area. For example, recently we did a live load in Dallas and it was cheaper then this proposed live load in NY. Remember, Dallas is HOURS away from the port in Houston…
Here’s how the trucking rates add up — base rate x fuel surcharge + residential charge* ($100-$175) + chassis split ($75-$100) + chassis rental ($30 per day) + 2 additional hours of driver detention ($60-$80 per hour) + any other toll roads or potential port congestion charges.
* Trucking companies have increasingly eliminated residential work since the risks can out weight the profits. In some cities there’s only one or two trucking companies to work with.