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U.S. Trucking Capacity

The trucking situation in the U.S. continues to worsen and is disrupting daily operations. Many cities are heavily impacted by tight capacity leading to delays, chassis shortages and higher trucking prices that vary from region to region.
U.S. Trucking Capacity

In many markets, it is challenging to locate draymen to execute work orders, resulting in delayed pick-ups and deliveries, as well as substantial cost increases. Some markets are worse than others and the environment is constantly changing.

Currently the most affected markets are New York, Savannah, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Charleston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Charlotte and Houston.

The limit of 1 hour free time for container loading or unloading implemented by trucking companies on March 1 is still in effect. Shipments taking more than 1 hour are charged at a rate of $100 per hour. Some ocean carriers implemented an Emergency Intermodal Surcharge (EIS) per container in the worst affected cities.

Contributing factors

  • Electronic Logging Devices (ELD‘s) – a new federal mandate went into effect December 18, 2017 which created additional cost leading to reduced trucking capacity as truckers had to lower their commitments to meet hours of service requirements. Full enforcement started in April. Read more about the ELD implementation on ELD Facts.
  • Shortage of Drivers and Chassis Supply.
  • Increased freight demand especially eCommerce and rising fuel cost. 
  • Limited free time at U.S. rail ramps.

With the above noted challenges, there is an increased risk of demurrage, detention, storage and dry run charges.

As capacity has continued to tighten, drivers are more inclined to cherry pick what loads they wish to handle. Hazmat cargo, over weight cargo, cargo destined to shippers or consignees that are known to have excessive wait times are being avoided by drivers.

How to Maintain Service Levels in a Tight Transportation Market

  • Be flexible with warehouse appointment times.
  • Consider adding evening and/or weekend hours.
  • Increase communication with transportation partners.
  • Provide partners with adequate lead time. 
  • Act quickly – as trucks get booked fast.

Please reach out to your local DACHSER contact if you have any questions. We will continue to find solutions to deliver your cargo as expeditiously as possible.

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