Carriers Feeling the Pinch

Transport Topics quoted Lana Batts on the growing cash crunch. She noted that shippers are extending the time the pay carriers. The problem is made worse because carriers have to pay their fuel costs on a daily basis, but are being paid by the shipper until 45 days later. She noted that even if a carrier receives 100% fuel surcharges from 100% of its customers, it is still about 20% in recovering its increased fuel costs because of billed versus actual miles, out of route miles, empty miles, and idling.