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Carriers Are Taking Accessorial Charges to Shippers

The Journal of Commerce reports online that truckload carriers are taking accessorial charges (one-time fees for special services) to shippers. The article cites findings from TCP’s recent survey which asked carriers about a variety of industry issues, including renegotiation of accesorials. The article mentions that companies like UPS and FedEx Express have long used these charges and 68% of the carriers surveyed plan on renegotiating these fees as well. Click here to read more.

Tonnage “In Check” and In Line With Historical Trends

Despite a decline in tonnage, reports some interesting news for the trucking industry. According to chief ATA economist Bob Costello, the number of trucks operating is down and carriers are having trouble recruiting drivers, which is keeping “tonnage in check.” The decrease in tonnage, however, is in line with historical trends and over half of carriers from TCP’s Third Quarter Business Expectations survey said that their rates did increase over the last three months. Read the full article here.

Uncertainty in the Economy Affecting Carriers Outlook cites the TCP Third Quarter Business Expectations Survey which suggests that the uncertainty in the economy is affecting carriers’ outlook in business volumes. Read the full article here.

Number of Carriers Expecting Business Volumes to Increase is Down

In May of 2011, almost 80% of carriers surveyed expect business volumes to increase but this number shrank down to only 48% of carriers in TCP’s recent survey. Both Batts and Mikes were quoted in’s article. Read the full article here.

TCP Announces the Addition of Jim Parham as Managing Partner reports on TCP’s recent announcement of the addition of Jim Parham as a managing partner of the firm. Parham has over 40 years of experience in the industry, including 25 years as President of Jim Parham & Associates. Read the full article here.