TRUCKER TURN TIMES USA: * At L.A. and Long Beach's ports - ** Survey: More than 3 hours at shippers
* California - Rolling faster using trucker appointment system
--- Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system... So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into a terminal, load up or drop off a container and then hit the road, fell to below 40 minutes during May and June... Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association that monitors turn times, said trucks spent about 64 minutes last month inside the port. More problematic, he said, is that those turn times don’t include the minutes trucks are waiting in the queue to get into the terminals... Cushing acknowledges that many truckers wait at the gate, but he said it would be unfair to count those minutes since some are just waiting until they can enter the port without paying a fee...
(Photo: Los Angeles Port) -- Los Angeles, CAL, USA - Daily Breeze, by Rachel Uranga - 13 July 16
** Oregon - DAT survey: 63% of truckers spend more than 3 hours at shippers
--- Nearly 63 percent of commercial truck drivers spend more than three hours at a shipper’s dock waiting for their vehicle to be loaded and unloaded, according to a recent survey by DAT Solutions... Of the 247 carriers surveyed, 54 percent reported typical detention times of three to four hours, while 9 percent said it was common to be detained five or more hours... Among motor carriers, detention is one of the top five business problems they face, according to 84 percent of the survey respondents... Both brokers and carriers defined detention as holding a driver and truck at the dock for more than two hours while loading or unloading... Most of the carriers surveyed said they are seldom paid for detention, and when payment is offered, it does not cover the full business cost that results from the delay... Only 3 percent of carriers were paid on 90 percent or more of their detention claims, at a rate between $30 and $50 per hour, according to survey respondents. Even when the claims were paid, however, that level of compensation did not cover the opportunity costs to their business... Carriers were often forced to turn down other loads while their trucks were detained and unavailable. One owner-operator reported losing two loads, with combined revenue of $1,900, because his truck was detained too long at a receiver’s dock...
(Photo: Truck at the dock for more than two hours while loading or unloading) -- Portland, ORE, USA - The Trucker News Services - 15 July 2016
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