Haulage rates trail inflation
By: Dave Robbins
22 March 2013
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The Consumer Prices Index registered its first increase for four months in February, taking it up to 2.8%. Whilst that’s not good news for any of us, hauliers have more reason to carp than most. According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), whilst non-fuel operating costs increased by 2.5% in 2012, hauliers were only able to negotiate a miserly 0.2% increase with their customers.
To make matters worse, a survey conducted by the RHA showed that the majority of operators weren’t expecting to be able to increase their rates in 2013. It’s a similar story on fuel, with hauliers finding it ever harder to pass on increases in fuel costs to customers who, themselves, are operating on wafer thin margins.
A recent report in ‘Commercial Motor’ magazine looking at hauliers in the building and aggregates industry revealed that a highly competitive market is making life particularly tough. Some operators are turning work down because it simply isn’t economically viable.