Canadian freight costs cool in October

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Updated Jan 6, 2011

Results published Wednesday, Jan. 5, by the Canadian General Freight Index indicate that after several months of steady increases, the cost of ground transportation for Canadian Shippers dropped slightly in October.

The CGFI Total Freight Cost Index decreased by .8 percent in October compared to September, while the Base Rate Index, which excludes the impact of fuel surcharges assessed by carriers, decreased .92 percent. The CGFI is still 7.5 percent above the April low point and 5.3 percent above last year’s result for the same period.

Notably, average fuel surcharges increased by 6 percent to 13.77 percent of base rates when compared to September results. Fuel surcharges increased for the first time in five months and are beginning to reflect the higher cost of diesel fuel for trucking companies.

“We are just starting to see the impact that higher fuel prices will have on shippers and trucking companies, and we expect to monitor this trend through the winter months,” says Doug Payne, president and chief operating officer of Nulogx, which oversees the CGFI. “As for the slight decline in base rates, this is not unexpected given the consecutive monthly increases we have seen since last April.”