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Rough Ride for Shippers Amid High Rates, Tight Capacity

1:38 PM MDT | January 17, 2007 | Kate Phillips with Esther D’Amico

Chemical shippers will continue to have a rough ride on all modes of transport this year, as fuel costs are high and capacity remains tight. Several carriers have announced new fuel surcharges this year. Some chemical companies say that service, particularly on railroads, remains a problem. Carriers “face the same energy and employee costs” as the chemical industry, says John Conley, president of The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC; Alexandria, VA). “We, like the chemical producers, are impacted by rising natural gas prices. The...

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