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Loading Dock Wait Times Cost U.S. Truckers Over $1 Billion Annually

Posted February 05, 2018

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Michelle Rafter —

Truck drivers lose an estimated $1,281 to $1,534 a year and put themselves at higher risk for crashes because of unexpected wait times on loading docks, according to results of a much-anticipated government report.

Collectively, detention time robs U.S. truckers of an estimated $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion in income annually, according to the report, which is based on a Department of Transportation office of inspector general audit.

Detention time is generally defined as the minutes or hours truckers wait beyond what they anticipate needing to load or unload freight. An industry rule of thumb often included in shipper contracts is anything over a two-hour wait is considered detention time. Click here to read more.

Related: U.S. Department of Transportation Audit Report