Hazmat Surcharge

MikeJr

Moderator
Staff member
#1
So...

Does anyone want to share what you are using for a hazmat surcharge?
Back before the gray hairs started I recalled that on average using a 10% vs regular dry van rate was applicable to both LTL and TL and on most lanes. Some years later, I have a hard time believing this is really the case today.

I see some carriers add a flat amount, some charge very little (2 to 5%), and others demand 20%+.

Is this just a laneway/supply/demand and I'll never have an approximate standard? Approximately how much are the increases in insurance costs? Approximately what are the costs of ongoing training for drivers and warehouse staff? I know well what it costs to train office staff to offer hazmat freight to a carrier as just about everyone here does the training every 2 years, it's marginal.

Not sure anyone wants to share the info, we'll see.

Keep well,
Mike
 

Freight Broker

Well-Known Member
#2
It really depends on the commodity, lane, and amount.. If its your basic class 3 or class 8 I don't charge anything extra as truck availability is generally as good as nonhazmat for that stuff. For the more dangerous dangerous good.. i.e. class 1 explosives, class 2 poison gas... or class 7 radioactives I charge more, depending on lane and truck availability. I have no set markup, though, for hazmat.. as is true for all freight, I try to determine where the market is in terms of rates and capacity and price it accordingly.
 

MikeJr

Moderator
Staff member
#3
Yup,

Those details sound familiar, depends on the class being shipped and the laneway also LTL or TL are a factor.

Thanks for sharing and also thanks to those that PM'd me their ideas on the topic, much appreciated.

Keep well,
Mike
 

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