Base rates soften in March, fuel surcharges increase

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TORONTO, Ont. — Canadian ground transportation costs increased slightly in March, due to mostly to fuel surcharge increases, according to the most recent Canadian General Freight Index compiled by Nulogx.

The index showed ground transportation costs rose 0.4% in March compared to February, however the base rate declined 0.7% during the same period. Fuel surcharges drove higher freight costs, rising from 17.4% to 18.8% of base rates, the index reported.

March marked the sixth straight month of fuel surcharge increases, which have now reached their highest level in more than two years.

“Increasing fuel prices continue to be the major factor affecting transportation costs,” said Doug Payne, president and COO of Nulogx. “While Base Rates are relatively stable to declining, increasing fuel prices are starting to have a real impact on shipping costs.”

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