Fuel prices hit trucking

| Print |  Email
Tuesday, July 01, 2008

STATEWIDE In the words of Oregon Trucking Association president Bob Russell, state truckers are “painfully” grappling with soaring diesel prices.

In the first week of June, the average price for diesel on the West Coast was $4.87 per gallon, nearly $2 more than a year ago. California is the priciest, at just over $5 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The price increases hit small and independent big-rig truck operators especially hard because their profit margins are already slim. It takes $1,500 on average to fill up a truck now, Russell says, costing operators hundreds more dollars each time at the pump.

Current troubles in the overall economy equate to a “double whammy” for truckers, too, Russell says. There’s less demand for product shipping, which means less business for truckers.

Among his 784 members, Russell says truckers who haul logging and forest products are being hit the hardest. That business has dropped 50% from the same time last year.  With others, business has declined by up to 25%.

Russell says only a handful of his members so far have been forced out of business because of fuel prices. But nationwide in the first quarter of this year, the American Trucking Association reports that more than 900 operators have shut down, up from 385 last year.

At Portland-based Fleet Truck Sales, sales are down from this time last year, says Rick Vasquez, a sales representative for the company. He sees some silver lining, though, because as more operators go under, there’s more freight to be hauled for remaining operators.  

“Freight’s still gotta move, and the cost is going to be passed on,” Vasquez says.



To comment, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

More Articles

Biker dreams

The Latest
Friday, May 15, 2015
bike at ater wynn-thumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.


Read more...

6 key things to know about summer baseball in Oregon

The Latest
Friday, June 05, 2015
basedthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

As temperatures in Oregon creep into the 90s this weekend, Oregonians' thoughts are turning to — summer baseball.


Read more...

Photo Diary: Forest Grove Farmers Market

The Latest
Thursday, May 14, 2015
IMG 8469BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.


Read more...

5 things to know about veterans in the workforce

The Latest
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
070215-vetsthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

There are more than 10 million former military members working in the United States.


Read more...

Apartment Mania

Guest Blog
Thursday, June 18, 2015
4805983977 11466ce1d6 zBY BRAD HOULE | CFA

While most categories of commercial real estate have performed well, one of the most robust has been apartment buildings.


Read more...

Photo Log: The 2015 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon

The Latest
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
greenthumbPHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Oregon Business celebrated the 100 Best Green Workplaces with an awards luncheon yesterday at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.


Read more...

Hall of Flame

June 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

A Power Lunch at Oswego Grill.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS