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Saturday, December 1, 2012

ATRI Updates Operational Costs Report

The American Transportation Research Institute’s An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking 2012 update cites research showing the average marginal trucking cost per mile for 2011 was $1.71. 

The research identifies fleet-generated marginal costs from 2008 to 2011 and provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool. The 2011 cost is the highest of the four years studied.  Following a sharp decline in fuel prices and the resulting decreased industry costs in 2008 and 2009, marginal costs have steadily risen through 2010 and 2011. 

The per-mile costs were converted to hourly figures using an empirical truck operating speed. The total average industry cost per hour was $68.20 in 2011. Fuel and driver wages continue to be the largest cost centers for carrier, constituting 62% of the average operating cost in 2011. 

The Operational Costs of Trucking report is available online at

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