bem2 wrote:We're looking to buy from 6,000 to 7,500lbs of anthracite nut coal from a seller we've located in Washington, PA. So far, we are unable to locate a trucking company that will deliver the coal at a reasonable rate. One quote we've received so far is over $3,000 delivery only. Anybody know of a trucking company that would deliver to a business address near Denver, CO, or are we looking at a 3,000 mile roundtrip adventure? Thanks for any comments.
That seems high, and more like a full T/L rate from PA to CO.
Is the coal bulk or bagged? If bulk, then you are paying for the entire truck. If bagged, you are only paying for 3 or 4 skid spaces on a truck. Even if it is bulk, the dispatch for the trucking company will most likely arrange for a back-haul, so you should not be obligated to pay for a round trip.
I doubt that you will make that long of a haul very economically no matter how you slice it, but a full T/L of bulk with a back-haul will bring you the best freight rate in my opinion.
For comparison I can bring 40' HQ overseas containers in all the way from Hungary, Egypt, or India, and then have the entire container railed and trucked into Ohio for typically about $6K to $7.5K total to the door of the company that I work for.