Q1 2024 Update on North American Bulk Transport Capacity

Posted on April 17, 2024 by Bulk Connection

The first quarter of 2024 has been marked by steady freight activity across North America, and bulk trucking capacity has remained stable for both liquid and dry bulk freight.

Notably, the chemical and food-grade industries we deal with regularly have reported healthy volumes, ensuring a consistent demand for bulk transport.

Q1 also saw an increase in longer-distance freight, a trend that indicates a shift in the transportation landscape, potentially influenced by broader economic factors.

As a North American bulk freight 3PL, we continue to emphasize the value of being a ‘shipper of choice’ to secure the capacity you need, when you need it. Even though capacity is not tight at the moment, the principles we've championed—such as providing driver-friendly facilities, offering sufficient lead time, and allowing flexible shipping windows—still hold true. They not only facilitate easier and more efficient load movements but also strengthen relationships with your chosen bulk transportation providers, which is invaluable when navigating the fluctuations of the freight market.

For example, opening facilities during off-peak hours, such as nights and weekends, has proven effective in accommodating the schedules of the bulk carriers in our network, further enhancing our capacity to handle shipments efficiently. Additionally, keeping open lines of communication regarding facility details and potential issues also plays a significant role in optimizing operations and ensuring that carriers are well prepared for pickups and deliveries.

No matter how tight or loose capacity may be, leaning on Bulk Connection's vast network of bulk freight carriers—among the largest in North America—remains a wise strategy. Our expertise in matching the specific chemical and food-grade product needs of our clients with the optimal capabilities of our carriers ensures that we provide not only competitive rates, but also high-quality service tailored to each situation. To discuss how we can assist in getting your bulk loads moving smoothly, contact Bulk Connection today.


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