Cargo truckers say they are working to cut costs and help lower the price of their trucks and rail cars as they try to keep up with the cost pressures facing the rail industry.
The trucking industry, which includes haulage companies, has been buffeted by high commodity prices that have pushed up the cost per truck and rail car by several hundred dollars.
Cargo trucks that are owned by individual truckers and not by a big company are among the most expensive, according to a survey by the National Association of Private Railroads.
Trucking companies are in talks to lower their prices, according a spokesman for the freight trucking trade group.
Some companies have already taken steps to lower costs by reducing the amount of freight they are moving and adding to their freight capacity.
They are also talking with their customers to reduce the amount they need to buy.
The National Association for Private Railroad, a trade group for trucking companies, said in a statement it has received information about proposals to offer discounts to freight carriers.
The association said the industry is “working on these ideas with our members and will provide further details on the matter in the coming days.”
Cargo truck service providers are also trying to diversify into new markets and to reduce costs by using their trucks in new ways.
A recent survey by Cargos, the leading private company, found that nearly half of truckers surveyed said they would be willing to work with a different company in a new market or with a freight carrier if it means a lower cost per mile.
The survey also showed that nearly one-third of the truckers said they were willing to move their fleet to a different state or to a new location if it meant a lower price per mile and reduced costs.
The Association of Freight Train Operating Companies, a major trade group, said it has been in discussions with freight companies to find ways to lower prices for truckers.
That effort could include adding new trucks to their fleet and offering them to freight companies on a lease basis, said Richard Stavros, executive vice president of the group.
The industry has also been talking to other freight carriers about selling off their trucks.
Cargo trucker John McNeill said he would sell his trucks to an independent freight company if it would reduce the price per truck by 30 percent.
McNeill, who runs a shipping company, said that was not feasible, but he was open to talking with a buyer.
“It’s been tough.
We’ve been doing our best to survive,” he said.
But McNeill and other trucking executives said the price pressure is hurting their businesses and hurting their ability to deliver their products to customers.
“We are in a position where we are losing our competitive edge,” McNeill told reporters.
“And I believe it is time to say, ‘We are not going to do this any more.'”