Dry Bulk Trucking 10 Key points you MUST Know

Source: www.transportunlimited.net
Source: www.transportunlimited.net

On the third place, I will put the optimization of the loading and unloading process. If you make a good optimization you will be able to load more loads per day, and by that, you will make more money.

Last but not least is the configuration of the blower. Since blowers do come in different size, you will have to choose it in accordance to the loads that you are going to transport.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 6 Freight Rates In 2019

When in process of starting a trucking business, you must be asking yourself if it will be profitable? Are the freight rates improve in the following months and years?

Well, speaking of that I must mention that the increasement of freight rates is already in process. Back in 2016, it was noticed the growth of the supply of 3.0%, whereas the demand grew by 2.4%.

Source: www.pfisterbulktransport.com
Source: www.pfisterbulktransport.com

According to few studies and surveys that were done in the trucking sector, it can be easily predicted that dry bulk demand during this year will increase by at least 2%.

Thereupon, these numbers show that the trucking industry has a better demand side then it had a few years ago. That is to say, dry bulk trucking companies are in a way better position nowadays.

Dry bulk industry stays on the road to recovery! It will become a just-profitable industry in 2019.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 7: Factors Affecting Demand

There are numerous factors that can affect the demand in dry bulk trucking. Among all factors, the one that has the biggest impact is external.

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Source: www.lodgiq.com

External factors on the freight market are in fact the ones that are most commonly setting the price off the dry bulk loads. And that ain’t no good. Yet, I must not forget the internal factors as well, but those can be easily controlled.

Dry bulk demand is driven by numerous factors that can, and have a reflection on the world economy as well as to the products that they are transporting.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 8: Move To Dedicated Customers

In order to achieve better results, many dry bulk trucking companies aim towards making contracts with dedicated customers. That is so because this part of the trucking industry is witnessing a shortage of qualified truckers, and the best way that these dry bulk trucking companies can achieve security is through making contracts with dedicated customers.

Some dry bulk trucking companies are taking this serious, they either get contracts with dedicated customers, or they are not hauling on a regular basis. That is a result of the expensive business that dry bulk trucking has become.  Getting into dry bulk trucking requires serious investment.

Source: www.drybulktrucking.com
Source: www.drybulktrucking.com

On the other hand, dry bulk trucking is transporting dry loads that cannot be transported with other types of trailers, and it is no surprise that dry bulk trucks are generating revenues even when they are empty.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 9: Onboard scales

Moreover, we came to dry bulk trucking key point number nine, which includes the onboard scales. That is to say, the usage of onboard scales. We are well aware that dry bulk trucking companies are using onboard scales to measure, and maximize each load.


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How can dry bulk truck driver increase their profit? The answer is very simple, by eliminating the expensive under-loading, and that can be done by using the onboard scales. That way truck drivers will know the exact weight of each axle group that they are loading at the moment.

Source: www.pfisterbulktransport.com
Source: www.pfisterbulktransport.com

Onboard scales nowadays can be found in the form of Air-Weigh. The Air-Weigh scales are featuring in-cab display, on which dry bulk truck drivers can see information such as:

  • Steer;
  • Drive;
  • Gross Vehicle Weight;
  • Axle Group Weights;
  • Net Payload;

Hence, these scales have been improved and redesigned. These days there are onboard scales that have a wireless sensor that is connected with the mechanical suspension systems. It is really low-cost and simple-to-install.

Yet, one more fact that shows why onboard scales are good for dry bulk trucking is the one that says that onboard scales can help truckers when transporting loads to several customers, these boards can show the amount of load that is added and taken off. That way they will provide the exact amount of product to each customer.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 10: Driver Shortage

Driver shortage or better said lack of qualified truck driver has had an immense impact in the dry bulk trucking industry . That is not the case only with dry bulk trucking companies, but also it has been noticed in liquid tanker trailer and tanker fleets.

Source: www.ccctrans.com
Source: www.ccctrans.com

One of the reasons that are considered to be causing driver shortage is the TWIC card, that is to say, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. Since a lot of dry bulk trucking companies are transporting their loads to the maritime port facilities, the authorities created this card with the purpose to achieve a higher security level.

Source: www.fstrailers.com
Source: www.fstrailers.com

How can a truck driver obtain a TWIC card? In my opinion, it’s not that complicated process, the truck driver that wants to operate with a dry bulk truck shall obtain a tank truck endorsement and a hazmat endorsement(although hazmat loads are not that common for dry bulk trucking). What I think causes a problem to truckers that want to be part of dry bulk trucking are the fees.

For tank truck drivers, the TWIC card is causing some headaches. To get a TWIC card, the driver must have a current tank truck endorsement as well as a hazmat endorsement, which have separate fees.


All in all, dry bulk trucking has an enormous impact in numerous industries across the USA. As I mentioned in the article the demand for dry bulk services is constantly increasing, and straight proportionally to that is increasing the number of incorporated trucking companies that are specializing in dry bulk services.



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