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May 2000
Rising Fuel Costs Lead to Higher Transportation Expenses
Trucking's Number One Concern is Price of Gas
by Dan Clarke
Most in the trucking industry feel that increased diesel costs are minimizing their profits, and they are uncomfortable raising their rates or adding fuel surcharges for their winery customers."The trucking industry is very competitive because of deregulation. We have to survive," says Barbara Groskopf Smith, general manager of Groskopf-Weider Trucking Co. in Sonoma. "Our costs are up $0.35-to-$0.40 per gallon--without taxes. We had to impose a fuel surcharge on all our customers....
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