The purpose of detention charges is to compensate the driver and or carrier when they are held up. In most detention time trucking cases, the driver is set back and not loaded in a timely manner and a snowball effect takes place. Examples are as follows:
As you can see, when trucks are not loaded timely, or unloaded timely, it does affect everyone down the line. The cost for detention charges vary based on the company, the equipment, and the geography. Rates range from $50 to $100 per hour.
The best ways to avoid detention and keep your costs down are:
1. Ensure the goods are ready for loading prior to scheduling the truck.
2. Advise the warehouse that the truck must be loaded within a given timeline such as 2 hours or less.
3. Space out the appointments so that you have time to unload the truck.
4. Add warehouse staff to be able to unload the truck promptly. ($75 an hour detention adds up quickly so it is cheaper to add more labor to load - unload the truck then to pay detention).
5. Keep in mind that when you hold up the truck, you're delaying your delivery as well. This may cost your company future sales if items get delivered late consistently.
6. Ensure you have forklifts (the proper equipment in good working order) to unload the truck promptly.
7. Stagger your warehouse labor so people can unload through lunch. (Remember this avoids detention, and saves both shippers and receivers money.)
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