Haulage rates barely changed since 2012
Haulage rates have barely changed at all since early 2012, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
In its Services Producer Price Indices report for Q1 2015, the ONS provisionally records the index for freight transport by road at 104.8 at the end of March – the same as it was in Q4 2014 and only fractionally up on the 104.4 recorded for Q1 2012.
Despite this apparent stagnation in haulage rates over the last three years, RHA policy director Jack Semple said he “would be surprised if rates have not risen for many firms, with reduced fuel costs being offset, or more than offset, by increases in vehicle, driver and other costs”.
Semple admitted, however that “there remains intense pressure [on rates] in most sectors” adding by way of example that it was “reasonable to imagine that the price war in retailing is being felt by haulage suppliers”.