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A recent article in The New York Times (www.nytimes.com) highlighted the recent increase in industrial activity on the Erie Canal. According to the article, “The number of shipments rose to 42 so far this year during the season the canal is open, from 15 during last year’s season, which lasts from May 1 to Nov. 15.”
While currently low due to reduced demand, the price of oil-and therefore diesel-is sure to go back up again eventually. “One gallon of diesel pulls one ton of cargo 59 miles by truck, 202 miles by train and 514 miles by canal barge,” the author writes. That’s just incredible.
If transport via canal is not a viable option for you because of geography or other limitations, another way to save money on transportation costs is through shipment consolidation. See the link to a recent Freight Focus column below for additional details.