OWNER-OPERATOR COSTS OF HAULING FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN REFRIGERATED TRUCKS

Cost per mile for owner-operators hauling fresh fruits and vegetables is estimated. Analysis is similar to a 1979 study of multitruck firms hauling fresh fruits and vegetables. Data from eight owner-operators were used as cost elements. Costs per mile were estimated for (1) trips of different lengths and operating conditions and (2) for the number of miles driven each year. Unit costs tended to decrease for longer trips and as annual mileage increased. Driver cost was the most expensive item, and included wages that owner-operators paid themselves, wages for a driver-helper, and trip-related costs such as per diem. Fuel was the second most expensive item, and included fuel for operating the tractor and refrigeration unit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service

    National Economics Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20250
  • Authors:
    • BOLES, P P
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ESCS-82
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM