In the highly regulated field of chemical transportation cost-conscious producers, uncertain of the effects of deregulation, will attempt to streamline operations to optimize use of all carriers. The most obvious changes will be in the railroad, trucking and barge lines that carry most chemicals to market. Chemical companies will pay more attention to safety and will optimize their use of various types of transportation. The aim will be to emphasize regular bulk shipment and reduce small-volume, irregular shipments. This will mean more barging and unit trains and less trucking. This article discusses the cost of distribution of chemicals and the targets among carrier modes for cost savings. A survey showed that highway modes account for 47% of the total chemical transportation, railroads just under 47% and barges only 6%. Chemical companies which feel that the best potential break on increasing transportation costs is competition among carriers, are backing deregulation or proposals for less regulation. The possible effects of deregulation of railroads and of lesser regulation of inland waterway carriers are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Chemical Society

    1155 16th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Greek, B F
  • Publication Date: 1979-7-9

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  • Accession Number: 00196424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CENEAR57(28) 1-68
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM