TARIFFS--SIMPLIFICATION AND AUTOMATION--HOW AND WHEN?

TARIFFS HAVE EVOLVED AS A MEANS TO MOVE FREIGHT TRAFFIC; THEY ARE AS DIVERSE AS ALL THE SHIPPERS WHO HAVE WORKED ON THEM. DISTANCE RELATED TARIFFS, "CLASS RATES", "COLUMN COMMODITY RATES" AND "MILEAGE RATES" ARE AN AREA WHERE SIMPLIFICATION AND STANDARDIZATION MAY BEGIN WITH A MINIMUM OF DISRUPTION. THESE TARIFFS COULD BE REPRESENTED ON THE COMPUTER AS MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSIONS RATHER THAN TABLES. IN THIS WAY TABLES AND MORE COMPLEX SHIPMENT CHARGES COULD BOTH BE GENERATED QUICKLY AND EFFICENTLY. THE PROBLEM WITH IMPLEMENTING THIS NOW IS THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN A THEORETICAL MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION AND THE RATE TABLE AS IT EXISTS. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES AN INVESTIGATION OF THIS, AND SUGGESTS THAT THE NEXT RATE ADJUSTMENT MIGHT BE APPLIED TO THE AVERAGE LINE OF RATES RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL ONES. OTHER RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE TARIFF SYSTEMS NEED TO BE IDENTIFIED AND CLASSIFIED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE TARIFF SIMPLIFICATION WITH THE LEAST DISRUPTION OF TRADITIONAL RATE NEGOTIATION.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Nat Forum Inter Transp Data Systems

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  • Authors:
    • Reebie, R S
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

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  • Accession Number: 00202485
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1974 12:00AM