(Dr. Don Deckard, Louisiana Tech)
The estimated, region-wide (Texas to Maine) annual cost associated with “excess” truck idle-time at mills is between $39 and $109 million. Main factors affecting turn-time are wood/load form, truck/trailer type, unloading equipment, month of delivery, and human resources utilization at mills.
KEY FINDINGS: see FRA Technical Release 03-R-1, Benchmark Log Truck Turn-Times in the Southern U.S. and Maine –
See the final report: AN INVESTIGATION OF ROUNDWOOD TRUCK TURN-TIME COST PENALTIES TO THE WOOD SUPPLY SYSTEM