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Average Wood Chip Trucking Costs for the Southeastern United States

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Transportation costs of wood chips may be a significant component of the total wood chip procurement costs of a plant. Transportation costs may influence plant location and define the radius of the wood procurement area. A survey of 80 trucking companies in the southeast that haul wood chips indicated that haul costs, on a cost per ton-mile basis, were not linear with respect to distance. Haul costs for wood chips ranged from $0.139/per ton-mile for haul distances of 1 to 20 miles, to $0.074/ton-mile for haul distances greater than 60 miles. Most wood chips were transported by either contract or private motor carriers. There were no significant difference between haul costs for common, contract, and private motor carriers. The variation in haul costs of private motor carriers was smaller than that of contract or common motor carriers. South. J. Appl. For. 12(4):267-269.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: American Pulpwood Association, P.O. Box 5818, N. Charleston, SC 29406

Publication date: November 1, 1988

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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