Container vs. Truck & Bulk Shipment of Speciality Grains

Container vs. Truck & Bulk Shipment of Speciality Grains

Copyright 2004, Traffic World, Inc.

(Cost per ton)

Soybean shipment from Iowa to Japan, via Seattle

Container Truck Single Car Unit Train

Cost Unit for

per ton* Input Input Cost Input Cost Input Cost Input Cost

Capacity Tons 20 25 90 4500

On-Farm Storage 0.67 Month 3 $2.00 3 $2.00 1 $0.67 1 $0.67

Inland Elevator Storage 1.00 Month 3 $3.00 3 $3.00

Farm Handling 0.33 Handle 1 $0.33 1 $0.33 1 $0.33 1 $0.33

Inland Elevator Handling 2.66 Handle 1 $2.66 1 $2.66

Port Terminal Handling 1.33 Handle 1 1.33 1 1.33 1 1.33

Haul to Farm 0.14 Mile 18 $2.50 18 $2.50 18 $2.50 18 $2.50

Haul to Elevator (round trip) 0.07 Mile 15 $1.07 60 $4.26

Inland Drayage 0.05 Mile 50 $2.40

Inland Truck Freight** 0.03 Mile 3,644 $109.32

In-land Rail Input Input $30.00 $27.22

Ocean Freight 13.00 Trip 1 $13.00 1 $13.00 1 $13.00

In-land/Ocean Freight 60.00 Trip 1 $60.00

Marketing Costs 8.00 Hour 1 $8.00 0.8 $6.40 0.2 $1.78 0.004 $0.04

Repositioning (Repo)

Special Handling (eg bagged)

Total Estimated Costs/Ton* $75.23 $134.88 $56.33 $55.00



*Short ton = 2000lb.; **50% Backhaul

Source: Department of Agriculture