Are shippers intentionally detaining drivers?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by poongdool, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    lol sounds like the wm dc in pageland sc
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  3. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    wait until you go to south ga in the summer to pick up corn. you will choke on nats and lose your hearing at the ice shed
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  4. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    When I read this post I could not help thinking about the Crew on board a ship that was anchored in the waters outside a certain country that has decided to not accept Australian Coal they had to sit on board the ship for months before it was finally redirected to Japan to be unloaded there. So spending a few hours waiting at a dock doesn't seem all that hard compared to that ships crew now does it.
  5. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    I was thinking of several us foods locations. Thankfully I haven’t done produce in nearly 8 years, but I still remember o_O
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  6. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

    May 28, 2010
    I always go in and check with them after 2 hours and ask how much longer. Generally get a non committal commitment.

    I tell them no worries. I'm on $35 hour detention now. I going back to the truck and watch TV. Take your time.

    The idea of the driver being able to make money while waiting for them, seems to irritate them.

    I even had lumpers, that were only about a third of the way through their count after 4 hours, say screw it and signed my bills on the spot when I told them that.
  7. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    You could be driving for BillyBob’s Alligator Eatery.
  8. poongdool

    poongdool Light Load Member

    Mar 24, 2020
    My situation was, I got in the dock after couple of hours waiting, started them loading the produce, then after 2-3 hours, I got told that I’m short of 2 pallets, going to wait for a while which lasted around 12hrs, have to leave dock and go park at their staging until they call you back in.
  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Again, it's no fun but it's not unusual either. Sometimes the loading dock and the field shippers aren't on the same page. It's a pain for the dock to have to pull you out and restart you when product finally comes in but if they're busy they probably need the dock.
    I'm not taking their side, just letting you know that what's happening to you isn't some kind of conspiracy. You're just another truck, they see hundreds every year, and your individual problem doesn't mean anything to them.
    If you get in their face they know how to deal with that, too.
    Just remember the shipper and make sure not to come back again. That's really all you can do.
  10. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    I quit running cali a little over a year ago and only hauled for the same buyer in Chicago...the way the buyer and my carrier handled it was that the unload appt in Chicago wasn't set until the last pick was on and had a 10 hour break .
    The buyer usually gave me a list of products that could be cut if needed and they were not bashful about going up a shippers arse if they got stupid.
    There was no broker involved either .
  11. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike Road Train Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Upstate New York
    I have not so fond memories of sitting in fields in central Florida for hours waiting to load....Then running like a wild man to get back up north.

    That's on me of course for running for elog exempt companies...I was getting too old to keep that pace up !
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