Landstar Board Question

Discussion in 'Landstar' started by Primetime132, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Primetime132

    Primetime132 Bobtail Member

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    Can someone please give me an example on how to calculate Landstar pay for just having a tractor. I know it's 65% but do the loads on the board already include the fsc? That's the only part that got me. I know how to calculate 65% of what the load pay. The fsc got me puzzled.
     
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  3. rwdfinch50

    rwdfinch50 Medium Load Member

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    When the load is posted, the total revenue includes the fuel surcharge. Some agents break out the fuel surcharge before they post the loads, but most do not.
    You need to call the agent and ask what the surcharge is for the load you are interested in, and then make sure the agent separates it, along with other accessorials such as lumper, tolls, etc. from the gross revenue, as you get 100% of fuel and lumpers, and 65% of the line haul.
    So, the way you figure it is to take the gross, subtract the fuel surcharge and lumpers, etc. from that figure. Then multiply the remainder by 65%, add the fuel and such back in, then divide by the total miles to come up with your per mile rate.
    It sounds hard, but it's really simple once you've done it a few times.
    Landstar has a link to the current fuel surcharge on their web site. Here is the link for it; http://portal.landstaronline.com/se...Surcharge/2013 Landstar Scale Fuel Prices.pdf
    Note that you will probably need to be signed in to the service to view the page. I keep it bookmarked, then when I'm signed in, I just click on it and it comes up. Make sure when you call the agent that they are giving you at least the proper fuel surcharge as published by Landstar. I've had agents try to give me way less when they are brokering loads so they're take will be higher. Don't let them get away with it.
    Also, on the main load search page, next to the revenue figure, if you see a "Y", it means they separated the fuel from the total. When you click on the load, it will show the breakdown of the charges for the load. In that case, you'll see the line haul figure, and then the total revenue figure. For that, just multiply the linehaul by 65%, then add in the accessorial charges, and divide for yor mileage rate.
    I hope this helps you figure it out.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2013
  4. Primetime132

    Primetime132 Bobtail Member

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    Yes this is what I wanted to know. You did a good job explaining it. Thanks!
     
  5. Flightline

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    Wow, sounds like lot of work to figure how much the load is gona pay when looking at comparing several loads.
    Guess I'm spoiled over here at Mercer where the $ on our load board is what we get paid. Nothing to figure.
     
  6. Starline

    Starline Medium Load Member

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    That's great but how do you know what the load actually pays and how much Mercer is taking ?
     
  7. losttrucker

    losttrucker Road Train Member

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    Why does it matter what Mercer is taking?? If the total to the truck makes you happy and worth running the load, why worry what a company makes?
     
  8. Flightline

    Flightline Road Train Member

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    Mercer breaks it down on your actual pay sheet. We can ask the agent in advance but again it doesn't matter to most of us. We only care what the load is paying to the truck and that number is what is on the load board. No trying to figure how much the load is going to pay.
    Even our oversize loads, we do not have to figure how much the permits or escorts will cost. We get paid the $number on the board and mercer pays the permits and escorts and tolls.
     
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  9. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Not quite so easy when you have trucks under different contracts. Ls has trucks with contracts from 65% to 80%.
     
  10. rwdfinch50

    rwdfinch50 Medium Load Member

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    Actually, it's pretty much the same here. If you know how much you need to operate your truck, then once you know the system, you can tell at a glance at the total revenue figure for the load that's posted if you want the load.
    For example, if i see a load on the board that picks up close to where I am, and say it pays $2,800 for 1,000 miles, or $2.80 per mile, I know I can make it work, so long as it's not a load going into a dead zone. I can first commit on the load, so I know it's mine, then have the agent break out the fuel on the confirmation. It's really easy. Keep in mind that I run dry van, not heavy haul.
    The only difference I can see between us it that Mercer takes their percentage before posting the revenue total, and Landstar doesn't.
     
  11. Flightline

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    Why the different percentage contracts?
     
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