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February 23, 2021 - Several major North American producers of containerboard have recently increased linerboard prices by $50-$70/ton. Though these price increases are not yet reflected in Pulp & Paper (Fastmarkets RISI) — the industry publication that drives many packaging paper supply contracts — this recent round of increases is already being adopted by several integrated and independent corrugated manufacturers.
While corrugated increases are expected a couple times a year, this situation is slightly abnormal because the increase is being driven by tight supply and sustained increase in demand, which has not let up despite the holiday season coming to an end. These issues are compounded by the rise in input costs and unpredictable shortages in labor due to COVID-19.
February 15, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
THOMASVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (Nasdaq: ODFL) today announced a general rate increase (GRI) of 4.9 percent applicable to rates established under the existing ODFL 559, 670, and 550 tariffs effective March 1, 2021.
Todd A. Polen, Old Dominion’s Vice President – Pricing Services, commented, "At Old Dominion, we are committed to delivering our premium value proposition of on-time, claims-free service at a fair price. To satisfy our customers’ expectations and deliver on the promises we have made, we must continue to enhance our high-quality service network and systems. This GRI will affect our class tariffs and is intended to partially offset the rising costs of real estate, new equipment, technology investments, and competitive employee wage and benefit packages. Although the GRI will impact each customer differently based on specific shipment lanes and distance traveled, it is consistent with our long-term yield management philosophy and the overall impact of the increase is anticipated to be approximately 4.9 percent. The GRI also provides for a nominal increase in minimum charges with respect to intrastate, interstate and cross border lanes.”
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