Press Releases

November 9, 2015

Estes Express Lines Announces 2015 General Rate Increase

RICHMOND, VA (November 9, 2015) — Today, Estes Express Lines announced a general rate increase effective November 23, 2015. The adjustment affects only the company’s current EXLA 500 and 550 base rates, with an average increase of 4.9 percent. Estes is also modifying its EXLA 105 Rules Tariff effective November 23.

“Estes maintains a solid fiscal discipline, and we made this increase decision only after careful evaluation of the current fiscal environment and industry conditions,” said Vice President of Pricing Paul Dugent. “Changing regulatory requirements—including more stringent government fuel-economy standards—and the ever-growing need to maintain competitive compensation for qualified drivers during the continued driver shortage have all been taken into consideration.”

The company also cited additional factors that led to the increase, including the need to aggressively invest in new equipment to maintain a safe and reliable network.

Updated EXLA 500 and 550 base rates will be available for download from the PC Rater Download page of Estes’ website ( beginning November 16. The modified EXLA 105 Rules Tariff will also be posted on the website in the Resources section on November 23. Customers subject to that tariff are directed to carefully review the information about the accessorial services that they normally purchase.

For individual rate quotes, customers can contact their local Estes terminal or an Estes rating specialist at 866-ESTES4U (378-3748), and press 12. To learn more about Estes Express Lines and its full array of transportation and supply chain management services, please visit

About Estes Express Lines

Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Estes is a leading, full-service freight transportation provider offering a complete range of shipping solutions including LTL, time critical, volume & truckload, global and custom solutions. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes and still family-owned, today’s Estes is the largest, privately held LTL carrier in the nation. With a network of more than 200 terminals across the country and a global service footprint, Estes has grown into one of the most respected total-solutions providers in the industry.