Press Releases

October 4, 2016

Estes Express Lines Announces 2016 General Rate Increase, California Compliance Surcharge

RICHMOND, VA (October 4, 2016)—Throughout our 85-year history, Estes has remained committed to providing customers with superior, reliable and fairly-priced service. We consistently achieve this goal by building strong teams, capitalizing on technology and maintaining fiscal stability to ensure we’ll be here to serve customers for the next 85 years.

To continue our steady financial discipline and reliable service, we are implementing an increase on our current EXLA 500 and 550 tariffs with an overall impact of 4.9%. We are also adjusting certain accessorial charges in our EXLA 105 Rules Tariff. The effective date for all changes is Monday, October 17, 2016.

The amended 105 Rules Tariff also includes Item 366, a provision for a California Compliance Surcharge of $5.90 per shipment to offset the added cost of doing business in the state. This applies to all shipments originating from or destined to California but does not apply to SureMove shipments (household moving services) or freight traveling through California with other origins and destinations such as Hawaii.

We are making these changes after careful evaluation of the current fiscal environment and industry conditions. Two important factors for the general rate increase include the rising cost of hiring and retaining drivers and mechanics in the midst of a continued skilled labor shortage and the cost of maintaining a dependable fleet. New California labor laws, stringent equipment specifications and the higher fuel costs in the state also drove the decision to implement the California surcharge.

Updated rates for the EXLA 500 or 550 tariffs will be available on the Estes website’s PC Rater Download page by October 10. The new EXLA 105 Rules Tariff will post to the website on October 17.

Customers subject to these tariffs are asked to carefully review information about accessorial services normally purchased and the California Compliance Surcharge. Questions should be directed to their Estes representatives. Individual rate quotes are available on or by calling a local Estes terminal or a rating specialist at 866-ESTES4U (378-3748), press 12.

We appreciate our customers’ understanding as we continue to focus on a pricing discipline that allows us to continue providing the quality service they have come to depend upon.

About Estes
Headquartered in 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, Estes is the largest privately held LTL carrier in the nation. Estes is now one of the most respected total-solutions providers in the industry, with more than 200 U.S. terminals and a global service footprint.