Press Releases

February 4, 2019

Estes Express Lines Announces 2019 General Rate Increase

RICHMOND, VA—Our most important goal at Estes is to provide our customers with reliable, timely, and fairly-priced transportation services and information. As data is vital for supply chain success, the implementation of new technologies is the key to ensuring that we reach that reliable service goal every day. The general rate increase that Estes will implement Monday, February 18, 2019 will help offset the rising costs of technology as well as the ever-growing costs of maintaining a stable operational structure, driver recruitment and retention, and our employee base.

The overall impact will be 5.9%, with specific lanes adjusted based upon operational needs. The increase will apply to shipments moving under Estes’ current EXLA 550 base rates and minimum charges within the U.S. and cross-border with Canada. Certain accessorial charges in our EXLA 105 rules tariff will also be increased at this time.

Updated rates for the EXLA 550 tariffs will be available on the Estes website’s PC Rater Download page by April 30. The new EXLA 105 Rules Tariff will post to the website at the same time. Individual rate quotes are available on, by contacting a local Estes terminal or by calling a rating specialist at 866-ESTES4U (378-3748), and pressing 12.

We appreciate our customers’ understanding as we continue to focus on a pricing discipline designed to help us provide the quality service you have come to depend upon. And, we thank you for choosing Estes.

Richard. G. Ellis
Vice President, Pricing

About Estes Express Lines

The nation’s largest privately owned freight transportation carrier, Estes is a go-to provider of end-to-end transportation and custom logistics services. Through a vast regional, national, international, and global footprint, Estes’ comprehensive solutions include Less Than Truckload, Volume LTL, Truckload, Time-Critical Guaranteed, and Final Mile. Backed by nearly 90 years of industry expertise and financial stability, Estes delivers a better customer experience through flexibility and improved technology to best meet rapidly changing freight transportation needs. The Richmond, VA-based fourth-generation company operates one of the newest fleets in the industry, and understands that its nationwide team of over 18,000 employees is one of its strongest assets.