Smart Hack That'll Help You Beat Lumper Fees
Lumper fees can be an annoyance. These are charges given to carriers whenever a shipper uses a third party to load or unload contents on carrier trailers. Two venues for lumpers are grocery distributors and warehousing companies. These fees are reimbursable to drivers by the freight broker or shipper.
The service is often seen as a scam. The driver is frequently not reimbursed the fee. The bottom line is lumper fees are a source of frustration for haulers and, in almost all skewed cases, it's the driver who gets ripped off.
Lumper Fees Explained
Lumper fees fall anywhere between $100 and $500, the average fees being around $350.
Several factors influence final pricing. Here are some of the general considerations:
- Cargo type and size
- Origin and Destination
These fees are often included in the transport invoice as a line item. Usually paid in cash, wire, or online transfer, fees usually go directly to the trucking company or carrier.
Example of Lumper Fee Payment
|Company Name||ABC Trucking LLC|
|Original Location||Paul's Poultry, 5678 Morgan Creek, Louisville, Kentucky|
|Delivery Location||Moe's Meat, 1234 East Channel Road, Bronx, New York|
What to Know About Lumper Fees
Fees get paid, usually in cash, by the truck drivers. The trucking company is responsible for reimbursing the driver. In turn, the company supposedly gets reimbursed by the end customer.
Lumping fees are not illegal, but they're seen as one of the trucking industry's biggest ripoffs.
The Motor Carrier Act covers the practice in section 15, chapter 40, paragraphs 141-03, explaining when lumping is legal or illegal. For instance, it's not illegal for a grocery chain to use lumpers. But it is illegal when the driver pays for the charge and does not get their money back.
Another serious lumping complication is retrieving the code needed to pay for the service. Often, deliveries take place in the early morning hours. That means there's usually no person of authority around who can manage the procedure in the middle of the night. This delay can lead to facilities refusing to release the paperwork or starting the unloading process.
Can You Avoid Lumper Fees?
Finding a way to stay away from lumper fees would be difficult. There is no reasonable way around them as the hauler really has no say in using lumpers.
Often, the service is a request by the receiving party. The driver or shipping company may not even be aware lumpers are waiting. And we can't ignore the advantages of the service. It saves time. If there are no lumpers, the driver is next in line to take responsibility for unloading.
There are issues of convenience and frustration regarding the fees. There are too many moving pieces affecting the operation that no single entity can control when it comes to the service.
How to Get Compensation for Lumping Fees on Your Own
Here are a few tips for managing lumper fees.
- You can contact the shippers or whoever it was that hired you for the haul.
- Make sure you keep copies of any receipts or paperwork that you submitted. That way, anytime you reach out, you can present evidence of your claim.
- Make any request by mail or email. That way, you have a paper trail.
- If you're part of a union, get in touch with your rep. Their job is to protect your interests and fight the kind of bureaucracy associated with lumping fees.
- Reach out to DoNotPay. We offer a recovery service designed to help truckers get their due compensation.
Next Steps for Recovering Lumper Fees if You Can’t Do It Yourself
As there are no general or structured guidelines for getting fee compensation, you're looking at a tough task.
Many drivers find themselves out of pocket on lumper fees.
It's an aggravating and unfair process, demonstrative of the worst kind of red tape. Lumpers do simplify the process. You lose time if you don't take advantage of them, despite the potential loss of fees. You miss out on an opportunity to relax before heading back to the road.
Worse case, you run the risk of losing that allegedly-reimbursable fee.
The best way to navigate the system without a lot of agitation on your end is with DoNotPay.
Here's how you use DoNotPay to appeal fees:
- Search "appeal fees" on DoNotPay, choose the Fight and Waive Fees product, and select the type of fee you want to appeal.
- Select the merchant you want to appeal fees for and enter the details of your transaction, including an associated account if you have one.
- Submit your case! DoNotPay will generate the best argument for your case and make sure your fee waiver request gets sent to the merchant for processing.
Why Use DoNotPay to Recover Lumper Fees
Our goal is to level the playing field. To give everyone a chance to defend themselves. Our system is
- Fast: You don't have to spend hours trying to solve the issue.
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