Lumpers

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Tim's Comment
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Good day all, can you explain to me lumpers? I understand they offload the trailers & such but do all trucking companies use them & when do you use lumpers with live unloads & getting loaded?? Thank you very much

Chris M's Comment
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The lumper service is a company contracted out by the receiver. You have the option of unloading the truck yourself or hiring a lumper. The fee is based on how much work has to be done to unload/breakdown the load. As far as I know most companies reimburse you for the lumper fee or pay you to hand unload.

With my company (central/swift) I find out the fee, lumper company name and tax ID. I send this info in a canned message (mac40) and the company gives me an advance on my comdata card and a PO number for the advance. I write out a comcheck for the lumper and then write the PO number on the receipt and when I scan my paperwork in they reimburse me the money.

Tim's Comment
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The lumper service is a company contracted out by the receiver. You have the option of unloading the truck yourself or hiring a lumper. The fee is based on how much work has to be done to unload/breakdown the load. As far as I know most companies reimburse you for the lumper fee or pay you to hand unload.

With my company (central/swift) I find out the fee, lumper company name and tax ID. I send this info in a canned message (mac40) and the company gives me an advance on my comdata card and a PO number for the advance. I write out a comcheck for the lumper and then write the PO number on the receipt and when I scan my paperwork in they reimburse me the money.

Thank you very much Chris M, ok so I understand it that if your feeling tired you hire these lumpers you pay them a check, if your feeling not so tired & want to unload it yourself the company gives you money for offloading the trailer. So when you say " I write out a comcheck for the lumper and then write the PO number on the receipt and when I scan my paperwork in they reimburse me the money" your giving the lumper your own money? Thanks

Chris M's Comment
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Well the company issues an advance to your personal comdata card. So that money is coming out of your check. But when you scan the receipt in showing what the money was used for then a reimbursement shows up on your check for it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Companies would much rather hire a lumper than have the driver do it. They need you to be driving the truck so they can make a profit and pay for all the expenses of the truck you're driving. In their eyes, the risk of you getting injured is far too high.

Tim's Comment
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Well the company issues an advance to your personal comdata card. So that money is coming out of your check. But when you scan the receipt in showing what the money was used for then a reimbursement shows up on your check for it.

How often do truckers use lumpers on average?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tim's Comment
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Thank you guys for responding!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Well the company issues an advance to your personal comdata card. So that money is coming out of your check. But when you scan the receipt in showing what the money was used for then a reimbursement shows up on your check for it.

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How often do truckers use lumpers on average?

There is no average. They use them when it's needed.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris M's Comment
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Lumpers are more common on temp controlled loads and also more common at larger warehouses.

There's been periods of time where I've hired a lumper at 3 different deliveries in a week and times where I've gone 2 weeks without hiring a lumper. I probably average 1 per week.

Make sure you keep the receipts up. I've had fees ranging from $50 to $350. Those fees can add up quick if your company processes them the same way.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tim's Comment
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Thanks guys for helping me out.

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