A "near-shoring" ripple effect for freight?

Kilcarr, Sean
May 2013
Fleet Owner Blog;5/28/2013, p3
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The article focuses on the near-shoring trend in U.S. manufacturing. PLG Consulting president Taylor Robinson explained that the big driver for near-shoring is the cheaper energy in the form of natural gas. Robinson said that direct materials typically account for 60-70 percent of manufacturing costs of goods sold for U.S. manufacturers. The author says that many of the end products that are produced using chemicals that contain natural gas as a base feedstock are consumer non-durables.


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