Economical, Environmental and Efficient … what more could you want??

Sometimes we stumble upon things in life where we think “Why didn’t I do this sooner??” And in many cases, we should have done it sooner … IF we had known about it. Basin Commerce is here to make sure bulk freight shippers and carriers know about the benefits of using the inland waterway system much sooner.

Moving bulk freight movements from the roadways and railways to the waterways is economically friendly, environmentally friendly, and, just for the sake of sticking with the rhythm, efficiently friendly.

Economically friendly. Railway shippers have seen an increase of 121% in the rate premium since 2013 according to Escalation Consultants. And the dollars spent on that premium is astounding … more than $18 billion in 2013. Truckers have also seen an increase in rates and regulations. According to, truck companies were paying approximately $60,000 for a new truck just ten years ago whereas now, they are paying around $100,000 for a new truck. Those costs eventually trickle down to the shipper which increases the price of the move.

Environmentally friendly. We all want to do our part by taking care of the earth as best as we can. Shippers can take advantage of that by using barges. Barges have the smallest carbon footprint versus rail and truck. Rail generates 30% more carbon dioxide than a barge tow and trucks produce 1,000% more emissions than barge tows. By using the waterways and placing more bulk freight shipments on barges, shippers can feel good about making less of an impact of on the environment.

Efficiently friendly. So I know that’s not really a thing to say it that way but when you can be more efficient with your moves, you’re going to be more friendly! Being able to go to one central place for all of your shipment needs makes moving your bulk freight extremely efficient. In this case that central place is Basin Commerce. Shippers can log into their account on, input the details of their move, hit save and then Basin Commerce does the rest, leaving shippers to focus their attention to other parts of their day.

If there are things out there that are more economically, environmentally, and efficiently friendly, for all parties involved, it makes sense to use them. And it makes sense for bulk freight shippers to use the inland waterway system for their shipping needs.