The Alabama freight broker business has become an industry that’s increasingly competitive and profitable, thanks in part to the state’s high-tech infrastructure, according to an analysis of data by The Washington Post.
The state ranks third in the nation for the number of freight brokers, according the Post, but the state is also home to the largest number of shipping containers.
Alabama has also emerged as a major center for container shipping in recent years, with a number of container shipping companies based there.
In 2016, the container industry brought in $3.4 billion in revenue.
In 2017, that figure jumped to $3 billion.
As container shipping becomes more popular, the industry has become more expensive.
According to the Post’s analysis, the average freight broker charges $4.3 million for a one-year contract, and $2.9 million for one-month contracts.
But that’s just for the broker, not the container companies, and those figures do not take into account the fees the brokers charge the federal government, according with the Post.
A typical one-time contract costs about $200,000 to $300,000 in fees and other costs, according With the rise of container freight, the cost of the business has soared.
The Post calculated the average cost for a full-time Alabama freight trader, which is considered a broker, at $4,400 a year.
The figures were based on the cost per container to transport the goods.
It took the broker about four months to set up and operate in Alabama, according The Post.
With a recent increase in container freight shipments, that number is likely to continue to rise, and it will only increase further as containers continue to increase in size.
The numbers don’t take into consideration the fees brokers charge to the federal, state and local governments, according.
“If you have a container that’s going to go into your store, you need to be able to charge the government for a permit, but if you’re not able to do that, you’re going to have a problem,” said Jason Grosch, a freight broker with a Seattle-based firm.
“I don’t see how that’s fair to anybody.”
The Post’s report found that the cost to Alabama freight brokers of setting up their businesses has increased from $3,000 per year in 2017 to $5,000, according and a total of $6.7 million for the state since 2006.
The average broker charged $4 million for their first year of business, up from $2,400, the report said.
The report also found that while the total cost of operating a freight brokerage in Alabama increased between 2014 and 2017, the number that had the most trouble setting up and maintaining their business fell.
The number of brokerages with trouble setting them up went from 1,547 to 1,344, according, the Post reported.
The paper’s analysis found that a number that were the most profitable for the brokerage was a local freight broker, and that’s where Alabama’s high costs came from.
The data showed that the average broker in the state charged $6,636 for their one-and-a-half-year license, according; the state has also had a number in the $5 million to $7 million range.
“We have a number, probably higher than that, in the thousands of dollars, in terms of the fees that brokers are charging for these permits,” Grosen said.
“It’s not something that’s a concern for us at all, because we have an industry here that’s really healthy.”
The Washington-based container shipping industry employs more than 3,200 people in Alabama.
The federal government awarded the state $7.5 million in aid for container transportation, but that has not translated into the increased business.
The Washington Container Freight Association, which represents freight brokers and is based in Birmingham, said that while it has had issues with brokers, it believes that the increase in freight broker licenses and the increasing number of containers are the primary factors.
“As we’ve seen, freight brokers are becoming more competitive and more viable,” said Bob Hall, the association’s executive director.
“And, it’s a very safe and stable industry.”
Hall said that the organization is not opposed to more container containers in the future, but wants to make sure that the costs are covered by the freight broker and not the government.
“There are so many people who are really good at it, and there’s so many opportunities out there, that we need to make some changes,” he said.
According with the Washington Container Transportation Association, Alabama’s freight brokers have not been shy about expressing their concerns about the cost and quality of their business.
“Some brokers are concerned about the price tag and the quality of the products that they’re shipping,” said Groschen.
“But that’s what it’s all about, and we have to make it affordable for them.”
He said that if he were to