Application and Strategy in Futures Markets for Shippers

How Shippers Can Benefit from Trucking Freight Futures


Straightforward and naturally more direct, Shippers are the market participant with the most tangible benefit to be seen in Freight Futures.


Transportation expenses are estimated at 5-14% of the cost of goods sold. A Shipper with higher transportation costs will have a product with a higher sticker price, which translates directly into lower profits. Limiting risk exposure to increasing price pressures by hedging with futures gives the Shipper protection from possible losses and decreased profitability. This provides greater transparency and accuracy in forward looking expense estimates, and gives the Shipper who hedges a leg up on the competition.


Obviously, futures trading is a complex undertaking, however, taken at face value and even at its most elementary application, costs for a Shipper are stabilized and fixed for the duration of the hedge. Whether buying 5,000 bushels of Soft Red Winter Wheat at the CBOT, 1,000 barrels of West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil at the NYMEX, or 1,000 miles of LAX-DAL Dry Van at the Nodal Exchange, the price paid for that good or service is fixed, known, and secured.


Operational expenses are offset with symmetrical gains or losses in the futures market, reducing volatility and uncertainty from a company’s bottom line. A Shipper long the appropriate contracts can properly budget their future business knowing their freight costs are determined and stable.


Nodal Exchange will list seven of the most highly trafficked lanes, as well as three regional averages and one national aggregate. K-Ratio can assist Shippers in identifying and applying precise correlational strategies between each company’s specific shipment lanes and the exchange traded products, ensuring accurate risk mitigation methods that reduce the volatility associated with freight costs.

K-Ratio_Horizontal Logo_White.png

Address: 4809 N Ravenswood | Chicago, Illinois 60640
Phone Number: 312.736.2600

Copyright ©  K-Ratio

Information included in this website, including research reports or explanatory/background studies or papers, as well as RSS content feeds, is provided for informational purposes only and has been obtained from sources K-Ratio Advisory, LLC (K-Ratio) believes are reliable; however, K-Ratio makes no representation or warranty regarding the accuracy or reliability of such information or the suitability or appropriateness of such information for any person.The risk of loss in trading or hedging through commodity futures or options can be substantial. You should therefore carefully consider whether such trading or hedging is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. The high degree of leverage that is often obtainable in commodity futures or options can work against you as well as for you. The use of leverage can lead to large losses as well as gains.Managed futures or options should only be considered after careful review of all material factors, including but not limited to disclosures regarding risks, fees and charges and liquidity. Managed futures or options accounts are subject to charges for management and advisory fees. It may be necessary for such accounts to produce substantial trading profits to avoid depletion or exhaustion of assets.This brief statement cannot identify all of the risks and other material aspects of the futures markets. Neither CFTC nor NFA has passed upon the merits of participating in any program offered by K-Ratio or on the adequacy or accuracy of information contained in this website.PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THE POTENTIAL FOR PROFIT IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE RISK OF LOSS.