WASHINGTON -- Higher-than-anticipated fuel prices have helped boost transportation costs for consumer packaged goods manufacturers by 23% to an average of $1.69 per mile during the past three years, according to a new survey from the Grocery Manufacturers Association here. The GMA 2005 Logistics Survey determined that transportation now accounts for 62% of all logistics costs. It also found that changes to federal hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers have caused overall shipping ...

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