A lumper charge is the payment made for the services of a lumper, who assists a trucking business in loading and unloading freight. Frequently, food warehouses and supermarket distributors utilise lumpers.
The warehouse receives a percentage of the fee, but nothing if the truck driver unloads the product. Occasionally, the lumper works for a middleman rather than the warehouse. In one survey of drivers, sixty percent reported using lumpers, while thirty-six percent stated they would have preferred unloading their cargo alone rather than being compelled to utilise lumpers.