Many shipping and delivery companies and freight carriers include a fuel cost surcharge in their rates and invoices to cover the cost of diesel fuel.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects and publishes weekly retail diesel fuel price data. Many shippers and truckers use that weekly retail price information in their fuel pricing formulas. However, EIA does not calculate, assess, or regulate diesel fuel surcharges. EIA cannot tell transportation companies and freight carriers how to calculate a fuel surcharge.
Every company has its own method for calculating fuel surcharges. Many major transportation companies have information about how they calculate surcharges on their websites. EIA does not endorse or recommend any method for calculating fuel surcharges.
Stay up-to-date on weekly retail on-highway diesel fuel prices.
Last reviewed: December 13, 2021