Diesel surcharge and other surcharges
In the transport sector there are several sur charges, such as diesel surcharge. The price of diesel fluctuates and we have no influence on these costs. Past years the price of diesel increased. Apart from a decrease in 2002, the costs for diesel reached a record height in 2008. In the start of 2004 many transport companies introduced the diesel surcharge (DOT) to be able to handle these increasing costs.
In many cases we have no other way than to charge this surcharge. To determine the percentage of surcharge we assume the average diesel price of 2003, being 0,794 per litre. The percentage is re-calculated each month on basis of the average diesel price of the month before. The diesel prices e use are based on the national recommended prices of BP, which are published daily by branch organisation Transport and Logistiek Nederland on http://www.tln.nl/. You can download a list of the percentage calculations as pdf-file. We try to quote our rates as much as possible all-in (including all sur charges). In case you apply for a quotation, the surcharge is mentioned, if applicable.
Our actual diesel surcharge for road transport: 16.5% (January 2019).
Within the ocean freight there is also a surcharge. When fuel costs are subject to high price fluctuations, the liners calculate a so called bunker surcharge, BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor) or BUC (Bunker Contribution), to compensate the risks of price fluctuations.
Besides the diesel surcharge there are other surcharges within the transport. Below you will find some frequent surcharges and their explanation.
After September 11, 2001, a worldwide safety program was issued on initiative of the United States. The goal: to counteract against terrorist activities within or through ports and airports. For this, several authorities invested to increase their safety measures. To earn back these investments they set several surcharges. For instance a surcharge per container (ISPS or International Ship & Portfacility Security) for ocean freight and the Security Surcharge for air freight.
Hazards surcharge and IMO surcharge
In case of hazardous goods the shipper (you) should provide a Hazardous Goods Declaration (DGD). Based on this data, the liner or airline will determine whether the goods can be accepted for transport. In case this data is not timely or incorrect submitted, they can refuse the cargo. Therefore very important to submit this timely and correct! Besides this, the liners, port or airport, can charge extra surcharges, depending on the UN classification of the hazardous goods. This has to do with the extra proceedings which are necessary for planning the goods for the terminal and on board of the ship, truck or air plane.
Terminal surcharges: Delta surcharge and Euromax surcharge
A huge area, the Rotterdam port. The harbour stretches from the city of Rotterdam to the end of the Maasvlakte. In the early ‘90’s the Delta Terminal arose on the Maasvlakte, and more recent the Euromax terminal at the Yangtze port. Because the container shipping rates are based on Rotterdam the Delta surcharge and Euromex surcharge were set. These cover the extra one-way transport distance.