Diesel surcharge.

Various surcharges are imposed in the transport sector, including the diesel surcharge. The price of diesel changes regularly and is a cost element in transport that cannot be influenced. The price of diesel has developed considerably in recent years. Apart from a slight decrease in 2002, the price of diesel rose to a record high in 2008. In early 2004, many transport companies introduced a diesel oil surcharge (DOT) to reflect these rising costs.

What are the surcharges?

Diesel surcharge

In many cases, MOL Logistics cannot avoid calculating this surcharge either. To determine the surcharge percentage, we assume the average price of diesel in 2003, namely 0.794 per litre. We recalculate the percentage for each month based on the average diesel price of the previous month.

In addition to the diesel surcharge, other surcharges also apply in transport. Below you will find some common surcharges and their explanations.

Bunker surcharge

A diesel surcharge also applies within sea freight. When fuel prices are subject to large price fluctuations, shipping companies charge a so-called bunker surcharge, BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor) or BUC (Bunker Contribution), to compensate for the risks of price fluctuations.

Security surcharge

After 11 September 2001, a global security programme was launched on the initiative of the United States. The aim: to combat terrorist activities within or via ports and airports. To this end, various authorities have invested to increase their security measures. In order to recoup these investments, various supplements have been introduced. This includes a per container surcharge (ISPS or International Ship & Port Facility Security) for ocean freight and the security surcharge for air freight.


Hazard surcharge and IMO surcharge

For dangerous goods, the shipper (you) must submit a dangerous goods declaration (DGD). Based on this information, the shipping company or airline determines whether the goods can be accepted for transport. If this information is not submitted on time or is submitted incorrectly, they may even refuse to ship it. It is therefore important to provide this completely and correctly! Furthermore, depending on the dangerous goods classified by the United Nations, the shipping company, port or airport may charge additional surcharges. This has to do with the additional measures required for the planning of the goods at the terminal and on board the ship, truck or aircraft.

Terminal surcharges: Delta surcharge and Euromax surcharge

A huge area, the port of Rotterdam. The port stretches from the city of Rotterdam to the tip of the Maasvlakte. The Delta terminal was built on the Maasvlakte in the early nineties, and more recently the Euromax terminal at the Yangtzehaven. As container transport prices are based on the city of Rotterdam, the Delta surcharge and the Euromax surcharge were created. These cover the additional transport distance per trip.

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