Q. Fuel Surcharges in the Motor Carrier Industry


The federal government does not calculate or regulate fuel surcharges for the motor carrier industry. They are primarily a commercial matter, to be worked out by the companies involved. However, many companies use the Energy Information Administration’s retail diesel price data to calculate their fuel surcharges.

You can access Energy Retail On-Highway Diesel Prices from the EIA at http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/info/wohdp/diesel.asp

For more information from the EIA on diesel prices, see http://www.eia.doe.gov/bookshelf/brochures/diesel/index.html

You can find information on how to calculate and implement a fuel surcharge on the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association web site:


(Note: The above private-sector site is not maintained by US DOT or any other US Government office. We take no responsibility for the content or accuracy of any non-US DOT web page, and offer the above link strictly as a courtesy, should you be interested.)

  • Last Updated Dec 14, 2016
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  • Answered By David Martin

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