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Diesel Surcharge/Floating

Diesel Floating (as of July 25th, 2017)

Costs for petrol and diesel are becoming more and more subject to immense variabilities and thus they constitute an incalculable cost factor – and this has caused unavoidable consequences on the transport sector.

At Schenker Deutschland AG fuel costs continue to constitute about 12 percent of the total haulage costs for general cargo/network transports. The percentage for part and complete loads is significantly higher.

For the first time Schenker Deutschland AG therefore implemented a variable method for the quotation of a separate fuel surcharge - the floating model.

DB Schenker bases its calculations for this diesel component on the "index of the Federal Statistics Office for Diesel Prices passed on to Major Consumers." In the so-called "floating model" the diesel supplement rises or falls by 0.5 percent points if the index rises or falls by 4 per cent.

The floating model at Schenker Deutschland AG

to basis
Diesel SurchargeValid from:
July 201709/01/2017
June 201788.1-6.9%3.5%08/01/2017
May 201791.4-3.4%4.0%07/01/2017
April 201794.90.3%4.0%06/01/2017
March 201792.4-2.3%4.0%05/01/2017
February 201795.71.2%4.0%04/01/2017
January 201795.20.6%4.0%03/01/2017
December 201695.30.7%4.0%02/01/2017
November 201688.8-6.1%3.5%01/01/2017
October 201692.2-2.5%4.0%12/01/2016
September 201686.1-9.0%3.0%11/01/2016
August 201686.9-8.1%3.0%10/01/2016
July 201685.9-9.2%3.0%09/01/2016
June 201688.1-6.9%3.5%08/01/2016
May 201687.8-7.19%3.5%07/01/2016
April 201683.3-11.95%3.0%06/01/2016
March 201682.2-13.1%2.5%05/01/2016
February 201678.7-16.8%2.0%04/01/2016
January 201677.8-17.8%2.0%03/01/2016
December 201582.1-13.2%2.5%02/01/2016
November 201591.2-3.6%4.0%01/01/2016
October 201589.8-5.1%3.5%12/01/2015
September 201590.7-4.1%3.5%11/01/2015
August 201592.1-2.6%4.0%10/01/2015
July 201596.4+1.9%4.0%09/01/2015
June 201598.9+4.5%4.5%08/01/2015
May 2015100.7+6.4%4.5%07/01/2015
April 201599.8+5.5%4.5%06/01/2015
March 201597.3+2.9%4.0%05/01/2015
February 201598.9+4.5%4.5%04/01/2015
January 201589.9-5.1%3.5%03/01/2015
December 201495.1+0.5%4.0%02/01/2015
November 2014104.4+10.4%5.0%01/01/2015
Oktober 2014106.1+12.2%5.5%12/01/2014
September 2014110.4+16.7%6.0%11/01/2014
August 2014110.9+17.2%6.0%10/01/2014
July 2014111.0+17.3%6.0%09/01/2014
June 2014113.2+19.7%6.0%08/01/2014
May 2014112.4+18.8%6.0%07/01/2014
April 2014112.6+19.0%6.0%06/01/2014
March 2014110.8+17.1%6.0%05/01/2014
February 2014113.1+19.6%6.0%04/01/2014
January 2014111.5+17.9%6.0%03/01/2014
December 2013113.5+19.9%6.0%02/01/2014
November 2013113.6+20.1%6.5%01/01/2014
October 2013115.4+22.0%6.5%12/01/2013
September 2013117.8+24.5%7.0%11/01/2013
August 2013116.5+23.2%6.5%10/04/2013*
July 2013116.3+22.9%6.5%09/01/2013
June 2013114.1+20.6%6.5%08/01/2013
May 2013113.8+20.3%6.5% 07/01/2013
April 2013113.0+19.5%6.0%06/01/2013
March 2013117.3+24.0%7.0%05/01/2013
February 2013120.8+27.7%7.0%04/01/2013
January 2013118.1+24.8%7.0%03/01/2013
December 2012117.5+24.2%7.0%02/01/2013
November 2012121.6+28.5%7.5%01/01/2013
October 2012125.4+32.6%8.0%12/01/2012
September 2012124.0+31.1%7.5%11/01/2012
4. quarter 2005
(Oct - Dec)                      

For more information please regard the attached data file "History of diesel adjustments".

*Attention: The Federal Statistical Office adapts the assessment basis of the price indexes every five years. In October 2013 the assessment basis year was changed from 2005 to 2010. The general calculation of the

DB SCHENKER Diesel Floating Model was not affected hereby. The model is based upon the current index of the Federal Statistical Office respectively - now with basis year 2010. For reasons of transparency and integrity of information we provide an overview and the development of the index and diesel surcharge with basis year 2005 on the page History (accessible through ''Related topic'').

In concrete terms this means:
A fall of the price index sees DB Schenker customers profiting automatically. In contrast, the diesel component increases when energy costs significantly rise. The diesel component is adjusted to the actual price situation every quarter. Applying the "floating model" has the great advantage of keeping the administrative effort down to a minimum.

Enlarge imageDieselzuschlag Floating Diagramm, Schenker Deutschland AG

Improvements in efficiency achieve a lot - but alone are not enough
An economic enterprise has no influence on the energy price. However, it can introduce measures to reduce consumption. In this regard
Schenker Deutschland AG has been making a concerted effort for many years now:

  • Increased deployment of large-volume units
  • Driver training focusing on "economic driving"
  • Controlling transports via central hubs (avoidance of unladen journeys, better truck capacity utilization, optimization of routing procedures)

This and many additional efficiency-increasing measures have reduced energy consumption. Even so, they cannot completely compensate for the rise in diesel prices.


Entwicklung der Dieselpreise (Basisjahr 2010)

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History of diesel adjustments

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Last modified: 25.07.2017


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