Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fuel surcharges impacted by government shutdown

Fuel surcharges impacted by government shutdown

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division within the Department of Energy, typically publishes the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update each Monday. Freightquote, as well as many other businesses in the transportation industry, uses this report to index fuel surcharges for freight shipments.

A spokesperson for the EIA has announced that as of October 11, 2013, the department will have to furlough its employees due to the partial government shutdown. During the furlough, the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update will not be published. For the remainder of the government shutdown, Freightquote will base all fuel surcharges on the last published data from the EIA, from October 7, 2013.

Freightquote customers can expect to see the fuel surcharge included in their shipment summary like normal. When government officials negotiate an end to the shutdown and the EIA is publishing the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update again, Freightquote anticipates returning to our weekly adjustments of fuel surcharges based on this report.

We appreciate your business and if you have any questions about how this change impacts your shipments or how we can be of service to you, please call 800-323-5441.

Update 10/21/2013: The government shutdown has ended at the EIA has announced it will resume publishing the weekly Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update. Freightquote will resume adjusting fuel surcharges based on this index. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Freight Broker at 800.323.5441.