Diesel heads down for first time in three weeks, EIA reports

Following two weeks of increases during which it saw a cumulative 3.8 cent increase, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the average price per gallon of diesel dropped 0.7 cents to $3.913 per gallon.

By ·

Following two weeks of increases during which it saw a cumulative 3.8 cent increase, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the average price per gallon of diesel dropped 0.7 cents to $3.913 per gallon.

This decrease follows 3.7 cents and 0.1 cents declines over the previous two weeks and was preceded by a cumulative 9.3 cent decline over seven weeks.

Diesel is up 8.5 cents annually and is up 0.3 cents year-to-date going back to January 6.

In its recently-issued Short Term Energy Outlook, the EIA pegged the average price for diesel prices in 2014 at $3.90 and $3.78 in 2015, with crude oil at $98.67 per barrel in 2014 and $90.92 in 2015.

As LM has reported, with prices continuing to hover around the $4 per gallon mark adjusting budgets is only part of the solution when it comes to dealing—and living—with fuel price fluctuation, according to shippers.

In some cases they look for hedge diesel prices when it is applicable, shippers have told LM. This involves committing to a certain price on fuel at which pay to a certain rate at which point it is frozen at that rate for the shipper. And it also requires shippers to be focused on keeping their drivers on the road as much they can and being profitable and
not in detention.

Other steps being taken by shippers to combat high fuel prices include things like focusing more on utilization and efficiency by doing things like driving empty miles out of transportation networks.

A shipper told LM that if prices going forward were to head up that carriers will do all they can to pass any excess cost back to the shipper, with smaller carriers likely to feel the pain associated with the fuel increase and are demanding more for their services.

“When it becomes time to negotiate rates, carriers will be talking a lot about the cost of fuel and using it as a leverage point for general rate and line haul increases,” the shipper said.  “Shippers must be acutely aware of what percentage of their invoice cost is actual fuel surcharge.”


Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Diesel Prices · EIA · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Running Your Supply Chain with Greater Efficiency
Is your company’s supply chain piled high with more products, suppliers, and trading partners than you can keep track of efficiently?
Download Today!
From the January 2017 Issue
Following LM tradition, we start off the New Year with our annual “Rate Outlook” cover story and subsequent Webcast
Moore on Pricing: The other TMS functional options
2017 Rate Outlook: Where are freight transportation rates headed?
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2017 Rate Outlook: Where are freight transportation rates headed?
Join our panel of top oil and transportation analysts for an exclusive look at where rates are headed and the issues driving those rate increases over the coming year.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2017 Rate Outlook: Will the pieces fall into place?
Trade and transport analysts see a turnaround in last year’s negative market outlook, but as...
Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...

Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...
Motor Carrier Regulations Update: Caught in a Trap
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits....