Diesel prices fall for sixth straight week, reports EIA

The average price per gallon of diesel dropped 1 cent to $3.843 per gallon, which is the lowest price since hitting $3.844 the week of November 25, 2013.

By ·

Diesel prices saw a decline for the sixth straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The average price per gallon of diesel dropped 1 cent to $3.843 per gallon, which is the lowest price since hitting $3.844 the week of November 25, 2013.

In the previous five weeks, diesel saw declines of 0.5 cents, 1.1 cents, 2.5 cents, 1.9 cents, and 0.7 cents, respectively, for a cumulative 7.7 cent decline.

Since the week of March 10, which saw prices at $4.021 per gallon, weekly diesel average prices have fallen in 18 of the subsequent 22 weeks, and diesel has fallen 17.8 cents since March 10.

On an annual basis, the current average price of diesel is down 5.3 cents. On a year-to-date basis going back to January 6, the average price has dipped 6.7 cents.

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.


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
Revisiting Supplier Relationship Management to Boost Real Value in the Supply Chain
Supplier relationship management (SRM) initiatives are on the rise, and companies who successfully implement these programs can realize a significant return on their technology investments.
Download Today!
From the May 2017 Issue
Everyone is talking about terms like digitization, Industry 4.0 and digital supply chain management, but what sort of technologies fall under these broad terms, and how will they change the management capabilities at our disposal? To find out, we talked to some noted supply chain analysts, consultants and technology executives and gathered six digital trends to watch.
Transportation Trends and Best Practices: The Battle for the Last Mile
2017 Technology Roundtable: Are we closer to “Intelligent” Logistics?
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Going Beyond Rate Negotiations for Logistics Cost Savings
The pressure to reduce cost is a fundamental part of every organization today leaving many supply chain professionals constantly renegotiating rates. This webcast examines four areas that may hold untapped savings potentials and even help organizations negotiate better rates.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
The Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain
Everyone is talking about terms like digitization, Industry 4.0 and digital supply chain management,...
2017 Salary Survey: Fresh Voices Express Optimism
Our “33rd Annual Salary Survey” reflects more diversity entering the logistics management...

LM Exclusive: Major Modes Join E-commerce Mix
While last mile carriers receive much of the attention, the traditional modal heavyweights are in...
ASEAN Logistics: Building Collectively
While most of the world withdraws inward, Southeast Asia is practicing effective cooperation between...