Diesel prices fall for the second straight week, EIA reports
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The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline declined for the second straight week, falling 1.9 cents to $3.894 per gallon, according to data issued by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
This follows a 0.7 decrease last week, which was preceded by two weeks of gains for a cumulative 3.8 cent gain. Diesel is up 2.7 cents annually and is down 1.6 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.
The average price per barrel of oil dropped to $100.20 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. An Associated Press report noted that prices dropped over the last week, due to concerns over supply disruptions from Iraq eased and on the prospect of more supplies from Libya.
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.
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