fuel surcharge

POLL: What mpg is your fuel surcharge based on?

With some carriers shifting upward the mpg their fuel-surcharge contracts are based on, what's behind your own calculations of surcharges, such as they exist?

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TONIGHT: How to manage your fuel costs

Overdrive columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford will cover key fuel management topics for owner-operators in a free evening webinar.

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What does your fuel surcharge look like?

A poll that asks for owner-operators' thoughts on the use of fuel surcharges as a cushioning agent against spikes in fuel prices sparked some discussion on Facebook last week. Owner-operators Linda Caffee, Jeff Clark and others were involved, Clark taking the point of view that fuel surcharges were merely a utility for negotiating long-term rates in contracts with shippers. The fuel surcharge "is a convenience, especially for longer-term contracts with regular customers," Clark wrote. "Otherwise every load ...

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Oil gamble on Wall Street? Speculation back in the headlines

President Obama is hammering on oil speculators again, while Republican opponents such as House Speaker John Boehner and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney are calling the talk about speculation hooey, falling back on the same old "drill, baby, drill"-type rhetoric we've heard so much of in recent past. Problem with the latter is, well, we are drilling. Domestic oil production is up. Problem with the former is the very White House task forces on the ...

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Fuel management: Optimization, taxes and surcharges

Overdrive columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford presents "Fuel management: Optimization, taxes and surcharges."

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Pay Choice

A percentage pay option can be a helpful tool in the right circumstances.

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Prime Inc. increases pay per mile to independent contractors

Independent contractors in reefer and flatbed segments will have minimum pay set at $1.02 per mile starting June 1, said John Hancock, Prime Inc.’s recruiting director. The increase is available to all new and existing operators. The Springfield, Mo.-based carrier pays its contractors 72 percent of revenue. “With our freight network, we’re confident of our ability to pay 72 percent and still go no lower than $1.02 per mile plus the fuel surcharge,” Hancock said. He ...

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Choosing a Carrier

When you consider moving to a new fleet, look beyond bonuses and other come-ons.

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Intermodal Muddle

New regs fall short of getting roadworthy chassis for container haulers.

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Buy Right

Slash your costs by knowing when and where to purchase fuel. And make sure you’re getting the most value from a fuel card and a fuel surcharge.

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