Inbound and outbound fuel surcharges are a set of indices broken down by commodity, as well as a sum of all the commodities which show the fuel surcharge a rail line charges for a specific train type and grain type. The fuel surcharges are for specific routes, or origin destination pairs, as well as markets.
Rail Economists, Railroad operations, Shippers, Supply Chain Analysts
The indices show the fuel surcharge charged to shippers in U.S. dollars per carload. They are broken down by grain type; corn, soybeans and wheat; by train type; shuttle train or unit train; and by rail carrier; CSX, BNSF, UP, and CN. Following this along with diesel rack prices can allow for a shipper to better plan for the costs of a load. The fuel surcharge is dependent on diesel prices and distance traveled, so should the rack price and fuel surcharge diverge, shippers should take notice. The surcharges are shown for markets and lanes.