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Diesel Floating (as of August 2020)

Costs for petrol and diesel are becoming more and more subject to immense variabilities and thus they constitute an incalculable cost factor. At Schenker Deutschland AG fuel costs continue to constitute about 12 percent of the total haulage costs for general cargo/network transports. The percentage for part and complete loads is significantly higher.

DB Schenker bases its calculations for this diesel component on the "index of the Federal Statistics Office for Diesel Prices passed on to Major Consumers." In the so-called "floating model" the diesel supplement rises or falls by 0.5 percent points if the index rises or falls by 4 per cent.

The floating model at Schenker Deutschland AG

Index     Variance     Diesel Valid from:
to BasisSurcharge
July 2020

June 2020

91.0

-9.7%

3.0%

01/08/2020

May 2020

87.1

-13.6%

2.5%

01/07/2020

April 2020

88.6

-12.1%

2.5%

01/06/2020

March 2020

94.7

-6.1%

3.5%

01/05/2020

February 2020

108.0

7.1%

4.5%

01/04/2020

January 2020

112.2

11.3%

5.0%

01/03/2020

December 2019

109.9

9.0%

5.0%

01/02/2020

November 2019

108.5

7.6%

4.5%

01/01/2020

October 2019

108.4

7.5%

4.5%

01/12/2019

September 2019

111.6

10.7%

5.0%

01/11/2019

August 2019

106.5

5.7%

4.5%

01/10/2019

July 2019

108.3

7.4%

4.5%

01/09/2019

June 2019

106.4

5.6%

4.5%

01/08/2019

May 2019

111.8

10.9%

5.0%

01/07/2019

April 2019

110.7

9.8%

5.0%

01/06/2019

March 2019

108.8

7.9%

4.5%

01/05/2019

February 2019

109.5

8.6%

5.0%

01/04/2019

January 2019

106.6

5.8%

4.5%

01/03/2019

December 2018

111.2

10.3%

5.0%

01/02/2019

November 2018

112.9

21.9%

6.5%

01/01/2019

October 2018

119.5

18.6%

6.0%

01/12/2018

September 2018

115.9

15.0%

5.5%

01/11/2018

August 2018

111.9

11.0%

5.0%

08/10/2018

July 2018

109.3

8.4%

5.0%

01/09/2018

June 2018

110.2

9.3%

5.0%

01/08/2018

May 2018

111.1

10.2%

5.0%

01/07/2018

April 2018

105.4

4.6%

4.5%

01/06/2018

March 2018

101.5

0.7%

4.0%

01/05/2018

February 2018

101.4

0.6%

4.0%

01/04/2018

January 2018

104.6

3.8%

4.0%

01/03/2018

December 2017

102.5

1.7%

4.0%

01/02/2018

November 2017

101.5

0.7%

4.0%

01/01/2018

October 2017

100.7

-0.1%

4.0%

01/12/2017

September 2017

99.0

-1.8%

4.0%

01/11/2017

August 2017

95.6

-5.2%

3.5%

01/10/2017

July 2017

94.9

-5.9%

3.5%

01/09/2017

June 2017

93.7

-7.0%

3.5%

01/08/2017

May 2017

97.2

-3.4%

4.0%

01/07/2017

April 2017

100.9

0.1%

4.0%

01/06/2017

March 2017

98.3

-2.5%

4.0%

01/05/2017

February 2017

101.9

1.1%

4.0%

01/04/2017

January 2017

101.3

0.5%

4.0%

01/03/2017


*Attention: Every 5 years, the Federal Statistical Office updates the assessment basis of the various price indices. As of October 2018, the following price indices were therefore the adjustment of the indices from the base year 2010 to the 2015 as the new base year. The adjustment has been made with the reporting month of August 2018 (publication on October 5, 2018). The calculation of the Floating Model at DB Schenker does not change, of course. The Floating model is still based on the respective valid index of the Federal Statistical Office.

In concrete terms this means:

A fall of the price index sees DB Schenker customers profiting automatically. In contrast, the diesel component increases when energy costs significantly rise. The diesel component is adjusted to the actual price situation every quarter. Applying the "floating model" has the great advantage of keeping the administrative effort down to a minimum.

Improvements in efficiency achieve a lot - but alone are not enough
An economic enterprise has no influence on the energy price. However, it can introduce measures to reduce consumption. In this regard Schenker Deutschland AG has been making a concerted effort for many years now:

  • Increased deployment of large-volume units
  • Driver training focusing on "economic driving"
  • Controlling transports via central hubs (avoidance of unladen journeys, better truck capacity utilization, optimization of routing procedures)

This and many additional efficiency-increasing measures have reduced energy consumption. Even so, they cannot completely compensate for the rise in diesel prices.