What are Fuel Surcharges and How Do They Work?

Fuel cost has been a big topic of discussion in the shipping industry this year. As many ecommerce brands know, fuel rates and fuel surcharges can be expensive and contribute to a large portion of your overall shipping costs.  

While fuel surcharges may not be completely avoidable, understanding how they work can help you navigate this potentially costly aspect of your transportation cost. Each carrier calculates fuel rates and fuel surcharges differently, so it’s a big factor when choosing a carrier and shipping service.  

Here is everything you need to know about fuel surcharges, how they work, and how to make sure you’re not paying more than you should.