Carload Rate Based Standard HDF Fuel Surcharge

Union Pacific's carload rate based standard HDF fuel surcharge program is based on the Department of Energy (DOE) On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price (US Average). Information about actual fuel surcharges applied and details about the program are included below.

This fuel surcharge program will apply as follows:

  • Fuel surcharge will be adjusted on a monthly basis.
  • The basis for the surcharge will be determined by the U.S. Average price of DOE On-Highway Diesel Fuel for a calendar month, as reported weekly on the U.S. Department of Energy website (
  • In the event the average monthly price of Retail On-Highway Diesel Fuel, equals or exceeds $1.35 per gallon, a surcharge beginning at 1.5% will apply.
  • For every five cent increase above $1.35 per gallon, the surcharge applied will increase by 0.5%. See the threshold schedule for more details.
  • When the average DOE price drops below $1.35 per gallon, no fuel surcharge will apply.
  • The surcharge will be billed to applicable shipments beginning the second month following the month on which the DOE average price calculation was based. (Example: the average reported DOE price for the month of February 2007 would determine the fuel surcharge applied throughout the month of April 2007.)
  • Fractions of dollars resulting from the application of a fuel surcharge will be dropped if less than fifty (50) cents and increased to the next whole dollar if fifty (50) cents or more.

This surcharge became effective with shipments billed on or after June 1, 2003. The fuel surcharge will be applied to the line haul freight charge(s) that make reference to this fuel cost recovery program.

This program does not affect UP's existing Intermodal surcharge program.

The DOE price is reported weekly on the U.S. Department of Energy Website.

Fuel Surcharge Rate

Month AppliedSurcharge
Basis monthHDF Avg.
monthly price
Aug 201612.0%Jun 2016$2.423
Jul 201611.0%May 2016$2.315
Jun 20169.5%Apr 2016$2.152
May 20168.5%Mar 2016$2.090
Apr 20167.5%Feb 2016$1.998
Mar 20169.0%Jan 2016$2.143
Feb 201611.0%Dec 2015$2.309
Jan 201612.5%Nov 2015$2.467
Dec 201513.0%Oct 2015$2.519
Nov 201513.0%Sep 2015$2.505
Oct 201513.5%Aug 2015$2.595
Sep 201515.5%July 2015$2.788
Aug 201516.5%June 2015$2.873
Jul 201516.5%May 2015$2.888
Jun 201515.5%Apr 2015$2.782
May 2015 16.5% Mar 2015 $2.897 
Apr 201516.5%Feb 2015$2.858
Mar 201517.5%Jan 2015$2.997
Feb 201522.0%Dec 2014$3.411
Jan 201524.0%Nov 2014$3.647