It’s that simple.
It took a lot of heavy-duty thought and time to come up with this complex formula.
But it takes very little effort to explain it. It has a nice ring to it. People like it. It is very Fair.
And we don’t jack up our base prices to cover fuel costs.
We hope this makes it much easier for you to predict your highway fuel surcharge costs.
Because we know, and the carriers know, well in advance of booking trans-border shipments, that there is an international border between Canada and the United States, and that certain procedures have to be followed to cross that border, particularly with freight. The delays and processing costs are just part of doing business and, like all other business costs, there are ways to control and reduce the costs, and to streamline the crossing process.
We all know in advance of a trip that the truck will encounter delays and processing costs for multiple reasons other than crossing the border, such as purchasing fuel for the truck and food for the driver. But there is no special fee charged for those. There is not even a special fee charged for highway tolls, even though those are route-specific and almost always avoidable. So why charge for crossing the border?
In fact, as with fuel, carriers don’t charge brokers for crossing the border, they only charge their customers.
So if it is not a cost we have to pay, why should we charge it to our customers? That is fair pricing at work.