Metrans introduces fuel surcharge for transport within port terminals

Visualisation of Vectron loc Metrans

Metrans has introduced another fuel surcharge from 1 April for freight transport within the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. However, instead of surcharging rail services, it surcharges truck movements. The measure is implemented for transport between different terminals in the port areas. The company’s approach is quite interesting since it does not directly apply surcharges on rail freight services. 

The truck fuel surcharge varies between 5 and 24 euros depending on the destination and is added to the usual price charged for transport. For most terminals in Rotterdam, Metrans implements a surcharge of 13 euros, on top of the regular price of 160 euros. The surcharge for transportation in the port of Antwerp is between 21 and 24 euros.

Surcharging in steps

Metrans was one of the first companies to express concern about the rising traction prices in early January 2022. Back then, it mentioned that the pricing calculations for 2022 in Hungary could not meet the increased electricity prices, highlighting that surcharges would be implemented for rail freight transport accordingly.

The next step was introducing fuel surcharges for terminal operations in CTS Salzburg and DIT Duisburg and first\last mile deliveries of international services on 21 March. Now it is time for trucking within ports to experience a price increase. Nevertheless, in contrast to Lineas, Metrans has not yet implemented fuel surcharges for international rail freight traffic.

More similar measures to come

Metrans says they will keep an eye on the market situation and adjust the surcharge per month if necessary. Petr Lanka, commercial director at Metrans, said they expect that more carriers will have to implement such a surcharge in the future.

The company says it has so far introduced a surcharge based on the requirements of the freight carriers they work with for freight transport to and from rail terminals, while it will keep an eye on the market situation and check whether it is necessary also to introduce a surcharge for the diesel required for train transport.

This article was originally published in our sister publication NT.nl.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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