What Are Transportation Accessorial Fees?
Accessorial Fees Cover When You Do Other Services Than Driving
Though this might be surprising to some, carriers are often called upon to perform services other than just driving. Drivers may have to load or unload trailers, wrap pallets, or make additional stops. Such services are not added into the per-mile rate charged. It would be impossible to charge the fees as part of the per-mile rate and remain fair to all customers, because all services cost different amounts of time to perform and are worth different amounts of money. The only fair way to charge a customer would be a la carte, or per service.
The fuel peg is the price on which contract pricing is based. Carriers may obtain fuel cost information from the Department of Energy's website. A surcharge is charged according to the current price of fuel. For instance, on the carrier's pricing table, the surcharge might be $0.05 if the current rate of fuel is between $3.509 and $3.559. This prevents the carrier from having to forecast fuel prices to stay in profit.