What is Fuel Adjustment Factor (FAF)?
The Fuel Adjustment Factor or FAF is a surcharge added to your transport rates to cover the cost of fuel. You will find that most established transport companies will provide the FAF surcharge as an additional cost to your agreed rates. This can have many advantages to your business.
Working out the FAF surcharge
Fuel is a dynamically priced commodity forcing the FAF surcharge to change constantly. A FAF calculation table is commonly used to determine the FAF surcharge. The applicable fuel adjustment is based on the average pump price which is calculated from an independent source. The pump price is based on data collated from fuel purchases made every 24 hours, ensuring the Fuel Adjustment Factor is up to date and correct.
Keeping FAF Seperate
The cost of fuel is a major variable cost in transport but you don’t want to be renegotiating your rates every time fuel prices change. There are benefits in keeping your transport rates and the FAF as separate charges:
- Transport rates with longer validity
- To account for any dramatic changes in the FAF, transport rates including FAF will have a shorter validity date
- FAF built into rates can be higher to account for fluctuation
- Benefiting from falling fuel prices
- These two factors can have a positive effect on you annual freight bill
McLeod and FAF
McLeod have three elements of our business directly affected by fuel prices. Mobile Cranes, Truck Transport and Hiab Transport. A FAF Surcharge is the easiest method of applying a fair charge to our transport assets. For McLeod these are:
McLeod calculates FAF by using the average pump price which we calculate from the web site www.pricewatch.co.nz.