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Fuel, sulphur and currency surcharge

PostNord is applying the conditions for fuel, sulphur and currency surcharge, which may be found in the General Terms and Conditions (PAKN) in PostNord's customer agreement. See specific conditions for Fuel surcharge, Sulphur surcharge and Currency surcharge below. A different type of surcharge is applied to certain services, see Groupage within Europe and Part loads.

Fuel surcharge

The fuel surcharge is calculated as a percentage of the freight costs, excluding any additional services, for:

  • Parcels, pallets and general cargo within Sweden and to Norway, Finland and Denmark.
  • InNight, both domestic and international.

The surcharge for couriers applies to surface transport. The relevant services and countries are shown in the table in the pdf below on this page. The surcharge is shown separately on the invoice. 

The percentage charge will be fixed every month using calculations based on the transport cost index (TKI) provided by Sveriges Åkeriföretag.

Sulphur surcharge

The new Sulphur Directive*, which came into force on 1 January 2015, regulates the highest permitted sulphur content in maritime fuel. The directive means that from the start of the year the sulphur content in maritime fuel used by shipping companies must be dramatically reduced from the current level of 1.0% to 0.1%.
This is why PostNord has started adding an extra surcharge applicable to certain countries for the InNight service effective from 1 January 2015. PostNord starts adding an extra surcharge to additional services and countries with effect from February 1, 2015.
The sulphur surcharge is calculated as a percentage of the freight costs, excluding any additional services. The relevant services and countries are shown in the table in the pdf below. The surcharge is shown separately on the invoice.

Currency surcharge

As of May 2nd, 2019, PostNord will apply the currency surcharge.

The currency surcharge is calculated as a percentage on the freight cost excluding any additional services, for:

  • Parcels, pallets, groupage and InNight.

The relevant services and countries are shown in the table in the pdf below on this page. The surcharge is shown separately on the invoice.

The surcharge percentage is determined each month based on calculations based on the Swedish krona (SEK) development relative to other currencies. Current exchange rates are provided by Sveriges Riksbank.

Fuel, sulphur and currency surcharge, February 2024 (pdf)
Fuel, sulphur and currency surcharge, January 2024 (pdf)
Fuel, sulphur and currency surcharge, December 2023 (pdf)

Mobility package surcharge, February 2024 (pdf)
Mobility package surcharge, January 2024 (pdf)
Mobility package surcharge, December 2023 (pdf)

Information regarding the current level of surcharges is updated at the end of each month and is presented on the Price lists for service agreement customers page.

Groupage within Europe and Part loads

To the service Road transportation within Europe, an additional weighted key ratio is applied for currency surcharge, fuel surcharge and bunker surcharge including sulphur surcharge, calculated as a percentage of the freight costs excluding any other charges. The key ratio is abbreviated to VDBS. Statoil is used as the basis for the fuel surcharge calculation. From April 1 2022, a new additional weighted key ratio will be applied for VDBS HVO. The surcharge is shown separately on the invoice.

Se also surcharges for road taxes.

Current VDBS surcharge

VDBS 2015

Implementation of the key ratio applies to existing customers with effect from 1 February 2015 to 31 December 2019.

Country February (SEK) in % February (EUR) in %
Germany 43.78 29.05
Netherlands 44.67 27.49
Belgium 45.0 27.83
Luxembourgh 45.0 27.83
France 46.67 29.5
Spain 48.68 31.5
Portugal 48.68 31.5
UK 25.78 32.56
Ireland 28.53 40.8
Austria 46.34 29.16
Switzerland 46.01 28.83
Italy 46.34 29.16
Poland 42.11 27.38
Latvia 42.11 27.38
Estonia 41.44 26.71
Lithuania 43.11 28.39
Others 45.11 30.39
Norway 11.35 11.35
Denmark 23.72 23.72
Finland 29.12 40.12

VDBS 2020

Implementation of the key ratio applies to new customers with effect from 1 January 2020.

Country February (SEK) in % February (EUR) in %
Germany 14.13 9.93
Netherlands 14.34 9.44
Belgium 14.48 9.58
Luxembourgh 14.48 9.58
France 15.17 10.27
Spain 16.0 11.1
Portugal 16.0 11.1
UK 12.51 16.51
Ireland 12.26 15.75
Austria 15.03 10.14
Switzerland 14.89 10.0
Italy 15.03 10.14
Poland 13.44 9.24
Latvia 13.44 9.24
Estonia 13.16 8.96
Lithuania 13.85 9.66
Others 14.68 10.49
Norway 4.87 4.87
Denmark 8.94 8.94
Finland 9.05 10.4

VDBS HVO

Implementation of the key ratio applies to new customers who have transports with HVO.

Country February (SEK) in % February (EUR) in %
Germany 17.62 13.42
Netherlands 17.68 12.78
Belgium 17.97 13.07
Luxembourgh 17.97 13.07
France 19.42 14.52
Spain 21.16 16.26
Portugal 21.16 16.26
UK 16.75 20.75
Ireland 16.5 20.0
Austria 19.13 14.23
Switzerland 18.84 13.94
Italy 19.13 14.23
Poland 16.17 11.97
Latvia 16.17 11.97
Estonia 15.59 11.39
Lithuania 17.04 12.84
Others 18.78 14.58
Norway 9.12 9.12
Denmark 13.18 13.18
Finland 13.29 14.65