Contargo makes continual efforts to keep costs low by implementing a whole bundle of measures. One important aspect is the continuous optimisation of all processes, most importantly by the use of intelligent software systems. In this way it is possible to compensate to some extent the general cost drivers such as energy, wages and salaries, and generally rising prices. Contargo is also in competition with other service suppliers and always tries to lead the field, not only in the quality of its services but by its reasonable prices.
Many factors have an input into the price calculation for the transport of containers. Some factors, such as water levels and fuel prices, are beyond the influence of Contargo.
Every car driver is familiar with fluctuating prices of petrol. Inland barge operators are subject to the same kind of variations. To ensure that our price structuring stays fair, we pass on the current prices to the customer in the form of a fuel surcharge. If the price of gasoil is high, our customers bear the additional load via an increased fuel surcharge, and if gasoil prices go down, we pass on this benefit to our customers in the form of a lower fuel surcharge.
One institution that finds acceptance throughout the transport sector is the Centraal Bureau voor ee Rijn- en Binnenvaart (CBRB) in the Netherlands. The purchase price per 100 litres of gasoil regularly ascertained by the CBRB in a market survey forms the basis for all carriers’ calculations when determining fuel surcharges. The CBRB informs its members and subscribers daily about changes in the price of gasoil and issues a monthly overview and a monthly average value. The price ascertained by the CBRB is the basic index for price calculations.
The fuel consumption of barges used by Contargo lies between 150 up to 400 litres per operating hour. For the actual fuel consumption of an inland barge, however, various other factors come into play as well as the purchase price of gasoil:
In theory it would be possible to include all these factors individually in calculations for each transported container, but in practice this would overcomplicated and very time-consuming. Contargo has therefore decided to include the factors of
In the individual calculation of the fuel surcharge. The result is the "Bunker Adjustment Factor" (BAF) or bunker charge. The other relevant parameters form an input into the calculation of the price list.