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Tariff 9700 - Mileage based Fuel Cost Adjustment program

​​​​​Tariff 9700 - Mileage based Fuel Cost Adjustment program​ ​

Tariff 9700 Program schedule: 2013 to current​ ​

Tariff 9700 Program schedule: 2009 to 2012​​ ​ ​

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FAQs about this tariff

What's changed?

Fuel Cost Adjustment (FCA) programs will now have two application periods each month, apply a 15 day average fuel index price and provide 20 days lead time of the FCA change.

  • Application Period 1: 1st through the 15th of the month
  • Application Period 2: 16th through month end
  • The FCA calculation is derived based on the 15 day average fuel index price versus the current monthly average price
  • Lead time for a FCA change for the new twice-monthly program is 20 days versus the 30 days previously provided for the monthly program

When is this change effective?

The tariff amendments are effective January 1st, 2009.

Why the increased frequency of application?

The change is designed to improve the responsiveness of the FCA program to changes in fuel price by reducing the time delay between when CP incurs a change in fuel expense and when that cost is reflected in our FCA program.

When fuel prices rise rapidly, a monthly FCA program does not keep pace in offsetting the higher fuel expense.  Conversely when fuel prices decline the FCA program lags behind the fuel price change. This short-term lag can adversely impact both the rail carrier and the shipper.

Why use a 15 day average fuel index price versus a monthly average prices?

The use of a 15 day average fuel index price is consistent with the Application Period, which is 15 days in length on average.  Calculating the average fuel index price based on 15 days prior to the 20 days preceding the application date more closely aligns FCA to fuel price changes.

Why are we not providing customers with 30 days lead time for a change in FCA?  Isn't this a regulatory requirement?

CP is providing more than the required advance notification for the tariff amendments. 

Once the amendments are in effect the tariff itself remains unchanged, only the product of the formula changes.  Providing 20 days lead time is consistent with the objective to make the program more responsive for CP and the customer.  The lead time change is compliant with both STB regulations and the Canada Transportation Act.

Which Fuel Cost Adjustment tariffs are being affected?

All standard Fuel Cost Adjustment tariffs, including Tariff 9000, 9600 and 9700, will be amended.

Which price authorities are affected?

Effective January 1st, 2009, all price authorities that reference a CP standard Fuel Cost Adjustment tariff will be subject to these amendments.