Energy surcharge (since 01.01.2023)

Month Surcharge
January 23
February 23 2.50%
March 23 2.50%
April 23 Likely published at end of February 2023

The energy surcharge is our response to short-term fluctuations in energy costs that are outside of our control. The percentage-based addition to the shipment price is derived from the current energy mix for an average shipment and takes into consideration the weighted change rates of the following three indices:

• Diesel: Producer price index for diesel for major consumers (GP19 20 26 005 2) p. 64

• Gas: Producer price index for natural gas for industry (GP09-3522 22) p. 219

• Electricity: Producer price index for electricity for customers with special agreements (GP09-3511 14/15) p. 215

Please note that we pass these increases on to you only if the weighted change rate is 20% or higher. Surcharges will be updated no more than once per month. The threshold value and the latest surcharges can be found in the tables below.

The calculation of the surcharge is based on the average index for 2021.  

Image Enery Mix


Please also note that the energy mix and thus the weightings of the indices are updated annually on April 1 of each year. For years now, we have taken a range of steps to reduce the carbon emissions we generate. Today, for example, we now use over 20,000 electric vehicles in our delivery operations. We also intend to gradually reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in the coming years. More information about our path to zero emissions in Germany can be found here.

Owing to the publication schedule of the index and our desire to inform you as soon as possible about the amount of the surcharge, the energy surcharge of the current month is based in each case on energy prices from three months ago.

Only for illustration purposes, you will find an example of an energy surcharge calculation for the month of March 2023:

Index Base year index (2021) Current index (December 22) Change Weighting
Diesel 118.9 161.8 +36% 86%
Natural gas 102.0 246.8 +142% 2%
Electricity 149.6 293.5 +96% 12%
Weighted index change 122.2 179.3 +47% 100%
Weighted index change versus fixed reference period Surcharge (%)
<20%  0%
+20-39%  1.25%
+40%-59% 2.50%
+60%-79% 3.75%
Each additional 20% +1.25%
→ For the month of March the energy surcharge is thus  2.5%  

The surcharge is added as a percentage to the base price for your shipment and commercially rounded to whole cents. 

Example: The price for your parcel is EUR 5.00. The energy surcharge is 2.5%. The total price including the energy surcharge is then EUR 5.13.