Today’s Pickup: Diesel prices jump, led by 36-cent increase in California

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Good day,

The price of diesel fuel jumped last week, rising 6.3 cents per gallon to $2.882. The increase follows a rise in oil prices and a 20-cent jump in fuel taxes in California, that went into effect on Nov. 1.

The Department of Energy said a price of a gallon of diesel is now 41.2 cents higher than a year ago.

A barrel of oil is now trading above $57. In California, the price of diesel jumped from $3.185 for the week ending Oct. 30 to $3.541 for the week ending Nov. 6. That is 70 cents higher than a year ago.

All regions of the country saw increases last week, with the East Coast and Gulf Coast posting 3-cent increases to $2.848 and $2.668, respectively. The Midwest saw a 5 cent rise to $2.861 while the Rocky Mountain region posted a 2-cent increase to climb to $2.965. The West Coast, minus California, also saw a 5-cent increase.

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“Shippers are in a tough position right now. We have known for some time that the trucking industry has been operating with very little excess capacity. However, the weak pricing environment masked that phenomenon for the last year. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma exposed shippers to this new reality. There just wasn’t enough excess capacity to deal with spikes, and the result was a significant spot market pricing gain that persisted through early October.”

Jonathan Starks, FTR COO

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Final Thoughts

Last week, California levied new fuel taxes on gas and diesel. The state added a 12-cent increase in the gasoline tax and a 20-cent increase in diesel fuel taxes. What impact did it have on fuel prices? According to EIA, a gallon of gasoline in California climbed nearly 3 cents last week to $2.714. Diesel, though, saw a nearly 30-cent increase, from $3.185 for the week ending Oct. 30 to $3.541 for the week ending Nov. 6. Maybe there were other factors at play, but the optics of this looks bad for fuel retailers.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.

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