Defense Department issues fuel surcharge rule

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The Defense Department has issued an interim rule inserting in its contracts with motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders that include a fuel-related adjustment a clause requiring that the adjustment be passed through to the person who bears the cost of the fuel to which the adjustment relates. The measure implements Sec. 884 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2009.

The interim rule is effective July 29, and the department is taking comments through Sept. 28. For a copy of the interim rule, click here.