Road Transport surcharges and fees

As a trustworthy partner, we give our clients transparency in the total costs of their shipments by explaining the structure of our surcharges

Surcharges and fees to and from Denmark

See the surcharges and fees for transport to and from Denmark here. If you need to know the charges for other countries, please contact your local Blue Water office.


Applicable for export/import road transportation involving Denmark and below mentioned countries.

Rates are adjusted monthly based on the average exchange rate of the previous month.


January 2022

Sweden: 1.80%
Norway: 3.40%
Switzerland: 6.70%
United Kingdom: 1.00%

December 2021

Sweden: 0.20%
Norway: 2.60%
Switzerland: 6.00%
United Kingdom: 1.10%

CAF = Currency Adjustment Factor

Fuel Surcharges

January 2022

Denmark domestic: 22.70%
UK & Ireland: 53.80%
Finland: 53.90%
Rest of Europe: 52.30%

December 2021

Denmark domestic: 23.50%
UK & Ireland: 56.70%
Finland: 56.80%
Rest of Europe: 55.20%

* Surcharges may vary as shipping line fuel charge is included in the total calculation.

Blue Water in Denmark has introduced a variable fuel surcharge for European road transport to and from Denmark.
Please be aware that the diesel surcharge will be adjusted if Blue Water's expense and pricing structure changes.

Temporary capacity fee 

The significant capacity challenge - which have been impacting the overseas markets and carried heavy freight rises – has also hit Europe and thereby the road traffic. On all our European markets we experience an increased pressure to procure trucks, drivers and trailers. And thereby, transports are in general becoming more costly.

At Blue Water, we can determine that the quantities continue to increase, and the European capacity remains unchanged. It is no longer possible to absorb the increasing costs while continuing to maintain same level of service and quality.

For this reason, Blue Water introduces a temporary capacity fee which will be removed once the situation is back to normal.


Capacity fee (Road congestion)

Spain, Portugal, France, the UK, Ireland, Czech Republic and Poland


Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Cross Trade


Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland


Italy, Finland and rest of Europe


Temporary Brexit fee

Due to delays on customs clearance from British side and strict corona restrictions, we are introducing a temporary Brexit fee of 9.7 % per shipment to continuously sustain our transport lines to and from the UK. This fee covers all shipments to and from the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland. When the situation is back to normal, we will remove the fee again.

EU Road Tax adjustment

Effective from 01.01.2020

The EU Road Tax comprises all charges paid for Maut, road tax and toll in the European countries.

The individual countries currently make minor and major adjustments of these charges which contribute to upgrading the road network.

Last time we changed our prices was on 1 January 2019 in connection with Germany’s heavy increase of its Maut tariff.

This time there will be few and minor adjustments:

  • Denmark is, together with Holland and Luxembourg among others, a member of the Eurovignette cooperation. In 2019 the price increased from € 8 per day to € 12 per day
  • Austria has increased the rates by 5-6 percent as from 1 January and has introduced an additional increase (20.3%) on the important transit distance to Italy

The consequence of these adjustments means that the EU Road Tax will increase by 2-3 percent for the Benelux countries, Austria and Italy.

If you have any questions to this subject, your Blue Water contact will be pleased to help.

EU Road Tax 2020 (UK)

SECA fee

Sulphur Emission Fee

New sulphur rules are imposed on shipping lines as per 1 Januar 2015 in order to reduce sulphur emission by 2016 in the Sulphur Emission Area (SECA) of the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel.

Subsequently, shipping lines are enforcing an extra fee, which we regret having to charge our customers for shipments after 1 Jan 2015. All fees are calculated after payable weight.

Introduction of SECA surcharge on the Irish Sea
As from 1 January 2020, vessels navigating the Irish Sea are under an obligation to use fuel with lower sulphur content, resulting in less pollution.

This will entail necessary investments/expenses for the shipping lines involved.

Therefore, a Low Sulphur Surcharge will be imposed on navigation and consequently also on sea freight on the Irish Sea as of 1 january 2020.

November/December 2021

SECA December 2021 (EUR)

SECA January 2022 (EUR)

Surcharges for Winter Road Service in Norway

From 1 November 2021 to 1 May 2022

Minimum: DKK 18 (per shipment)
500-999 kg: DKK 38
1,000-2,499 kg: DKK 65
2,500-4,999 kg: DKK 92
5,000-9,999 kg: DKK 101
10,000-14,999 kg: DKK 104
15,000-19,999 kg: DKK 138
20,000-21,999 kg: DKK 147
22,000-FTL: DKK 170 (max)