WASHINGTON — Trucking companies will have to wait until Friday, Feb. 12, for the weekly average on-highway diesel prices that are used to establish fuel surcharge rates because the federal government remains shut down in the aftermath of the snow storm last Friday and Saturday.
The Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy issues the average prices each Monday unless Monday falls on a federal holiday, which it will next week at the nation celebrates Presidents Day.
It was not known at mid-morning today whether federal offices here would reopen Wednesday.
For the week ending Feb. 1, the national average price was $2.781, down 5.2 cents from the previous week.
Another decline this week was possible and an increase unlikely since the price of crude oil has dropped slightly during the past two weeks.
Since the week ending Jan. 11, when the average price was $2.987, diesel prices have declined 20.6 cents.
Crude was trading above $82 a barrel on Jan. 11.
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