How to avoid unexpected freight shipping costs

Ever heard of the term freight accessorials? This is a common term used in the shipping
industry to mean extra services that come at an additional fee. In most cases, shippers
experience extra costs that can even put them off-plan when sending items outside of
Canada or within the borders. While some of these costs cannot be avoided, there are
many unexpected expenses that only occur due to poor preparation. Proper preparation of
shipments is key to avoid these unanticipated costs.
Freight accessorials are most common in LTL shipments. The services are given as an
add-on and they go into the shipper’s invoice. This additional fee is meant to compensate
for the extra work that has been provided by the carrier.
We’ll go over some of the reasons why you end up paying a lot more each time you ship
cargo in Toronto and beyond plus how you can avoid them.

• Re-weigh and re-measure
• Oversized freight
• Inside and residential delivery
• Appointment costs
• Truck ordered but not used.
• Liftgates
• Additional packaging

There are different ways you can avoid those unexpected accessorials.
Get the measurements right

First things first, most shippers end up paying extra in order to get the measurements of
their cargo. It’s highly recommended that you invest in a dimensionalizer which is a tool
designed to calculate the weight and dimensions of the freight. The dimensions of your
shipment should be under 12 feet in length. This ensures that your cargo is not denied by
the carrier and causes unnecessary delays.

An accurate bill of lading

An important document to have is the bill of lading which provides the carrier with all the
necessary details regarding your cargo. Shipments cannot be processed or invoiced by the
carrier without the bill of lading. The cargo’s delivery address, as well as the dimensions
and class, are all indicated in this document. Special instructions are also stated.

Ensure all documents are properly filled in

We’ve had incidences of shipments being delayed because some employees filled in the
wrong measurements or provided inaccurate data on the BOL. It’s really important to
educate all staff interacting with the shipment the importance of providing accurate
details. This is a worthwhile practice that will help eliminate many unnecessary expenses
and delays.

Freight accessorials are most common in LTL shipments. The services are given as an
add-on and they go into the shipper’s invoice. This additional fee is meant to compensate
for the extra work that has been provided by the carrier.

It’s important to partner with a freight service provider to help you avoid these
unnecessary charges. A reliable LTL freight company will do all it takes to protect their
client from these charges. From helping you comply with all freight regulations to
ensuring your cargo is delivered for free whenever necessary, you’ll save time and money
with a freight service provider by your side. At Amplify Logistics, we help businesses
and individuals by streamlining freight transportation.

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