What is a Booking Fee?

Common Freight Costs & Charges


Who Charges the Booking Fee: Forwarder

Charge At: Origin/Destination

Booking Fee Description: This is an administration fee from the forwarder at origin.

AKA Documentation Fee at Origin, or House Documentation Fee.

When applied at destination, it is called a Documentation Fee at Destination or Arrival Agent Fee.

Booking Fee Tips: This is a classic fee where forwarders are making their profit. The amount of leeway you have to challenge depends on the amount of volume you bring to the forwarder, or your bargaining power. That leverage may be the potential volume of business that you could bring, or that you forwarder believes that you could bring.


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