Freight Charges

Freight Charges & Freight Fees: Tips & Advice On Common Freight Shipping Costs, Charges & Fees


According to Freightos research, there’s an average of over 20 freight fees and surcharges in every international freight quote. But what do all those initials mean anyway?

Do you really understand the freight charges and fees on your freight quote and your freight forwarder’s invoice? We’ve listed 28 different freight fees and surcharges, by who generally charges the fee, what stage of the shipment it relates to, a short description of what you’re actually paying and tips relating to different surcharges.

If you’re just looking for a simple freight rate estimation, just check out our free freight rate calculator.

Check out our freight glossary for explanations on common freight terms.


Breakdown of Common Freight Costs & Freight Charges


Before Main Transit

Some of these charges may also apply after Main Transit.

Cargo Insurance | Customs BondBooking FeeISF Filing | Container Fumigation Fee Pickup FeeCustoms Duty (at Origin) | Terminal Handling Charges | Security SurchargeCongestion SurchargeConsolidation Fee


Main Transit

Ocean Freight/Air Freight ChargeWar Risk Surcharge | Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) | Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) | Panama Transit Fee | Peak Season Surcharge



Customs Clearance Fee | Customs Duty (Destination) | Customs Fines And Penalties | Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) | Harbor Maintenance Fees (HMF) | PierPass Charge | Alameda Corridor Surcharge (ACS) | Demurrage and Detention / Warehouse Fees | Telex Release/EDI Fee | Delivery | Chassis Usage Fee | Container Cleaning Fee