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Common Freight Charges

Feeling overwhelmed by all the different freight fees, charges, & surcharges? We break it down in this comprehensive guide to freight charges – and offer tips on how to save.

Dylan Sommer

Freight Charges and Freight Fees: Tips and Advice On Common Freight Shipping Costs, Charges, and 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 in need of a quick and straightforward freight rate estimate, we’ve got you covered with our user-friendly and free freight rate calculator. Additionally, if you’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the industry and its terminology, be sure to explore our comprehensive freight glossary, where you’ll find clear explanations for common freight terms. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the world of shipping, our tools and resources are here to assist you in navigating the complexities of the freight industry.

Common Freight Costs and Freight Charges

Before Main Transit

Some of these charges may also apply after Main Transit.

Main Transit


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