Almost all air freight companies charge various taxes, fees and surcharges. These charges vary from one agency to another. So you should be careful when selecting a company to transport your goods or services from the place where they are to your place of destination. Here are some tips to help you avoid paying excessive air freight charges. Every time you will purchase a package, read the fine print, check with the specific airline charges, costs and other shipping options available, compare costs, etc. It will help you determine the amount of money that you need to spend on your shipping.
For example, the freight carriers can and do offer unlimited mileage service for an additional fee. That extra mileage may be what ultimately costs you money when your package is overage or even lost in transit.
Freight carriers have their own fees for handling luggage and other baggage. Most places offer free pickup and delivery. Some shipping carriers offer free delivery to cities in which they do business.
Make sure that you have at least three different air freight agencies to choose from. You also want to research their credentials and determine if they have a great track record. Also, you want to make sure they can give you a quote of competitive rates and that they can meet your shipping needs.
Keep track of what each air freight company offers, so you know exactly what you are paying for. Many times the air freight agency requires you to sign a release form giving them the right to send your package to your destination. Read through this form to make sure it does not contain a hidden clause that could limit your rights as a consumer.
The freight carrier may require a minimum charge to handle the goods. A minimum charge might be the difference between a competitive freight rate and the actual freight rate. Sometimes the minimum charge may be charged per piece or per case, but you have to check to make sure.
Many companies that provide courier services may not allow you to change a shipping address while you are on the way to your destination, or within a week of delivery. To determine if this rule applies to you, ask to see the contract between the freight carrier and the freight agency. Many times the freight carrier will not honor this rule.
Know that you have the right to cancel your order at any time before it leaves the hands of the freight carrier. This is an important right, because it allows you to review the status of your order and decide whether it is something you really want to go ahead with. If you find a cheaper rate, you may want to keep your original order.
Make sure that you research the freight agency's reputation. Read reviews and check them out online, as well as read their literature.
Look at reviews of similar clients, as well as evaluating the customer service that the freight agency provides. If you don't get a lot of answers when you call, it may be a good idea to move on to another agency. This company may not be as friendly and they may not provide you with accurate information.
There are many aspects of the freight agency that can affect your pricing. You want to research each area thoroughly. If you have a certain niche, then consider all the other things that can affect your prices.