What are Accessorial Charges?

Learn about accessorial charges and how to budget for and avoid these oft unexpected shipping fees.

Managing your small package shipping means planning for variables that you know will affect cost, such as weight, zone, and service level. But did you know that your shipments are also subject to accessorial charges – additional charges for services not included in standard shipping prices?

Accessorial fees are charged by carriers for services that go beyond the normal pick-up and delivery requirements agreed upon at the time of purchase. These a la carte fees are typically added to your shipping bill after the shipment has been completed, making it difficult to predict the full cost of a shipment.

Understanding and planning for some of the most common accessorial fees can help you obtain more accurate quotes and help you avoid billing surprises after you ship.

Below are some of the extra services that often lead to accessorial charges:

  • Residential Delivery: Shipments made to a home or private residence or to a business operating out of a home.
  • Unplanned Pickup Locations: Additional charges added for not having a dropbox or designated drop-off location.
  • Area Surcharges: Additional charges are applied to packages shipped to less accessible ZIP codes within the contiguous United States.
  • Address Corrections: If a package is delivered to an incorrect address, an address correction fee will be applied.
  • Oversized or Non-standard Dimensions: Additional charges added if the size or dimensions of your package exceed certain limits.
  • Additional Handling: Additional charges for any packagee that requires special handling (i.e., items that are not fully encased in a corrugated cardboard shipping container).

Download our free eGuide to get detailed explanations about each of these accessorial categories.

Schedule a free shipping assessment now to talk with a shipping expert about reducing accessorial charges on your shipments.

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