When calculating the transportation cost, we provide our clients with a breakdown of all the standard transportation costs that are incurred in 100% of cases.
Additional costs may arise from time to time due to circumstances beyond the control of forwarders. As such, it is incorrect to include them in advance in the cost of transportation. Instead, we inform our clients of any additional costs after they occur.
The most common types of additional expenses include:
- Costs that were not agreed upon in advance on the import side. In some cases, the sender, terminal, or line may impose additional costs on the foreign part of the route that were not previously discussed. These costs are pre-agreed with the client, who decides which party will pay them.
- Terminal costs in the port for carrying out procedures prescribed by the customs authorities, such as IDK, customs inspection, weighing the container, and radiation control.
- Storage at the port terminal. Due to various circumstances, a container may stay in the port for a long time until it is shipped to the railway. The port provides free time for storing the container, but if this time is up, then a demurrage fee is charged for each additional day of downtime.
- Storage at the arrival station. If the container arrives at the client's destination station but is not taken out for some reason, expenses are charged for its storage.
- Excessive use of the container. Container equipment belongs to the owner, often the line that carries out the sea part of the transportation. The line provides time for the use of the container after it is unloaded at the port of destination and until the container is returned back to the owner’s warehouse. If the forwarder fails to return the container to the owner within the agreed-upon time, then the line exposes charges for excess use.
- Idle time of a container during unloading. A normalized time is provided for unloading a container, and if it is exceeded, additional costs are charged.
Almost all additional costs are billed upon occurrence and are not included in the cost of transportation in advance.
Your personal manager can provide you with information about the cost of additional expenses