The basic shipping rates for transporting your container are determined by weight. This means that there is a base rate for every 100 pounds of cargo. For example, a shipment that weighs 123 pounds will be rounded up and charged at 200 pounds. Some carriers have a minimum fee of 200 pounds per shipment. Transportation rates are made up of a base rate, determined by the weight of the load, the handling required, and a number of other factors.
Additional fees are also taken into account, including driver arrest, tolls, and equipment costs. While it's not possible to completely eliminate transportation fees, there are ways to reduce them. Transportation is the transportation of a full container by truck. If you ship Ocean FCL (full container cargo), the base transport rate includes the collection of the container at the port and its delivery to its next destination (either your warehouse or an intermediate warehouse for transshipment). Transport companies, known as padded vans, usually charge a flat rate and do not charge waiting times for direct transport shipments, as air transport companies do.
There's no way to completely eliminate transportation charges, but there are things you can do to avoid certain fees or reduce the amount you owe. If Flexport handles road transport for your shipment (to origin or destination), you will be charged a 26% collection fee or a base transportation fee. For example, if your cargo truck arrives with six boxes, three pallets, and a special item, you're likely to see individual charges for each of them. However, if the carrier is delayed longer than the allotted time, you will be charged a retention fee. Union or non-union influences, the schedules of the shows, which general manager is in charge, whether the general manager provides the services directly or subsidizes the service to a local company, and the location of the event are taken into account in the transportation fare of a particular show.
Transportation consumption (alternative minimum transport) Like a fixed charge for transportation, this option connects the speed of transport to the amount of cabin space you request, a simple transport rate for each 10×10 cabin space, for example. However, if your carrier has a minimum of 2 CWT, then instead of charging 1 CWT for each piece, it will actually be rounded up to 2 CWT. The cost of transportation is decided in advance by the organizers of the fair (commonly known as the Association) in a negotiation process with the general contractor (GC) so that the costs of the fair are paid with the transport fees that are charged to exhibitors. Some of these charges are known, which means that the carrier details their additional rates and charges for expenses such as fuel, retention times, tolls, etc. Depending on the carrier, you may be charged a higher rate for the entire shipment if you keep all types of cargo together. Because of the large volume discounts they receive, their rates are usually cheaper than the additional costs of special handling transport charged by the GC.
If you're not careful about how you package your items and display them at a fair where a minimum quantity per item is charged, transportation fees can add up quickly. Specialty carriers who stack cargo, wrap blankets, or mix loads will be charged a higher rate because these shipments require additional labor, time, and equipment. Carriers such as UPS and FedEx require special attention, as they won't wait and you'll generally be charged a special handling fee for using these types of carriers. As soon as you receive it, review each line of your transportation bill to see if there are any charges you don't understand or recognize.