No one likes to be surprised by extra fees, but when it comes to shipping, there are many situations where additional charges may apply. At GLT Logistics, we think it’s vital that you understand these accessorial fees before you schedule a shipment, whether it’s an LTL or full truckload, so there aren’t any surprises when you open your invoice.Some of the most common fees associated with full truckload and less than truckload shipping include:
- Attempted pick up fee: This occurs when the carrier shows up to collect a shipment, but nothing is given to them.
- Redelivery Charge: This charge covers the driver in cases where they have to go back to the drop off location because delivery wasn’t completed the first time.
- Reweigh Fee: This fee is applied to your invoice when the freight is inspected.
- Extra Charges for higher weight or different classification: You’ll incur this charge if the inspector finds that the weight or classification is different from what was originally stated.
- Accessorial Fees: If additional services are needed to complete your shipment, certain fees can be added after the fact. These include Lift-gate, Appointment, Residential, and other delivery fees for your LTL or full truckload
Most of these extra charges result from a lack of information and preparation. To avoid these fees, set everything up before the LTL or full truckload pickup is scheduled.
Need a little more guidance? Here are some steps you can take to make sure your full truckload and less than truckload shipping goes smoothly and doesn’t exceed the estimated rate you were given:
- Confirm that the freight is ready for pickup.
- Make sure your shipper has a BOL (Bill of Lading) with the correct information.
- Pay attention to the shipment details, and make sure you provide all the information about your transportation needs.
- Don’t estimate the weight. Freight is often re-weighed by the carriers, and there is a chance they will discover your cargo is heavier than originally stated. If this happens, it may lead to additional charges for the extra weight.
- Don’t guess the class of your shipment. Make sure you have the correct information because carriers can and will inspect your freight to determine if it’s in the proper class. If it isn’t, you may incur extra charges.
When it comes to full truckload and less than truckload shipping, GLT Logistics is here for you. We want you to fully understand the additional fees you can incur and how to avoid them. If you follow the steps listed above, you should be able to prepare your shipment and avoid extra charges.
Still have questions? Our team of live, friendly experts is always available to address your concerns and provide the answers you need. Contact us today and discover how easy shipping can be when you GO GLT!