Thanks to this article, you'll learn how to avoid extra costs applied by carriers to your contracts and the contracts provided by isendu
Carriers apply surcharges to your invoice if the package shipped does not meet the criterialaid out in their shipping policies.
However, you can take a number of actions to avoid having to pay unwanted surchargeswhen it comes time to pay the bill.
At one point or anther, anyone who owns an e-commerce has received an unexpected or unwanted additional shipping expense on the invoice.
Extra costs are an unpleasant and sometimes unavoidable aspect of shipping, but by carefully studying each carrier's shipping conditions, you can learn how to prevent them in most cases.
Each carrier will establish their own conditions that allow them to charge a surcharge on each shipment, but some of the most common surcharges include:
- Errors in declaring the weight and/or dimensions of a package
- It does not fall within the minimum or maximum dimensions
- The shape of the package cannot be processed automatically (such as tubes, L-shaped boxes, boxed glued together, etc.)
- The package has a "fragile" or "breakable" sticker on it to imply extra caution or handling is required
- The delivery address is incorrect or incomplete
The package goes into storage then must be released
The address is in a non-residential, remote or rural area
The label is illegible or needs to be relabelled due to incorrect address or data
Delivery times fall within the peak season (Christmas period)
The package is returned to the sender due to inability to delivery
Now let's explore a few strategies to try to avoid having extra costs and surcharges added to the invoice.
Tip 1: Make sure to weigh and measure each package correctly
Errors in the size or weight of a package constitute the most common reason for extra costs.
It's always recommended to carefully weight your packages and round up to avoid incurring re-weighing.
Tip 2: Pack the product properly
Tip 3: Address and position the label correctly
Tip 4: Select the correct shipping method
You may receive a surcharge for using the wrong shipping method to deliver your package.
Tip 5: Surcharges for return to sender
Tip 6: Use isendu's pricing calculator to determine the best shipping method
Tip 7: Review each carrier's shipping rules to avoid volumetric weight surcharges.