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How To Avoid Carrier Adjustments and Extra Charges When Shipping
By Peter Parcell on October 29, 2014


Have you ever been charged extra for a shipment you already paid for? This can be the most frustrating and painful part of shipping, I know I’ve been there. 

Those nasty fees are called carrier adjustments, and you’ll get them when submitting shipment information that isn’t entirely accurate.  

I desperately want to help you avoid this. To save yourself from the surprise of additional charges and adjustments, there are a bunch of factors to consider before your package goes out the door.  I’ve narrowed it down to the 7 most important.

 1)  Accuracy

Accuracy is the most important thing to consider when shipping.  As a general rule of thumb, be accurate with all your information and calculations.  Avoid estimating dimensions or weight. Use a proper weigh scale and measuring tape, and always double check your calculations to be safe. 

2)  Dimensional Weight

If your package has a large size-to-weight ratio, you might be charged for dimensional weight instead of actual weight. Dimensional weight is a formula used to account for large packages that weigh less than their size would suggest. Check out our guide to understanding dimensional weight and determine if it applies to your package.

3)  Additional Handling 

You might be charged for additional handling for a number of reasons:

Using a shipping container other than an envelope or cardboard box — like a container made out of wood, metal, or plastic.  A long or tall package. A heavy package. Find out how and when your particular carrier charges for additional and special handling. 

4)  Residential Delivery

Delivering to a residential area is more expensive than delivering to a commercial area. Make sure to indicate Residential Address if your package is being delivered to a home or business in a residential area. Failing to do so will mean a carrier adjustment for the residential delivery fee after the fact.

5)  Incorrect Weight

The weight of your package must be correct.  Weigh your package on any standard scale and round up the measurement to the closest whole number. 

6)  Over Maximum Limits

Each carrier has specific weight and size limits for the packages that you send with them.  Determine if your package falls under or over their maximum limits, each carrier is different.

7) International Shipping

International shipping requires more paperwork than domestic shipping.  Ensure you have all the necessary paperwork and codes to avoid any hassles at customs.  

Tip: ShipTime allows you to process your international shipment and create all your documentation automatically, along with the shipping labels!

With all this info, you’ll be well on your way to saving good money.  Check out ShipTime and learn how you can save even more through the ShipTIme app!

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