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What To Look For When Conducting an Invoice Audit

Shipping expenses can make or break your business

Over time, basic rate increases and surcharges can add up. That’s why it’s so important to audit your shipping invoices. They are a valuable resource that can help reveal your true shipping costs which can include unexpected fees that can drive costs higher.

When it comes to shipping costs, knowledge is power

Key invoice areas to evaluate:

Surcharges.

As mentioned above, unmonitored surcharges can account for a large percentage of your shipping costs. When you know what you’re paying for, you have options. You can shop around and choose alternate carriers that may not charge extra for comparable services.

“…understanding your shipping expenses in the short term can pay off significantly in the long run.”

Common ancillary surcharges include:

  • Residential delivery
  • Delivery area surcharges (DAS), Extended DAS
  • Fuel (ground and air)
  • Large packages
  • Saturday delivery
  • Return fees (print and electronic return labels, pickup attempts)
  • Package pickup and intercept
  • Confirmation of delivery

Address correction charges.

Many businesses don’t realize that they can be charged extra for a typo in the street name; a missing apartment number; or even a wrong digit in the ZIP Code™.

Dimensional (DIM) Weight occurrences.

When the DIM weight is larger than the actual weight, you may be paying extra for non-existent weight. It pays to compare how shipping carriers apply DIM weight, so you don’t pay more than you need to.

Investing the time to understand your shipping expenses in the short term can pay off significantly in the long run.

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