Speedy Air Cargo: What Affects the Costs of Importing/Exporting?

What are all the steps and associated costs that go into importing or exporting an item? You can see all the things that can happen from the shipper to the delivery point in the steps below. To do business with a conscientious, professional shipper, give Speedy Air Cargo a call.


Importing/Exporting Chart


Step 1

  • Materials, labor and overhead
  • Custom packaging
  • Inspection fees
  • Licensing fees
  • Royalties


Step 2

  • Buying agent’s commissions
  • Trader’s markups


Step 3

  • Bank charges and commissions
  • Overseas agent’s commissions
  • Freight forwarder’s charges
  • Documentation charges
  • Insurance premiums
  • Export licence fees
  • Certification fees
  • Consular fees
  • Advertising


Step 4

  • Road freight (cartage, drayage) and/or rail freight
  • Routing costs (canal and inland waterway links)
  • Uninsured damages
  • Theft and pilferage
  • Handling charges
  • Demurrage


Step 5

  • Brokerage fees
  • Export levies


Step 6

  • Insurance premiums
  • Air freight


Step 7

  • Theft and pilferage
  • Overtime charges
  • Handling charges
  • Warehousing
  • Loading fees
  • Demurrage
  • Wharfage


Step 8

  • Insurance premiums
  • Ocean freight
  • Lighterage


Step 9

  • Uninsured damages (e.g., war and acts of God)
  • Pilferage


Step 10

• Lighterage


Step 11

  • Theft and pilferage
  • Quarantine charges
  • Overtime charges
  • Handling charges
  • Unloading fees
  • Warehousing
  • Demurrage
  • Wharfage


Step 12

  • Import duties and taxes
  • Bank charges and commissions
  • Import licence fees
  • Brokerage fees


Step 13

  • Road freight (cartage, drayage) and/or rail freight
  • Routing costs (canal and inland waterway links)
  • Theft and pilferage
  • Uninsured damages
  • Handling charges
  • Demurrage


Step 14

  • Warehousing
  • Interest charges
  • Advertising
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