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Why Shipping is So Expensive Now: A Breakdown of Shipping Costs

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In simpler terms, every step of the fulfillment process costs money—from labor costs and fuel charges to transportation and delivery fees.

If you looked at shipping costs recently, chances are you’re shocked by how it’s risen exponentially since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020 and how it continues to do so. A large part of it boils down to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its heavy impact on global supply chains. This is reflected in the spike in shipping prices, which are estimated to remain at a high until 2023.

As a small business or e-commerce business owner, it’s especially important to understand how shipping works, and start reconsidering your order fulfillment strategies to find lower-cost alternatives until prices return to normal ranges.

What is included in shipping costs?

Shipping costs ‘cover materials, manpower and many different supply chain activities that transport inventory to the end customer,’ while also consisting of taxes from the country the shipment originates from and the country where it’s shipped to, and all other documentation fees.

Image: General Percentage Breakdown of Shipping Cost

In simpler terms, every step of the fulfillment process costs money—from labor costs and fuel charges to transportation and delivery fees. Of course, the parcel’s weight, dimensions, value, and shipping destination are also factored into the final shipping price.

The Incoterms (a.k.a. International Commercial Terms)

Incoterms—the abbreviation of International Commercial Terms—are globally recognized shipping terms, and basically indicate three things:

    1. The party that arranges for transportation and the carrier.
    2. The party that pays for transport.
    3. The place and time in which ownership of goods are transferred from seller to buyer.

Image: 5 Most Commonly Used Incoterms

The most common incoterms you should know are:

    • EXW (Ex Works)
    • DDP (Delivered Duty Paid)
    • FOB (Free on Board)
    • CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight)
    • FAS (Free Alongside Ship)

The spike in shipping prices during COVID-19

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While shipping rates steadily increase over time due to inflation and increased labor and material costs, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the supply chain in multiple ways and thus caused shipping costs to rise exponentially.

For example, the global lockdown in response to COVID-19 led to a shipping container shortage for China, one of the main countries for manufacturing goods, thus leading to a massive price surcharge for a spot in an available container due to the increased market demand.

Outside the context of the pandemic, other factors that increase shipping rates include costs that add up in complex courier agreements, fuel surcharges, minimum package fees, value-added courier services, overhead costs, and variable parcel factors.

How you can mitigate shipping costs

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In general, ocean shipping is the more economical option compared to air freight. But with the costs of ocean shipping hitting an all-time high due to shortages in shipping containers, air freight can be the most viable option with the added benefit of a speedier delivery.

With shipping costs predicted to remain at high levels until 2023, it’s important, as a small business owner, to think about long-term, sustainable solutions that are mutually benefiting the business and your customers.

At INNORHINO, we specialize in custom packaging that can meet your business needs. We have helped businesses reduce their logistic budget with effective packaging solutions for shipping; with just one easy change on the packaging, one of our clients saved approx. $6,700 on each shipment.

We are always excited to collaborate with all business to create memorable & effective packaging for better end-user experiences that is highly valued nowadays. Shoot us a message. Let’s talk about your products, your business, and your dreams!


This article is written by: Leonni Antono – BBP
Image source: INNORHINO, Unsplash, Pexels


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