Taranisen Mohanta   05th Aug 2021

Shipping contract negotiations: What, are they? How to negotiate the best price from shipping contracts? A look at the best practices adopted by shipping companies.

Shipping contract negotiations are essential for the shipping business. They help in saving the costs of the shipping companies. However, contract negotiations are complex and time-consuming. The negotiations have to be mutually advantageous to both clients and carriers. There needs to be transparency and open communication. With this in mind, let’s explore the best practices in shipping contract negotiations.

To begin with, let us understand: What are Shipping contract negotiations?

Shipping contracts are legal documents between a client and a carrier. The regular review of contracts is necessary to increase the shipping business of client with carrier. Shipping carriers like UPS and FedEx announce rate increase periodically. Therefore, it is essential to track the rise in shipping spend. The shipping contract negotiations relate to services, weights, accessorial charges, and more.

There are different kinds of shipping contract negotiations such as:

Small Parcel contract negotiations

Small Parcel contract negotiations involve reading the fine print of the contract with the carriers. Shippers need to review their service contracts regularly. In addition, they have to be aware of the incentive offers and discounts. The shipping contracts should list all the services that are essential for shippers. In addition, it should give clarity about surcharges and tariff rules. Nonetheless, negotiating the best parcel rates requires careful planning and monitoring. Audintel services help small parcel businesses in shipping data analysis, optimizing agreements, and reduce parcel costs.

Freight contract negotiations

Negotiations regarding freight contracts include volatile freight rates. In addition, negotiations should consider unforeseen surcharges. Also, there should be clarity in the contents of the freight contracts. Factors such as rates, routes, services, free days, space protection, surcharges, and credit terms play a vital role in discussions. Negotiating freight rates is a complex process, which experts at Audintel are good at handling.

Negotiating rates with carriers

For successful negotiation of shipping contracts, shippers need to know the carriers and their services. Even after finalizing a shipping contract, new surcharges and tariff rules can emerge. Re-negotiations are necessary when an existing shipping contract does not align with a company’s business. Audintel has insights on the working of the carriers. Their team of experts will help in negotiations that are favorable for shippers.

The Best practices followed for negotiating Shipping Contracts are:

  • Gathering relevant data

Before starting negotiations, shippers should have relevant shipping data. The data contains the past performance of the shipping carriers.  Reviewing the historical shipping data gives an insight into the most frequent shipping zones, etc. Moreover, the data helps in identifying the rates and factors to determine the transportation needs. Audintel reviews the historical data for providing to-the-point negotiations.

  • Request for Proposal (RFP) drafts

Shippers send out Request for Proposals (RFP) after gathering data. A good RFP encourages potential carriers to give clients the best, competitive contract. The draft of the RFP includes the background of the shipping company and the types of products sold. Further, it should contain the shipping history, delivery requirements, and terms. RFPs help shippers in reviewing carriers’ proposals and compare their offers. Audintel takes a close look at RFP drafts and suggests shipping carriers to their clients.

  • Identify accessorial charges and surcharges

Shippers need to reduce additional expenses during shipment. The additional fees are also known as accessorial charges for carriers like FedEx and UPS. These charges occur where there is redelivery of packages, residential deliveries. Further, surcharges include fuel surcharge, after-hour deliveries, Saturday Delivery, additional handling, etc. Audintel helps in identifying the extra expenses. Audintel suggests cost-effective charges so that the shippers can save money while negotiating with carriers.

  • Review packing strategy: Dimensional weight Pricing (DIM)

The majority of the shipping carriers use a pricing technique called DIM weight. The dimensions of the package are in consideration for the price calculation. Shippers can cut shipping costs by reviewing the packing strategy. Packaging odd-sized materials require efficient use of packaging material. In addition, Audintel can negotiate with shipping carriers to improve the DIM divisor appropriately for shippers. As a result, it will reduce shipping costs.

  • Use of carriers

For better negotiations, shipping companies can use multiple carriers or single carrier for effective cost.  It leverages competition between the shipping carriers so that shippers get the best price for their business. As a result, shippers get better rates. They can choose the shipping carrier with the best delivery performance and rates. Audintel suggests alternative shipping carriers based on the parcel spend characterisitics.

  • Know the terms and conditions of the contract

Before signing shipping contracts, it is necessary to read all the clauses. It is essential to understand the terms and conditions of the shipping contract. There is a need for regular review for open-ended negotiations. Shippers need to thoroughly read the shipping contract and assess what will be beneficial for business. Audintel helps shippers understand the intricacies involved in the shipping contract negotiations.

The novel approach adopted by Audintel

Audintel follows the above best practices. And we have a novel approach towards contract negotiations. We have an intelligent mechanism in place to enhance your savings. The holistic approach adopted by Audintel is advantageous for clients.

Finally

It is vital to have good relationships with shipping carriers. A business negotiation based on mutual respect and trust will go a long way. Having a good rapport with the shipping carriers will ensure successful shipping contract negotiations.

When you sign up for services from Audintel, negotiations become simple. For further queries and details, write to us at info@audintel.com or please visit our website, https://audintel.com/.