Accessorial freight charges are fees added to a shipper’s freight invoice for services the motor freight carrier performed beyond the standard pick-up and delivery operation designated at the time a shipment is tendered. The additional charges cover a wide variety of services outside of the line haul charge and fuel surcharge that are in connection with the transportation of goods.
Accessorial charges come in many forms and impact all modes of freight transportation services. The charges can be a fixed fee or time based. Time based fees typically escalate until the situation is resolved and closed.
The reason for the charges is because a motor carriers is picking up additional costs on either the pick-up or delivery that was not included in its negotiated freight rate.
These fees can be quite contentious because they are fees that have a direct impact to the shipper’s bottom line, while they also slow up the driver’s ability to perform the intended work of their scheduled day.