How to get the best freight rates in the market for your export shipments?

July 2019

Getting the best freight rates in the market is part of the objectives for every logistics or procurement manager. Of course this is easier said than done, but following these 3 simple tips will get you a long way.

1.     Don’t forget to benchmark, weigh your options

Freight charges can differ widely between different carriers based on their pricing policies, space and equipment availability. Always get benchmark quotes to make sure you are paying a fair price in line with the going market rates.

2.     Understand your assessorial charges

Freight rates are often subject to local charges at origin and destination. Make sure your quotation clearly states which charges are included or excluded from the rate. Also, make sure you understand the unit of measure and triggers for each of the surcharges as well as the associated amounts.

3.     Partner up

Major freight forwarders move significant amounts of containers and enjoy a stronger negotiation position with multiple carriers based on their global volumes. Working with a major freight forwarder can therefore help to improve your shipping options against competitive rate levels.


eShipAsia can help you get the best freight rates in the market.

We understand you want to your cargo to move in the most cost efficient way.
This is how eShipAsia can help you achieve this goal:

1.     Instant rate and service comparisons

On eShipAsia.com, you simply select the origin, destination and the amount of containers you would like to ship.

Our platform will instantly show multiple carrier options, rates and sailing schedules, allowing you to instantly perform freight quote and schedule comparisons across various shipping lines.

2.     Full transparency

Our freight quotes will provide you all details you require at your fingertips, including the transit times as well as a full breakdown of local charges, terms and conditions. All quotations are directly stored under your personalized account for your ease of use.

3.     Leverage on our scale and expertise

Powered by the largest Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) in the world, our dedicated trade managers know the market and proactively negotiate will all major shipping lines to ensure we have always have the most competitive deals and space agreements in place.

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