One of my clients was shipping a lot of small packages from Asia to the US on a regular basis and had negotiated very good discounts with a freight forwarder. Due to a temporary manufacturing delay, he decided to move three shipments via a small package express carrier with door-to-door service. Each package weighed about 200 kilograms, and the final bill indicated he was charged about $10 per kilogram, or $2,000 each ($6,000 total). I compared the cost of using a freight forwarder and found that shipments via the freight forwarder moved at about $5 per kilogram in that lane or, in this case, would have cost $1,000 each ($3,000 total). For these specific three shipments, my client paid $3,000 extra by using the express carrier.

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