What’s the meaning of Accessorial Charge?
An accessorial charge is an additional cost to the standard pickup and delivery charges. They could be fixed or variable fees. Accessorial charges aren't per mile rate. Examples of accessory charges may include the driver having to rewrap an inefficiently wrapped pallet with their shrink wrap—the materials and the labor cost time and money. When the drivers do loading and unloading that uses a pallet jack, it's also an accessory charge. A layover accessorial fee is incurred when the driver arrives at the pickup location, and the shipment isn't ready due to the client. The longer the driver has to sit around, the more money it costs everyone.
Accessorial Charge - In The Field
A Truck Order Not Used (TONU) contract breaks when a client cancels a scheduled transport, leading to an accessorial charge. Some companies may add a non-dock delivery accessory charge if the pick-up or drop-off location doesn't have a traditional dock. Due to time, fuel, and more, shippers are charged when requesting additional stops. Before booking a shipment, it's always good to inquire about extra charges to avoid surprises once you get the final invoice.