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The frustrated shipment cost calculator
for Hazardous Materials
Time is money

Time is money. And a frustrated
shipment will cost you both.

When your shipment gets frustrated, it means that it didn't meet shipping regulations, so it's stuck in customs, on the tarmac, or at a port until you find a way to make it compliant. Every day, shipments become frustrated because of incorrect packaging and shipping papers, wrong markings and labels, or other mistakes. But the cost of a frustrated shipment is more than the price of a label or a box. These mistakes cost businesses like yours millions of dollars in fees, expenses and lost revenue. To calculate what a frustrated shipment could cost you,
let’s simulate a very real situation.

Start

You’ve just received an order from your
best customer. Now you need to prepare a
shipment of your best-selling product.

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Question #1

Approximately how much does
it cost to manufacture the
average shipment quantity
of this product?

TIPS

  • Include any cost of materials into this number.
  • We will ask about labor and shipping costs next.
  • When deciding on a cost, think about an average shipment.
  • Not sure of your exact cost? As an example, use $5,000 for a pallet of hazardous widgets.

You’ve just received an order from your
best customer. Now you need to prepare a
shipment of your best-selling product.

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Question #2

What is your labor cost to prepare
this shipment for transport?

TIPS

  • Include labor costs for all the people who are involved in preparing your shipment like
    pickers, packers, shipping managers, etc.
  • Consider how long it takes to prepare a shipment.
  • Do they spend any time researching the regulations?
  • Not sure? Take a guess or use $1,000 as an estimate.

You’ve just received an order from your
best customer. Now you need to prepare a
shipment of your best-selling product.

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Question #3

What about the cost of shipping
supplies you use to prepare
a shipment for transport?

TIPS

  • Consider the cost of forms, labels, markings, packaging, placards, containers, etc.
  • Take your best guess or use $500 as an example.

You’ve just received an order from your
best customer. Now you need to prepare a
shipment of your best-selling product.

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Question #4

Finally, how much does it cost
you to transport this shipment
to your customer?

TIPS

  • Think about the cost of the method of transportation (air, land, sea)
  • How quickly does the shipment need to arrive? Is there a rush charge?
  • Not sure? Enter $500 as an estimate for one-way ground transport.

TOTAL COST SUMMARY

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If everything goes right,
this shipment only costs you

But everything doesn’t always go right, does it?

Ship Product
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Something went wrong with your shipment.

It was supposed to reach your customer days ago, but they say it never arrived.

begin your INVESTIGATION
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It has been 0 days since
your shipment went missing.

Locate 49 CFR
Call your freight forwarder
Request rejection/error sheet from carrier
Talk to carrier supervisor
Talk to truck driver
Review shipping forms
Consult with your warehouse staff to troubleshoot
Calm your customer down
...
complete your INVESTIGATION

your shipment was frustrated by:

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package misuse
FINE: $1,000 – $16,500

After days of investigating, you've determined that your shipment was stopped for transporting hazardous materials with inappropriate packaging. Now you know you can't just use any old box to ship your hazmat. This is going to be expensive.

Fix It

Other common causes of frustrated shipments:

Hover over to learn more.

improper hazmat identification

FINE: $5,000 – $30,000

You transported hazardous materials without the appropriate papers, package markings, labels or placards.

Incorrect Shipping Papers

FINE: $600 – $7,500

Your shipping papers were improperly filled out – using incorrect information or excluding information.

Improper Markings or Placarding

FINE: $1,000 – $12,000

You didn’t put the proper placards or markings on a container or vehicle transporting hazardous materials. Big mistake.

Mishandling of Lithium Batteries

FINE: $1,000 – $40,000

You transported lithium batteries in unauthorized packaging, or without the appropriate labels, placards or markings.

Improper labeling OR markings

FINE: $600 – $10,000

You failed to apply the correct ID number, markings, or labels to a package.

Untrained Employees

FINE: $1,000 – $1,500

You failed to provide training or maintain training records for all hazmat employees.

All fines on this page are based on those outlined 49-CFR. Fines could be more or less severe for international shipping.

Un-frustrate your shipment.

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The investigation took you days that you don’t have. Now it’ll cost a fair amount of money to correct it on top of the fees for inappropriately shipping the product in the first place. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, your best customer is leaving angry voicemails, wondering when their shipment will finally arrive.

you have three options:

throw it away
and start again

Disposing of the shipment means you eat the cost of the product, shipping, any fees associated with your product’s disposal and start all over again with a new product.

Select

try to fix it on-site

Fly someone out to work with authorities on how to get your shipment moving again. You’ll foot the bill for as long as it takes to get the matter resolved.

Select

hire a third party

They’ll correct the problem and get your shipment moving again, but their expertise comes at a premium.

Select

DISPOSAL WON’T JUST COST YOU YOUR
SHIPMENT. IT’LL COST YOU .

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That includes:

  • - Fee for Packaging Misuse
  • - The cost to replace the shipment
  • $800 - The cost of disposing of the shipment
  • $1,000 - The cost to investigate the cause of frustration

And that’s not all. Because your shipment was so delayed, your best customer has taken their business to a competitor. Which is really going to cost you.

But with Labelmaster’s help, you can avoid frustrated shipments and expenses before they happen.

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Here’s how you can avoid frustrated shipments:

dealing with it on-site cost you
and time that you didn’t have to spare.

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That includes:

  • - Fee for Packaging Misuse
  • - The cost to investigate the cause of frustration
  • $3,000 - The cost to fly a DG expert out to resolve the problem
  • $4,000 - The cost to arrange for rush shipping and packaging

And that’s not all. Because your shipment was so delayed, your best customer has taken their business to a competitor. Which is really going to cost you.

But with Labelmaster’s help, you can avoid frustrated shipments and expenses before they happen.

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Here’s how you can avoid frustrated shipments:

moving forward with a third-party
solution just set you back .

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That includes:

  • - Fee for Packaging Misuse
  • - The cost to investigate the cause of frustration
  • $9,100 - The cost to hire a 3rd party firm to handle it for you

And that’s not all. Because your shipment was so delayed, your best customer has taken their business to a competitor. Which is really going to cost you.

But with Labelmaster’s help, you can avoid frustrated shipments and expenses before they happen.

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Here’s how you can avoid frustrated shipments: