Transparency: the myth of hidden shipping costs

By 7 October, 2015May 19th, 2021Company, Seafreight, Shipping

la-luna-shipping-gastos-importacion-ocultos-realidad-partner-socio-gestion-integral-responsabilidadSurely sometime you’ve heard about ghost stories in imports and exports about hidden shipping costs. Actually, there is nothing to fear about that because there are no hidden costs but ignored ones. If, from an economic point of view, import or export makes sense for you company, doing so is only a matter of taking into account all the possibilities and having good information either internally or externally.

Today we’re gonna talk about some of those wrongly called hidden importation expenses or hidden shipping costs that you should always consider in your operations.


Legal requirements and paperwork to allow the entrance of each kind of goods are known and published in every country. If that was not the case, those formalities are known by professionals thanks to their experience. Not accomplishing requirements or wrong procedures can be really serious, because your shipment can be retained in the customs office, which may increase the cost of it. And we’re not only talking about delays: the customs office will charge you on a daily basis. This is wrongly considered one of the greatest hidden costs in import and export. Skilled customs agents with expertise in similar procedures will show you these costs quickly and transparently.

In-between transportation

Nowadays, anyone can coordinate shipments between two big infrastructures, for example, the international airports in Madrid and Barcelona. But, of course, destinations are never there. Maybe the goods we are shipping have to go from an industrial zone to a downtown warehouse or maybe there is a part of the route that can be made by train as it may be more profitable or sustainable.

It would be a topic to say that the secret to minimize importation expenses is minding details, but there is no such a secret: every move must be planned carefully, and every conveyance change has to be coordinated, and second options must be considered, if things did not come out as expected.


All the information about rates that are charged to every importation and exportation, and it’s quite complex to manage. There are more than 200 countries in the world, each one with their own laws or custom practices for every kind of good. There are a lot of possible combinations and, in addition, they are continuously changing. That’s why you need a partner with experience to inform you on time, but you also need somebody constantly in touch with the industry to notice as soon as possible every single legal change you have to accomplish.

Extraordinary expenses

Of course, the unexpected is out there: an inspection at the customs office on destination or an accident can generate unpredicted importation expenses. However, integrated management, applicable insurance and good practices always reduce risks and allow to quickly find and correct any mistake in the supply chain.

To sum up: ghosts don’t exist and neither do hidden shipping costs. Always remember: unpredicted expenses are due to lack of professionalism or any other reason. So, as we always say, the key in every logistic movement in your company must be a good partner you can rely on long term. Of course, at LA LUNA shipping® we are willing to become that partner.

If you need any importation/exportation service of any kind of shipping supply, contact us at of call us. We’ll be glad to help you with transparency.

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