1 Choose the smallest possible box. Most of the cargo courier service providers now uses dimensional weight to set charges for shipping. Thus, the price you pay is now the dimensional weight or the actual weight, whichever is greater. Reducing packet size and packing materials can reduce your shipping costs and keep you from incurring extra charges you won't be able to recover from your customer
2. Most of parcel/cargo sender ends up paying extra just only not for choosing right service. Select the right service.Unless you need a package to arrive the next morning, you don't need to incur the extra cost of air shipping.
3. Negotiate with multiple companies . All shipping companies have pricing schedules based on volume: The more you ship, the lower your rate. But small businesses often don't realize they also may have negotiating power, says Jack Mitchell, president of PANCGroup, a Boston-based parcel appraisal and negotiations consulting firm. If you ship large numbers of packages, compare prices and try to persuade carriers to offer lower rates.
4. Use packaging provided by your carrier. If you use your own packaging, you could face additional "dimensional fees" if your box exceeds the size regulations set by UPS and FedEx. To avoid those extra charges, consider using the packaging provided by your carrier, which doesn't have dimensional fees. By putting a one-pound box into a FedEx envelope, for example,DuBois cut his shipping cost by 15 percent.
5. Ask about association discounts. Find out if your industry's professional association has a partnership with a carrier that offers member discounts. Depending on the size of the association, you could be eligible for discounted rates of up to 50 percent on certain services with carriers like FedEx and UPS.