How In-House vs. 3PL Parcel Invoice Audits Stack Up

We all know why you should audit your parcel invoices (hint: It’s not because you’re being accurately charged. The question is how much will it cost you to get that audit party started – and when does it pay to use a 3PL instead of trying to DIY?

$32,300	Average starting annual paycheck for one hourly employee to audit $750,000 worth of parcel shipments per year (42,000 shipments).  $32,301 Average value of the base rate or accessorial charge mistakes that employees will need to find and file before your parcel audit effort pays for itself. $0 Starting cost for a 3PL to audit the same number of shipments per year if you have a gainsharing arrangement in place. $1 Approximate value of the mistakes that 3PL will have to find and file before your gainsharing parcel audit effort pays for itself. 99 Percent of base rate and accessorial rate mistakes that AFS’s parcel audit process uncovers .

To learn more, reach out to us at [email protected]. We audit hundreds of thousands of parcel invoices each year, routinely capturing five-and six-figure refunds for our clients, and we’d be happy to discuss some best practices for yours.



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