During my trips to the Caribbean I always find myself explaining how we charge for freight service, and how it compares to the competition.
Unfortunately there is no standardized quoting system that shows who is higher in price and who is lower. What makes it even more confusing is that you often do not even get the same service from the different consolidators and forwarders.
One consolidator can give you a rate of $3.00 per cubic foot and cost you more than the one charging $4.50 per cubic foot because the $3.00 is only the ocean freight, and there are 5 or 6 other charges that will be added before a total is reached to move your merchandise from point A to point B. And, of course, there are the charges of the receiving agent that can also vary widely.