Shipment Cost Limits

Control shipment costs associated with the inclusion of a desired delivery date or business days of transit.

About shipment cost limits

When your organization includes a desired delivery date (DDD) or business days of transit (BDOT) in your API call request for carrier selection or label generation, selection of a sooner delivery date can result in higher shipping costs. The Shipment Cost Limits feature enables your organization to better control shipment costs when specifying DDD or BDOT in your carrier selection and/or label generation.

Using this feature allows your organization to set limits for three categories to help control shipping costs, as described in the following table.

Category for cost limit settingDescription of cost limit category
Max per shipmentMax total $ cost per shipment per day
Max increase per shipment$ increase above cheapest shipment cost
Daily upgrade cost limit$ increase for all shipments above cheapest for the day

Once you've established your organization's desired shipping cost limits, Shipium's system takes your selected cost controls and measures them against the actual cost of the shipment compared to the least expensive cost option. This method applies to all the carriers/methods that can deliver to your shipment destination address.

Why setting shipment cost limits is a good idea when including DDD or BDOT

Once your organization includes the DDD or BDOT, Shipium uses the value represented in the DDD/BDOT to calculate the shipment delivery date. The Shipium system filters out any carriers/methods that will not meet the delivery date and chooses the cheapest options for those that will meet the delivery date. This process is automated and can result in a higher shipping cost associated with a specified DDD or BDOT. For example, including a DDD or BDOT may cause a package that is expected to ship ‘ground' to ship ‘three-day’ and thus increase its shipping cost. The values that are established in cost controls help manage this behavior.

Shipping cost limits let your organization specify both a per-shipment and a per-day maximum dollar value. For example, you may choose to set your per-shipment limit to only spend up to $1 more than the cheapest option for faster shipping on any individual shipment, or to not spend more than $40 on any individual shipment. Per-day limits, for example, could be set so that your organization does not spend a total of $5k per day on upgrading all shipments for the day.

If the shipment cost exceeds any of the values set, then Shipium evaluates the next best ship option. If no options are available for the DDD or BDOT, then the system evaluates the next transit day with the same DDD or BDOT. If this evaluation returns no values, the default behavior is to ship via the cheapest option.

Set shipment cost limits in the Shipium Console

You can access your organization's profile and set your desired shipment cost limits in the Shipium Console. You establish these limits by saving the values you input in the console. These values will be effective immediately and will remain in place until updated and saved with new values.


Cost limits apply for the day of selection

Once you establish your organization's shipment cost limits in the Shipium Console, they're immediately applied to all of the origins in your organization’s fulfillment network for the day.

  1. Once logged into the console, you should hover your cursor over Carrier Selection in the left navigation panel to access the dropdown menu.
  1. From the Carrier Selection dropdown menu, select Shipment Cost Limits.
  2. Once on the Shipment Cost Limits landing page, populate the fields with your organization's preferred values. The tool tips within the Shipium Console provide definitions for all of the categories of shipment cost limits:
  • Max per Shipment (no cap if not set). Value represented in $ or not set
  • Max Increase per Shipment (no cap if not set). Value represented in $ or not set
  • Daily Upgrade Cost Limit. Value represented in $ or not set
  • Cutoff Time. Establishes the 24-hour period in which the limits will be applied
  • Timezone. Establishes the timezone in which the limits will be applied


Your Shipium team member is available to help along the way. However, you might find these resources helpful: