What is the difference between Surcharge and Freight?

The difference between surcharge and freight

is that "surcharge" is an addition of extra charge on the agreed or stated price and "freight" is payment for transportation.

surcharge

freight

Noun

  • An addition of extra charge on the agreed or stated price.
  • An excessive price charged e.g. to an unsuspecting customer.
  • (philately) An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.
  • (art) A painting in lighter enamel over a darker one that serves as the ground.
  • (law) A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party.
  • (law) A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary’s duties.
  • (obsolete) An excessive load or burden.
  • (law, obsolete) The putting, by a commoner, of more animals on the common than he is entitled to.

Exemple

  • Our airline tickets cost twenty dollars more than we expected because we had to pay a fuel surcharge.
  • A numerous nobility causeth poverty and inconvenience in a state, for it is surcharge of expense.

Verb

  • To apply a surcharge.
  • To overload; to overburden.
  • (law) To overstock; especially, to put more cattle into (e.g. a common) than one has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain.
  • To show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given.

Antonyms

  • discount

Exemple

  • to surcharge an animal or a ship; to surcharge a cannon
  • Your head reclined, as hiding grief from view, / Droops like a rose surcharged with morning dew.
  • The threat was soon fulfilled; the evening came on, prematurely darkened by clouds that seemed surcharged with a deluge.

Noun

  • Payment for transportation.
  • Goods or items in transport.
  • Transport of goods.
  • (figurative) Cultural or emotional associations.

Synonyms

  • cargo
  • luggage

Related terms

  • fraught

Examples

  • The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.
  • Had the ship earned her freight? To earn freight there must, of course, be either a right delivery, or a due and proper offer to deliver the goods to the consignees.
  • The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.
  • Space for carrying light freight also features in Grand Union’s proposal. The company says it is working with partners at Intercity Railfreight on the logistics of this, with refrigerated space to be available for movement of urgent NHS biological materials. Initially freight would be carried in the DVTs of the Class 91/Mk 4 sets, while on the Class 802s the kitchen/buffet would be located towards the centre of the train to make space for freight.
  • They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.
  • This may seem to be a quite unrealistic aim, until we note that some contributors to the emotional public sphere – advertising creatives – are very aware of the emotional freight that simple words may carry, […]

Verb

  • (transitive) To transport (goods).
  • To load with freight. Also figurative.

Related terms

  • fraught

Examples

  • Everything I did seemed awkward to me, and everything I said sounded freighted with hidden meaning.
  • English National Opera is a title freighted with implications, and that first adjective promises not only a geographical reach, but a linguistic commitment too.