Market based cost

This refers to a technique for calculating an appropriate transfer price for internal goods or services.

Market based, or arms length, transfer pricing assumes goods and services used internally are ‘sold’ in a similar way to external sales. There are no internal concessions or cost offsets; the approach assumes that, if the supplying unit is operating efficiently it should be able to make a profit at this price; equally, if the receiving unit is operating efficiently, it should be able to make a profit since it would have to purchase the item at this price if it was not available internally.

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