Understanding How Companies Charge for Shipping


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There are many companies and methods for transporting shipments. The size and weight of the shipment, the destination, when you need your goods to arrive, method of shipping, and what you are shipping all affect what company and method we will recommend.

Here are some examples:

You are shipping 3 medium sized boxes no rush to Puerto Rico and there are no hazardous materials inside. We are going to most likely recommend USPS as their rates to Puerto Rico, which is a US Territory, are much lower than the competition.

Now if you are shipping those same 3 boxes to Jamaica, we would most likely put them on a ship out of Miami. And if the boxes fit into a barrel, we might even do that which could be less. And with a barrel, whatever we can fit into that barrel up to 300 pounds goes for the same price!

Now if you want to ship the same 3 boxes to New York. Here we might use FEDEX or UPS Ground over USPS as our volume pricing allows us to save you money. And since we have a truck that drives to New York monthly, maybe we can put the 3 boxes on our truck, along with anything else you need shipped to that same area for a very low price.

If you want to ship these 3 boxes to Germany, we have many options. But if you are in no rush and you want the least expensive method, we will put your packages on a ship and deliver them door to door much less than if you used the Postal Service!

The advantage of Pac N Send is since are contracted with most of the major shippers, we search giving you the best option.

Dimensional Weight versus Actual Weight

Billable weight is the greater of either dimensional weight or actual weight, whichever is greater. To calculate dimensional rate

Dimensional weight reflects package density, which is the amount of the space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight.

Determine the package dimensions in inches. For each dimension, measure at the longest point, rounding each measurement to the nearest whole number.

Multiply the package length by the width by the height. The result is the cubic size in inches

For Domestic Shipments:
Divide the cubic size in inches by 166 to determine dimensional weight in pounds. Increase any fraction to the next whole pound.

understanding shipping rates

For International Shipments
For international shipments, divide the cubic size in inches by 139 to determine the dimensional weight. Increase any fraction to the next whole pound.

understanding shipping rates

Letter rates may apply for domestic and international documents, correspondence and electronic media shipments that do not exceed eight ounces and are shipped in the couriers provided envelopes. Domestic and international letters greater than eight ounces on UPS and FEDEX will be billed by weight (rounded up to the next whole pound).

If the package has a bulge or is irregularly shaped, measure the length, width and height of the package at the most extreme points. Treat the irregularly shaped package as if it were in a regular rectangular box. Measure the length, width and height of the package from its furthest points.

Shipping in Bags:

Shape – When multiple items are shipped in a flexible container like a plastic bag, the package measurements will be determined when the exterior is at rest. As this shape will differ from placement to placement, cubic size or package measurements will be made at the sole discretion of the shipper.

Any tail or loose item like a luggage tag can trigger the lasers that measuring the packages so it is highly recommended to secure these items to the package to eliminate additional charges.

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