I built two cricket tables for a friend as a wedding gift. My plan was to
ship them from NE Mass to Southern Cal. The boxes are about a 30" cube.
Well it seems I should have listened to my wife and bought a place setting.
It is very expensive $180 a box to ship them with UPS or FedEx. The box
size is to big for the post office.
Anyone have any ideas.
Check trucking company LTL rates for your area.
Since most trucking companies give significant discounts to customers,
you will get a lower cost if you have a connection to a local company
who would ship it for you using their pricing and you pay them
including a case of "suds".
Lew's advice is good. Your friend will have to go to the terminal to
pick up the shipment instead of front door delivery, and if you ship
this way, make sure you pack it well. Depending on where it is going,
it might get handled at a number of terminals.
Less than load as compared to dedicated truckload shipments.
Make a crate for your tables with either a pallet or similar design as the
base. Make the sides and top strong enough to support something heavy that
could possibly get piled on top (1/2 CDX plywood is my choice with 2x2
corner pieces inside held together with drywall screws). Then take the
package to the nearest major freight trucking company and ask them for a
quote. Once they see it and weigh it you will get a very reasonable quote.
Just be sure to package them inside the crate very well as they are likely
to get a very rough ride. If you aren't in a hurry (like expecting
overnight, etc.) they will ship it in the next truck with enough space
that's headed that way and it'll get there in a few days. If you have them
contact the receiving party when it reaches the nearby terminal and if the
receiving party can pick it up from that terminal the delivery quote will be
even lower. They like solid packages with fork truck handling capability.
Also, get the agent to go down the list of rates so you can pick the
cheapest one that sort of matches what you are shipping. Certain items ship
for much less than other similar items ie. assembled machinery costs more to
ship than assorted quantities of parts like what the machine is made of. The
agent can get away with using either rate. In your case pre-cut wooden
furniture parts might ship cheaper than assembled and finished furniture.
Who is to say whether your shipment is a finished product or not?
Give them two tickets to come visit your new furniture? :)
I suppose it's too late at this point to design them so the legs come
off considering they're already built, eh? It's the dimensional
weight that is killing you.
LTL stands for "Less Than truck Load".
I went through hell last spring shipping a mechanical shaper to Texas.
Among many, many other things that went bad, the company that the
buyer selected took well over 2 months to be in a position to pick it up.
If you price shop this thing, you might well get what you pay for.
My son ships things up to about 1000 pounds on a regular basis and uses
Yellow Frieght. Works for him.
Larry C wrote:
Have you looked at Fedex ground? I don't think it will be anywhere
near that expensive unless they are dead heavy.
From experience, package to avoid punctures, corner bumps and smashes.
With smahses I mean, if you have spindly legs, then add some cross
bracing to keep them from being pushed in. I usually have at least 1
inch of styrofoam or the like surrounding all sides insode the box and
actually sacrifice some 1/8" ply all around the sides to stop
punctures. I usually have some scratch sheets that come on top of
sheets of ply from the lumber house.
On Thu, 6 Mar 2008 17:10:56 -0800 (PST), "SonomaProducts.com"
30x30x30 = Dimensional Weight of 140 lbs. It doesn't matter how much
it actually weighs, that's the billable weight.
Shipping from a commercial address with daily rates to a commercial
address (the guy's work rather than home) will be significantly less,
but still probably at least $125 per box.
Package it to withstand a nuclear blast. That's about what is going
to happen to it.
Not sure I understand "Billable weight" I tried it from zip 9xxxx to
zip 2xxxx (basically across the country) and 30x30x30 at 140 lbs was
$111 but at 50 lbs was only $50 Fedex ground in 5 days.
Did you input dimensions for FedEx ground? Freight is classified with
dimensions of the package or in the case of trucks, buy classifications.
Some items go as Class 50, others as high as Class 400. Pound of feathers
versus pound of lead scenario. The feathers take more space on the truck so
you pay more.
Zip 2xxxx is also about 500 miles closer than the OP that has a 0xxx zip.
On Thu, 6 Mar 2008 22:37:33 -0800 (PST), "SonomaProducts.com"
It's harder to find on the fedex site but here it is on UPS, I believe
they both use the same formulas.
Basically WxHxD / 194. If the package is small enough (WxHxD < 5000)
then you don't have to worry about it.
There are also a number of other potential fees for large packages, so
anything big you have to enter both the weight and the dimensions of
the package to get an accurate estimate.
And I have had UPS decide the package was 3" deeper than it was when I
shipped it and bill me the difference and there was nothing I could do
about it. If you are just under the limits for a big whopping fee
they'll just make up their dimensions to hit you with it anyway.
I don't ship large items anymore.
Greyhound Bus. On their web site click on the package express and enter the
information. You can get them there for about $45 per package from what I
just did from Boston to San Diego. You must drop off and recipient must
pick up. Takes about 4 days. .
Thanks for all of the advice and suggestions. I went on freightquote.com as
suggested by Charle and DHL will get them there for $90 a piece. It will
take about 6 days.
The Greyhound bus option is certainly cheaper but it just makes me a little
As an FYI the size of the package was the cost driver, not the weight.
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