Mortgage papers, urgently needed medicine, a crucial part for a car repair-sometimes people and businesses need a package to be delivered very quickly. How early your shipment must be delivered, how much it weighs, how big it is and where it is going can affect the rates you’ll pay for overnight shipping. Express delivery prices quoted below are based on fall 2010 rates.
Use Fedex to send a 10-pound package from Fargo, North Dakota to Tampa, Florida, and you’ll pay $88.60 if you want it delivered by 3 p.m. the next day. If you need it there by 10:30 a.m., your bill increases to $98.55. If the package must arrive by 8 a.m., expect to pay $131.72. These prices apply if you take the shipment to a FedEx dropoff location.
If you’re shipping a large envelope filled with papers and weighing 14 ounces from Louisville to Lexington, Kentucky, you’d pay $15.70 using the United States Postal Service’s Express Mail. Ship a small package weighing 5 pounds between those same two points and you’d pay $20.20.
Two packages with the same weight and going to the same address can have different shipping rates. Say you’re shipping two, six-pound items of differing sizes from Indianapolis, Indiana to Los Angeles, California. If one fits in an 8″ x 5″ x 5″ box, you’d pay $68.21 for FedEx’s standard overnight delivery. If the other item requires a 24″ x 5″ x 18″ box, the cost would rise to $98.92. These prices are based on using your own packaging and taking the item to a FedEx drop-off location.
If you prepay for a two-pound letter and drop it off in UPS packaging at a UPS location, you’ll pay $23.75 to get the letter from Denver to a commercial address in Pueblo, Colorado by 10:30 a.m. the next day. Send the same letter to a business in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and you’d pay $54.73 for that mid-morning delivery.
Sources used for this article:
United States Postal Service: Postage Price Calculator
FedEx: Get Rates & Transit Times
UPS: Calculate Time and Cost