Freight shipping

Learn freight shipping basics and get instructions for calculating freight costs. Explore FedEx Freight® less-than-truckload (LTL) and FedEx Express® Freight shipping services. Find tools to make freight shipping easier.

Save 70% on FedEx Freight shipping just by opening an account.*

You’ll need your classification to get rates and ship. Learn about freight classification.

Start your freight shipment with your classification and shipment details.

You can schedule a one-time freight pickup at no cost to you.

See how fast you can ship using economy and expedited freight shipping.

A Bill of Lading (BOL) acts as your shipping label for an LTL shipment. You can download a blank BOL or create one online.

Use our easy tools to get a freight quote.

Find your LTL shipping costs for the contiguous U.S., Mexico and Canada.

See your costs for expedited shipping in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, plus international shipping to 220 countries and territories.

Check for last-minute savings on your FedEx Express® Freight shipping.

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For shipments under 250 lbs.,
use FedEx® Great Rates Hotline.

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For international shipments over 250 lbs.,
use FedEx MyQuote.

What is freight?

Any shipment over 150 lbs. is considered freight. Freight shipping is the transportation of goods, commodities and cargo in bulk by ship, aircraft, truck or intermodal via train and road. It can be transported domestically or internationally by land, air or sea.

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Benefits of shipping freight with FedEx

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Cut down on keying errors when you go paperless by creating online shipping labels for domestic freight instead of BOLs.

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Get visibility for your large multiple-pallet shipments. With automatic pallet-level tracking, each skid has a unique tracking number.

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Simplify your freight with our nationwide network of couriers. There’s no need to use multiple carriers as you go from region to region.

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Get unparalleled speed and a wide variety of special handling options for your critical, refrigerated and hazmat shipments.

We're making freight shipping easier and more innovative.

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How to calculate freight shipping costs

Learn to estimate how much shipping will cost based on freight class, destination, transit times and shipment size. You can also find tools to calculate freight shipping rates for your shipment.

How to ship freight

From start to finish, get step-by-step
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Packing your shipment

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Estimating your freight classification

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Choosing a freight service

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Creating an LTL or FedEx Express Freight shipment and Bill of Lading

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Scheduling a pickup

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Tracking your freight shipments and more

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What freight services are available?

LTL services for the U.S., Canada and Mexico

Domestic 1-, 2- and 3-day express services

International 1–5 day express services

Expedited and specialized freight shipping

Air freight forwarding

Ocean freight forwarding

All freight services

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How to pack freight

Have questions about recommended boxes, dimensions or pallet requirements? Looking to make sure your freight shipments arrive safely? Find packaging tips and instructions for packing and shipping large items.

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How to schedule a freight pickup

We know dropping off heavy items is just not convenient. Schedule an easy pickup that fits your timing needs. We have experts that can help. Get step-by-step instructions for scheduling LTL and FedEx Express Freight pickups.

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Get flat-rate freight shipping with no classification**

The FedEx Freight® box is an easy way to send shipments under 1,200 lbs. There’s no need to classify your shipments, and you get predictable pricing, easy packing and added security.

Freight shipping FAQ

What can be shipped via freight?

Just about any product you can think of can be shipped via freight with a few exceptions. There are restrictions on hazardous items like aerosols and fireworks, valuables such as jewels, and perishables like meat and frozen goods. You should also check international shipping restrictions if you’re sending products overseas.

What's the difference between parcel and freight?

Parcels are your everyday shipments that weigh less than 150 lbs. Anything heavier than that needs to be shipped as freight.

Which type of freight shipping is right for me?

The method of freight shipping you should choose depends on how quickly you need it delivered. If you need something delivered quickly, you should choose an express freight option. If you have a little more time, you should choose a LTL shipping option. Compare all types of freight shipping options with FedEx. 

What is freight forwarding?

Freight forwarding organizes the transport of goods directly from a manufacturer to the final distribution point. Freight forwarders don’t do the transporting – they’re logistical experts who arrange domestic and international cargo transports with a freight carrier. Freight forwarding is available via air, sea, road, and rail. We offer a freight forwarding service to help you transport your cargo from one destination to the next.

Need help with freight shipping?

Chat with a FedEx expert, request a phone consultation, get how-to guides and more to help with your freight shipping needs.

*Applies to FXF PZONE and FXF EZONE rate customers only. All services are subject to the terms and conditions of the FedEx Freight 100 Rules Tariff. The discount applies to eligible FedEx Freight Priority and FedEx Freight Economy shipments within the contiguous U.S., shipments between the U.S. and Canada, and also includes shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico for the U.S. portion of the move. FedEx shipping discounts are off standard list rates and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Discounts are exclusive of any FedEx surcharges, premiums, minimums, accessorial charges or special handling fees. Customers with current pricing and/or non-U.S., non-Canada-based billing addresses are not eligible for the discount.

**Flat rates based on zone pricing. Find rates and zone information. Rates are subject to the General Rate Increase (GRI), and all accessorial charges in the FedEx Freight 100 Rules Tariff will apply. Exception: Item 404 (absolute minimum charge) will not apply as the FedEx Freight box is not discountable. Pricing is subject to the standard FedEx Freight 100 fuel surcharge. Use of the FedEx Freight box will supersede any negotiated pricing. Maximum liability is $7.50 per lb. Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico are not covered by FedEx Freight box rates. Hazardous materials are prohibited. Maximum weight allowed for each freight box is 1,200 lbs.