FedEx Ground® shipping

FedEx Ground® shipping

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What is FedEx Ground shipping?

FedEx Ground is a low-cost shipping service that delivers to businesses and is faster to more locations than UPS Ground.1 Shipments typically travel by truck. If you need to ship to a residential address, use FedEx Home Delivery®, which delivers every day of the week.

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Shipping/transit time

Delivery within the contiguous U.S. takes 1–5 business days. Shipping to and from Alaska and Hawaii requires 3–7 business days. Check transit times. FedEx Ground has a money-back guarantee.

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Weight limit and maximum package size

Packages up to 150 lbs., 108" in length and 165" in length plus girth (L+2W+2H) can be shipped.

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Delivery area

FedEx Ground delivers throughout all 50 states to all U.S. business addresses. FedEx International Ground® ships between the U.S. and Canada, and within Canada.

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Cost/rates

Get started by calculating your ground shipping rates.

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Shipping/transit time

Delivery within the contiguous U.S. takes 1–5 business days. Shipping to and from Alaska and Hawaii requires 3–7 business days. Check transit times. FedEx Ground has a money-back guarantee.1

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Weight limit and maximum package size

Packages up to 150 lbs., 108" in length and 165" in length plus girth (L+2W+2H) can be shipped.

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Delivery area

FedEx Ground delivers throughout all 50 states to all U.S. business addresses. FedEx International Ground® ships between the U.S. and Canada, and within Canada.

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Cost/rates

Get started by calculating your ground shipping rates.

Compare FedEx Ground to other shipping options

I need reliable shipping, backed by a money-back guarantee, that has...
Cost-effective delivery in 1–5 days Urgent delivery in 1–3 days
Where shipping to a business shipping to a house or apartment shipping to anyone
Day

Mon.–Fri.

(determined by the shipping distance) 

every day of the week

(determined by the shipping distance) 

Mon.–Fri. (Sat. with a fee) on the day I choose
Time by the end of the day by the end of the day by a specific time
Service FedEx Ground FedEx Home Delivery FedEx Express

Calculate your ground shipping rates

Use our rates tool to find the most cost-effective ground shipping options for your needs.
FedEx Ground rates are determined by:

The distance to the destination

Pricing for FedEx shipments is determined by how many different ground shipping zones the packages travel through for delivery.

FedEx Ground has seven different zones for U.S. shipping. Zones are laid out like a rough bullseye around your origin address. The rings of the bullseye are labeled Zones 2 through 8. Zone 2 is 0–150 miles away. Zone 3 is 151–300 miles from the origin address, and so on, outward. Keep in mind, because of the way cities are laid out, the zones aren’t in perfect circles. The more zones your package crosses, the more shipping will cost.

The destination being classified as residential or commercial

If you’re shipping using FedEx Home Delivery via the FedEx Ground network, there is a $4 residential surcharge added to the cost of each package.

The destination being in the U.S. or Canada

The main costs added for shipping outside the United States are duties and taxes. Destination countries may also add fees. Use our International Shipping Assist tool to calculate duties and taxes, look up harmonized codes and get customs documents. Learn about using FedEx International Ground® to ship to Canada.

Packaging type and package size, weight and density

Packaging type

When we say the packaging type affects cost, we mean that different boxes and envelopes weigh more or less and come in different sizes. Packaging directly affects your overall package weight and density. 

Package size, weight and density

Costs are calculated on packages based on their actual weight or their dim weight (whichever is greater).

Dim weight is the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. It’s a measurement of package density. 

To calculate dim weight:

  1. Multiply length by width by height in inches. Round each measurement to the nearest whole inch. The resulting total is the cubic size of your package.
  2. Divide that number (cubic size) by 139. (U.S., Puerto Rico and international shipments)

Learn more about how to calculate your dim weight.

Sending many packages to the same place at the same time?

FedEx Ground Multiweight®

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What it does: 

Allows businesses to save with economies of scale. And they don’t have to shrink wrap or palletize the shipments.

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Delivery time:

Delivers in 1–5 business days (3–7 business days to Alaska and Hawaii).

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Maximum package size: 

Up to 150 lbs. per package, 108" in length, 165" in length plus girth (L+2W+2H). All pieces should have a combined weight of 200 lbs. or more. The average package weight should be 15–25 lbs.

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How to get started: 

This is a contract-only service. Contact your account representative to learn about payment options. Or call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339. Visit the Small Business Center to learn more.

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FedEx Ground Multiweight®

      FedEx Ground Multiweight®

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What it does: 

Allows businesses to save with economies of scale. And they don’t have to shrink wrap or palletize the shipments.

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Delivery time:

Delivers in 1–5 business days (3–7 business days to Alaska and Hawaii).

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Maximum package size: 

Up to 150 lbs. per package, 108" in length, 165" in length plus girth (L+2W+2H). All pieces should have a combined weight of 200 lbs. or more. The average package weight should be 15–25 lbs.

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How to get started: 

This is a contract-only service. Contact your account representative to learn about payment options. Or call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339. Visit the Small Business Center to learn more.

Tracking your ground shipment

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FedEx Ground shipping questions

What's the difference between FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery?

  • FedEx Ground delivers packages 150 lbs. or less to businesses or commercial addresses Monday–Friday.
  • FedEx Home Delivery, which is part of the FedEx Ground network, delivers packages 150 lbs. or less to residences every day of the week. A $4 residential surcharge is added per package with FedEx Home Delivery.

How do I get my ground packages to FedEx?

1. You can drop off your packages at FedEx Office® locations and at many participating Dollar General stores, Walgreens and more.

2. Have a FedEx account? If not, sign up for one. You can schedule your packages to be picked up for a small fee. And you can use pickups for shipping returns. If you ship a lot, you can even set up recurring pickups to save time.

How can I save on FedEx Ground shipping? 

1. Open a FedEx business account. You can save 8% on eligible ground shipments (including home delivery and ground return shipments).

2. Sign up for My FedEx Rewards. You can earn gift cards from major retailers when you ship. The more you ship, the more you earn.

3. Have your package held at a FedEx location for pickup. You’ll avoid a residential delivery surcharge of $4 per package. You can choose Hold at a FedEx location under the Special Services section when you create a label.

Can FedEx Ground ship to P.O. boxes?

No, FedEx Ground can't deliver to P.O. boxes. However, you can choose to have your package held for pickup at a FedEx location. 

Can FedEx Ground ship hazardous materials? 

Hazardous materials can be shipped with FedEx Ground in the contiguous United States. They can't be shipped to or from Hawaii or Alaska.

How long does FedEx Ground take? How long is FedEx Ground shipping?

Delivery takes 1–5 business days (3–7 business days to Alaska and Hawaii), depending on how far away the destination is. The FedEx Ground delivery time window is 8 a.m.–8 p.m. To see FedEx Ground transit times, check the FedEx Ground map.

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Have more questions? Head to FedEx Customer Support for help.


1Validated July 2020.