How to estimate shipping costs with FedEx

How to estimate shipping costs with FedEx

How cost is calculated for FedEx shipments

One easy way to estimate shipping costs is to use our online shipping rates calculator. (If you have an account with us, be sure to sign in using the Sign Up or Log In link at the top of the page before entering your information to get the most accurate pricing.)

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The calculator will ask you to provide some information about your shipment, including:

  • Where it’s coming from (by origin ZIP code)
  • Where it’s going (by destination ZIP code)
  • If it’s going to a residence
  • What kind of packaging you’re using
  • How many packages you’re sending
  • Package size and weight (including dimensions, if you’re using your own packaging)
  • When you’re sending it
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Each of these factors affects your estimated cost. Below you’ll find more information on some of these factors, presented in the order you’ll see them on the online shipping rates calculator

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Your shipment’s origin and destination 

Generally, the farther your shipment needs to go, the more you’ll pay to ship it. This is true whether you’re shipping domestically or internationally. 

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A note about international shipping

Your estimated cost might be affected by changes in currency or the addition of duties, taxes, or other fees you might be asked to pay when you ship internationally. Go to FedEx International Shipping Assist for help with shipments outside the United States.  

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Package type, dimensions, and weight 

The shipping service you choose will have the greatest impact on the price you pay. (That selection comes in the next step of the calculator.) But your shipping price is also partially determined by the size and weight of your package. We calculate prices using either the dimensional weight (dim weight) or actual weight of the package—whichever is greater. (Dim weight reflects a package’s density—that is, the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight.) 

Usually, the bigger and heavier your shipment is, the more it will cost. That’s why it’s important to choose a box that’s big enough for your items and packing materials, but not so big that it increases your package’s dim weight needlessly. 

Visit our boxes for packing, shipping, and moving page to see which boxes work best for different items. 

Get expert advice on packing from one of our very own packaging engineers. 

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Other factors that affect shipping rates

Shipping prices can be affected by factors like: 

  • Fuel costs
  • Delivery and pickup conditions
  • Special handling requirements
  • Holiday package volumes
  • Special circumstances that affect network capacity, like COVID-19
 
These factors can change often. Find out about current surcharges and fees that could affect your rates. If you ship freight, find out more about the factors that affect freight costs and get a rate quote.
 
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Use our online shipping rates calculator to get a shipping estimate.

The rates shown on the calculator may be different than your actual charges. Rates can be affected by factors like how much your package weighs, its dimensions, and currency conversion rates. 

Tools to calculate shipping cost

Take the guesswork out of estimating charges with our shipping calculators. Similar to the domestic and international online shipping rates calculator described above, these calculators use basic information to provide different delivery options and a reliable estimate of what you can expect to pay. Based on the shipment type, we might need you to provide information that includes:

  • Origin and destination ZIP codes 
  • Item value
  • Package weight
  • Package dimensions (length, width, and height, or box size if using FedEx packaging)
  • Whether you need insurance
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For domestic packages, international packages, and express (air) freight:

Use our rating tool to calculate your cost.

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For savings on last-minute international and U.S. package and express (air) freight shipments:

Use the FedEx® Great Rates Hotline.

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For LTL freight shipments:

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For discounted rates on last-minute international express shipments over 250 lbs.: 

Use the MyQuote tool.

 

The rates shown on these calculators may be different than your actual shipping charges. Rates can be affected by factors like how much your package weighs, its dimensions, and currency conversion rates. 

How to compare shipping options by cost

If you have an account, be sure to sign in using the Sign Up or Log In link at the top of the page before entering your shipment information. This will ensure that your estimate reflects any applicable discounts. After you’ve entered your details into the online shipping rates calculator, you’ll see your options and estimated costs. Depending on your shipment details, you might see FedEx® Retail Rates, or a tabbed view with FedEx Retail Rates and FedEx One Rate® options.

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Compare using retail rates

On the shipping options page, the choices range from premium overnight shipping to cheaper ground shipping, which provides delivery within 3 to 7 days. Click the down arrow to the right of the orange price box to see a breakdown of the cost, including applicable surcharges and fees.

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Compare using FedEx One Rate

If you’re shipping a FedEx box that weighs less than 50 lbs. or a FedEx envelope that weighs less than 10 lbs., you’ll see a tab at the top of the rates section called FedEx One Rate. FedEx One Rate is a predictable, flat-rate shipping option that can potentially be more affordable than the retail rates.

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If you’re signed into your account, click the orange box to continue creating your shipment. If you don’t have an account, you can still ship as a guest. Need more help? Find a FedEx location near you. 

How to compare shipping options by speed

When you're choosing a FedEx service, you need to find the right balance of speed and cost that fits your situation. Find the right fit, whether you're looking for the cheapest shipping or you're willing to pay a little more to get it there faster. Here are many of our popular domestic shipping options. For a full list, explore our service options.

Day-definite delivery within 1-5 business days

Third-business-day delivery

Second-business-day delivery

Next-business-day delivery by 3 p.m. to most areas

Next-business-day delivery by 10:30 a.m. to most areas

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Shipping for business? FedEx Ground is an economical option, especially if you're shipping to a nearby destination. It can arrive as quickly as FedEx Express in some situations, in as few as one to two days.

Ways to save on FedEx shipping

Whether you’re sending personal shipments occasionally or you’re a regular business shipper, you’ll find tips below on how to spend less. 

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Open a free account 

This is the easiest way to start getting discounts on your shipments. When you sign up for your free account, you’ll save up to: 

  • 30% on FedEx Express® U.S., domestic, international, and returns services
  • 15% on FedEx Ground® shipping and FedEx Home Delivery® services, including returns services
  • 70% on FedEx Freight® less-than-truckload services
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Watch for shipping coupons

Bookmark our coupons and offers page for discounts on different FedEx services, including shipping and printing. 

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Sign up for My FedEx Rewards*

Take advantage of exclusive offers, get discounts, and earn rewards like gift cards and merchandise when you sign up for My FedEx Rewards.

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Streamline and simplify your shipping 

Learn how to choose the right service, minimize dim weight, pick the optimal packaging size, and even automate your pickups and processes with our guide to efficient shipping.  

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Choose your shipping service strategically

The service you choose has a big impact on how much you’ll pay to ship your package. Compare our services to find the right balance of speed and cost. 

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Reduce theft risk

When you choose FedEx Hold at Location, you can have your package held at thousands of secure retail locations. This reduces the risk of theft and allows you to pick it up when and where it's convenient for you. You can even re-route your package mid-shipment with FedEx Delivery Manager.

Extra shipping support

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Packing shipments isn’t always easy. We can help, whether you need guidance on packaging materials or you want a pro to pack your shipment for you.

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Want to pack it yourself? Get complimentary packaging for your FedEx Express shipments or buy supplies like cushioning, tape, and specialty boxes.

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Ready to ship? Just pack your box, attach the label, and drop it off at one of 60,000+ locations. You can choose from retail and contactless FedEx Drop Box options.

Answers to your questions about estimating shipping costs

Shipping estimates

Why does my price say “estimated”?

Our online shipping rates calculator estimates shipping cost based on the information you input, like how much the package weighs, its dimensions, the currency conversion rate (if you’re shipping internationally), and other factors. Your charges could be different from the estimate if any of these factors change. 

 

Why was my final shipment price more than originally quoted? 

Charges at the time of shipment might be different than those estimated if the package weight, dimensions, origin, destination, currency conversion rate, or other factors change between the time a customer receives an estimate and the time they actually ship the package. Be sure you enter the correct information into the online shipping rates calculator. If you’re not sure of the weight or dimensions, consider buying a small scale and measuring your shipments with a tape measure or ruler. You can download a measuring app onto your smartphone if needed. Doing these things should help you enter more accurate information into the calculator for better estimates in the future. 

Shipping cost

How much does it cost to ship with FedEx? Which service is the cheapest?

We base your rate on factors like how far your package has to travel (using ZIP codes or postal codes, depending on international destinations/origins), how quickly you need it to arrive, how big it is, how much it weighs, and whether or not you choose shipping insurance. Use our free online shipping rates calculator to estimate your shipping cost, compare options, and find the cheapest way to ship.

 

Why do rates change?

Online shipping estimates can be affected by many different factors. Changes in fuel costs, delivery and pickup conditions, special handling requirements, holiday package volumes, and special circumstances that affect network capacity (like COVID-19) can cause prices to fluctuate. And keep in mind, the prices generated by our calculators are just estimates. They’re based on the variables you enter, like your package’s weight and your shipment’s origin and destination ZIP codes. If any of those factors change between the time you request your estimate and the time you ship your package, the actual price will be different from what was estimated. See current rates or find out about current surcharges and fees that could affect your rates.

 

How much will it cost to pay for a return shipment?

Returns are common, especially with customers buying so much online. Return shipment costs vary. (If you receive a pre-printed label or code from the shipper, your return shipment may even be free.) We’ll tell you everything you need to know. Find out how to return a package with FedEx

 

How can I save on shipping for myself or my business?

There are several ways to reduce your shipping costs to make them more affordable, whether they’re personal or for business. Sign up for a free FedEx account to get discounts when shipping express, ground, or freight. Stay tuned for coupons. Sign up for My FedEx Rewards for exclusive offers. Always compare and choose the right shipping options for your situation. And get tips on how to become an efficient shipper.  

Packaging

Does the packaging I use affect my cost?

Yes. The size of the box should accommodate your items and enough cushioning or packaging material to protect it. But your box shouldn’t be bigger than it needs to be, since that can drive up the cost needlessly. 

Your shipping price is based on either the dimensional weight (dim weight) or actual package weight—whichever is greater. (Dim weight reflects a package’s density—that is, the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight.) Find out more about dim weight or get expert packing tips.  

Package pickups

Will FedEx pick up my shipment?

Yes. You can either request a one-time pickup or, if you ship more regularly, you can schedule recurring pickups. This is a popular option for high-volume shippers. Get the details on scheduling a pickup

International shipments

How much does it cost to ship internationally?

International shipping is more complex than domestic. Shipping costs are based on the destination country, what you’re shipping, and how much the package weighs, among other factors. International fees, duties, and taxes might also cause your shipping costs to be higher. If you have some basic information about your shipment, you can enter it into our free international shipping tool to get an estimate of what you’ll pay, including duties and taxes. 

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