[ic] shipping charges and weights...

Eric Small interchange at ericsmall.com
Wed May 19 21:16:10 EDT 2004

Scott Martin wrote:

>Hi List,
>We have been shipping with FedEx FREIGHT for shipments above 150 Pounds
>(Bricks & Mortar). Does fedex provide something for looking up the costs
>like the UPS tables.(Did UPS Provide those for interchange or did someone
>from the interchange group write them?) I am currnetly trying to build a
>catalog of Industrial products which range from 2 lbs to well over 1000 lbs.
>per product & was wondering how to accomplish this? It would be nice to have
>LTL truckload pricing tables to work from!
>Scott Martin
Wow, someone looking for the same thing I have been!  I doubt you will 
find pricing/zone tables for
 LTL shipping.  According to the information supplied by the shipping 
director at my place of
 employment it's pretty much impossible to accurately price trucking 
costs.  There are too many
 variables, like ship date, fuel surcharges (which can vary day to day), 

The best candidate I've found for a price quoting system is this:

I don't know Perl well enough to do anything with it though.
The option I've ended up going with for now to handle heavy shipments is 
adding two "free" options.
 One for Ship Collect (customer supplies their shipping account number) 
and another for PPA
 (pre-pay & add; we pay shipping then bill customer for actual shipping 

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