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#12822054 - 07/09/18 07:06 PM Shipping rods...what I learned
EJ3 Offline
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Registered: 03/01/14
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Loc: Bullard, TX
I went to ship two rods today in a 3" PVC tube. The tube was 99" long. FedEX wanted $150 to ship and UPS wanted $108 to ship. This was obviously much higher than what I expected. I knew a bigger tube would be more than shipping one rod, but not that much more. I quizzed the UPS employee and found out that 96" is the break point. If I cut the tube back to 96", shipping cost will drop to $35. Just thought I would share for future reference. I believe this is one of the only times being 3" shorter is better.

EJ3


Edited by EJ3 (07/09/18 08:52 PM)

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#12822116 - 07/09/18 07:54 PM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
Sinkey Offline
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I ship rods all the time. Both fed ex and ups are normally around $40-$50. Something sounds wrong how they weighed it and measured it.

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#12822131 - 07/09/18 08:03 PM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
EJ3 Offline
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I never quizzed FedEx, just got out of there as fast as I could after they told me $150. I figured UPS would be closer to norm, and about blew a gasket when they told me $108. At that point, I challenged them that something must be wrong. I even asked for a manager at UPS to explain why it was so expensive, and that something had to be off. At least at UPS, it was all in the length. Like I said...stay at or below 96" through UPS and you are safe.

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#12822281 - 07/09/18 09:35 PM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
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96" limit is because it then only takes up a 3" diameter space on the trucks. They are 8' tall inside the trailers.

That's my guess, anyways.
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#12822398 - 07/10/18 01:06 AM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
B.Hollingshead Offline
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This is why a lot of custom rod makers went away with 8'' rods and keep them at 7'11 or less
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#12822783 - 07/10/18 11:20 AM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
SoonerDG Offline
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This is due to how they load the plane or truck. An air cargo container is 8 feet long. Anything longer than 8 feet doesn't fit into the container and requires manual handling (loading/unloading). Thus the higher cost.


Edited by SoonerDG (07/10/18 11:24 AM)
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#12822802 - 07/10/18 11:31 AM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
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Yep I've been told the same thing by UPS. Exact same thing.
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#12822965 - 07/10/18 01:12 PM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
RandyK Offline
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yep, same with me. But the UPS guy cut the tube down for me to make it the correct length.

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#12823035 - 07/10/18 01:56 PM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: SoonerDG]
Fishinfellow Offline
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Originally Posted By: SoonerDG
This is due to how they load the plane or truck. An air cargo container is 8 feet long. Anything longer than 8 feet doesn't fit into the container and requires manual handling (loading/unloading). Thus the higher cost.


Well even if it is less than 8 feet it's still is a non-conveyable package so it requires special handling regardless.
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#12823170 - 07/10/18 03:42 PM Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3]
ChampionDon (SkeeterDon) Offline
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Cost also determined by frequency meaning discount. A once in a while person, just walk up gets no discount a rod maker or a person that ships more frequently will get a discount.
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