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Shipping rods...what I learned #12822054
07/10/18 12:06 AM
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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.

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Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3] #12822116
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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.

Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3] #12822131
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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.

Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3] #12822281
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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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Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3] #12822398
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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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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.

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Yep I've been told the same thing by UPS. Exact same thing.


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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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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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Re: Shipping rods...what I learned [Re: EJ3] #12823170
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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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