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Tips for Calculating Shipping Costs

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Calculating shipping costs can be a challenge, especially if you have to ship items that are an odd size or have to go long distances. Expedited shipping can raise the price considerably, so always plan ahead and account for several days travel time. There are a few things to consider when you are preparing your package for shipment.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of your item are the two determining factors in determining shipping costs. The larger the package, the more space it takes up during transit. Heavier packages add overall weight to a shipment and require more fuel to be used during shipping.


While distance, plays a role, it’s secondary to the size and weight of the package. The longer the package is in transit, the more fuel and man-hours it takes to handle it. If you change from traditional shipping to flat rate, distance doesn’t factor in as much unless your package is being shipped internationally.

Flat Rate Shipping

Flat rate shipping is now being offered by many carriers for small and mid-size packages. This allows small, heavier packages to be shipped for a flat rate instead of being charged by weight. Flat rate packages can also be sent as priority or with expedited shipping for an additional fee.

Your shipping costs will dramatically affect the overall cost of your product. Talk to your preferred carrier and get a list of shipping prices and if they offer flat rate shipping for your smaller to mid-size packages. Some carriers have a shipping calculator on their website that will make the process much easier and will save you the time and trouble of having to do the math.

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