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How does UPS calculate ground freight rates?

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Ground freight rates for United Parcel Service (UPS) is calculated based on zones identified by ZIP codes. The zone cost is determined by origin and destination of the package.

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UPS standard freight charges apply within the United States and Puerto Rico. All charges are based on the UPS zone system.

In order to get an estimate of the cost, a ZIP code can be entered on the UPS website. Customers can enter the ZIP code where a package is being shipped from and download a zone and rate chart. Once the destination ZIP code is entered, a customer can choose the specific service UPS offers to obtain a cost.

Duties, taxes, customs and other non-routine services are not included in standard freight shipping costs. In some cases there may be surcharges or value-added service fees added to the costs beyond the zone rates.

Optional delivery time calculations are available when the destination is identified. A tracking number is assigned to all UPS packages. The tracking number identifies where the package is located during the shipping process.

Freight charges are based on the weight of the package, the distance it is traveling and the choice of delivery time to reach its destination. In order to calculate delivery time, United States ground maps for delivery by UPS ground services are available on UPS.

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