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#1 posted 01-19-2014 01:46 AM

I actually had to ship a pretty large 4’x8’ crate of templates from Texas to Minnesota for my job. It wasn’t easy, but it was far less confusing second time around. But, it is one of those things where you show up to ship something and ask them for help and they look at you like you aren’t speaking english. Then you say “I need to ship this big huge box to Minnesota. I have no idea how to do it. Since you are Fed Ex, I assume you can ship large boxes, correct? OK, then please help me do it”. Sort of a a spell it out for them thing. I assume they are pretty used to the automated stuff, so just showing up with a huge box sort of throws them off. Once they grasp what you are trying to do, they are generally relatively helpful.

I found that I did have to drive to a Freight shipping location, which sort of resembles a combination of a prison, a jail, and an airport. It took about an hour from arrival to departure. I shipped a 4’ x 8’ x 6” thick crate weighing around 200 lbs on two different occasions. I believe the cost was around $160 each time. That was without insurance and without any special “fragile” charges if they exist.

That has been my real-world shipping experience. If you think this is going to be happening frequently, I think Lee’s advice on having some reps visit you is a good idea. I might give that a shot if I were you.

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