FedEx Express is the company’s original overnight courier services, providing next day air service within the US and time-definite international service. It operates one of the largest civil aircraft fleets in the world, has the largest fleet of wide bodied civil aircraft, and carries more freight than any other airline.

fedexHow cost is calculated for FedEx shipments

One easy way to estimate shipping costs is to use our online shipping rates calculator. (If you have an account with us, be sure to sign in using the Sign Up or Log In link at the top of the page before entering your information to get the most accurate pricing.)

The calculator will ask you to provide some information about your shipment, including:
  • Where it’s coming from (by origin ZIP code)
  • Where it’s going (by destination ZIP code)
  • If it’s going to a residence
  • What kind of packaging you’re using
  • How many packages you’re sending
  • Package size and weight (including dimensions, if you’re using your own packaging)
  • When you’re sending it
Each of these factors affects your estimated cost. Below you’ll find more information on some of these factors, presented in the order you’ll see them on the online shipping rates calculator.

Calculating the dimensional weight of your shipment

The transport costs for your shipments are calculated on the basis of the total weight of all packages sent under one FedEx Air Waybill. A decisive factor for calculating the price, however, is whether the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight*.

FedEx applies:

Since 18 January 2010, shipments where dimensional weight exceeds actual weight are charged according to the following volumetric calculation:
Dimensional weight in kg per package = Length x Height x Width in cm / 5,000.
This dimensional weight calculation for FedEx Express® services applies to Europe, Middle-East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent (EMEA), EMEA export and EMEA import shipments.

Free packaging

FedEx Express packaging offers you a practical and advantageous solution. Dimensional weight standards are not applied to this packaging, providing that the dimensions have not been changed.

Tools to calculate shipping cost

Take the guesswork out of estimating charges with our shipping calculators. Similar to the domestic and international online shipping rates calculator described above, these calculators use basic information to provide different delivery options and a reliable estimate of what you can expect to pay. Based on the shipment type, we might need you to provide information that includes:

  • Origin and destination ZIP codes 
  • Item value
  • Package weight
  • Package dimensions (length, width, and height, or box size if using FedEx packaging)
  • Whether you need insurance
For domestic packages, international packages, and express (air) freight:

Use our rating tool to calculate your cost.

For savings on last-minute international and U.S. package and express (air) freight shipments:
For LTL freight shipments:
For discounted rates on last-minute international express shipments over 250 lbs.: 

Use the MyQuote tool.

The rates shown on these calculators may be different than your actual shipping charges. Rates can be affected by factors like how much your package weighs, its dimensions, and currency conversion rates.