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Shipping Freight vs. UPS or FedEx Ground

Choosing between UPS Ground and freight shipping largely depends on the specific needs of the shipment. Here are some key considerations to help you decide:

1. **Size and Weight**:
- **UPS Ground**: Typically used for smaller parcels. While weight limits can vary, UPS Ground generally has a maximum weight limit of 150 lbs. per package.
- **Freight**: More suitable for large or heavy shipments, typically those weighing over 150 lbs. or those with oversized dimensions.

2. **Quantity**:
- **UPS Ground**: Ideal for shipping individual packages or a small number of parcels.
- **Freight**: Best for shipping palletized goods or large quantities at once.

3. **Cost**:
- **UPS Ground**: Can be more cost-effective for smaller, lighter shipments.
- **Freight**: While the initial cost can be higher, the price per pound usually decreases as the total shipment weight increases, making it more economical for large shipments.

4. **Delivery Speed**:
- **UPS Ground**: Offers reliable and relatively fast delivery for small parcels. Delivery times can vary depending on the distance between the origin and destination.
- **Freight**: Depending on the service level you choose (LTL, FTL, expedited freight), delivery might be slower or faster. Expedited freight can be quick, but LTL (Less-than-Truckload) can sometimes be slower due to multiple stops and transfers.

5. **Destination**:
- **UPS Ground**: Suitable for both residential and commercial deliveries.
- **Freight**: Typically used for business-to-business shipments, but residential deliveries are possible, though they may incur additional charges and need special arrangements for unloading.

6. **Handling and Safety**:
- **UPS Ground**: Packages are often handled multiple times, which might only be suitable for fragile items without proper packaging.
- **Freight**: Shipments, especially those palletized, are generally handled less frequently, reducing the risk of damage. However, the shipment may transfer between trucks, which can be a point of risk.

7. **Additional Services**:
- **Freight**: Offers various additional services, such as liftgate service, inside delivery, and notification services, which can be beneficial for certain shipments.

8. **Space Availability**:
- **Freight**: During peak times, finding available space on a truck can be challenging. Booking in advance or being flexible with shipping dates can help.