Originally Posted by KAG
I've read through the rules for shipping with UPS and FedEx and would just like to know what should I expect in terms of charges and fees and what not for shipping non-complete firearms like receivers and frames.
If you are an 01 or 07 FFL you can ship by either common carrier or USPS. If shipping a handgun by USPS you must Declare the firearm on PS form 1508.
It is highly recommended that you use only Priority Mail if shipping USPS.
If shipping by common carrier, UPS or FedEx, long guns can ship by any method. Ground or 3 Day Select is most common.
Hand guns cannot be shipped by ground transport. You must use 2-day air or next day air.
Contrary to what some are told, hand guns do not have to ship by next day air either by UPS or FedEx.
Your rates for UPS or FedEx will vary some. A parental signature will add $2.50 to the cost of shipping. Rates are usually higher for commercial inside deliveries. There is a different surcharge for residential deliveries. It is recommended that you ship all firearms insured. $0.50/100.00.
Rates are based on package tare weight and zip code.
Rates are discounted depending on your volume. You will pay full rates for over the counter drop off to either at a Hub or a storefront location.
You may also be charged for over night air if you do not have a commercial account with a negotiated discount.