Most expensive shipment you have seen.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by scisector9, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. scisector9

    scisector9 Active Member

    I'm a year into driving and have always been curious about shipping costs for our customers. I only know about 13 routes but I have a few I cover frequently so I've started asking customers about their costs to ship certain packages.

    Today I picked up a 140 lb international standard package cost for shipping around 300 dollars. Also had a saver 148 lbs from a different shipper price was 400ish and to have it NDA was over 500. I know larger shippers get breaks and customers get kick backs based on volume but the whole pricing process intrigues me.

    What is the largest price tag you have seen to ship a package or what's the highest declared value you have seen? Saw one package declared around 15k...

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  2. Bottom rung

    Bottom rung Active Member

    Declared value. $380,000 international, thats where the big dollars are. I've heard of stuff over 500k from the same shipper.

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    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    A year driving and you already know 13 routes?!! Wish they did that with newbies in my center.

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    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    I've picked up a 12k. From a jewelry store.

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  5. Notretiredyet

    Notretiredyet Active Member

    Holy crap, make sure you get those signed off ASAP and every time you get one. I've seen drivers pay thousands for not following DV procedures. I get a lot of them on a regular basis yesterday had one for 34k.
  6. scisector9

    scisector9 Active Member

  7. You have to kinda take a crap out there to do that.
  8. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    I don't know what the shipments cost, and I also do not care. As long as my paycheck clears, I'm fine.
  9. fingerblast71

    fingerblast71 New Member

    Not sure what the shipping cost was but last week i delivered $7.3 million worth of pension plan payout cheques.

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  10. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I had one package I picked up that was $45k and I regularly deliver a woman's cancer meds and she says the insurance company is billed $30k for that large cooler full of drugs.
  11. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Had 130+ lbs crate nda early am across the country that was I think $1200 to ship. The company had to hold off shipping it a day because they had to get permission from corporate to spend over $1000.
  12. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Which can't be insured for anything.

    Had a company want to insure a 12k check. Sup said sorry that physical check is worth a couple cents that's it.
  13. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    Highest cost for a single pkg was around $1600 and this was eight years ago, 140 lbs early am to saudi arabia. Highest value was a $65,000 digital projector. Highest value on a shipment were 12 pks $20,000 each, glass sonar tubes going to the navy. Route at the time was near the building went back to building and droped them off before finishing rest of pick ups that day

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  14. 9.5er

    9.5er Well-Known Member

    A box is a box. I could care less what is in it and what it cost.
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    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Sorry I don't know what you mean. There's about 5 rookies hired within the year and I know more routes than they do combined.

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  16. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Had a 15K piece of machine equipment sent out to be worked on. It came back in the same container it went out in but was cracked and had a huge hole that someone put cardboard over and a roll of tape. Customer wasn't happy.

    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Delivered digital projectors to a movie theater when they switched to all digital. It was about 25 of them. Must of been a nice chunk of change.

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  18. You need to learn the concept of go slow make more dough. Go fast and get to learn every last route.

    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Not at all. I was a terrible driver my first year. Didn't stop management from sending me and other fellow rookies out blind. It used to be least senior drivers would go out blind the most. Now they only force new drivers to go blind as a last recourse. Management is only screwing themselves.

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  20. OLDMAN3

    OLDMAN3 Guest

    I used to pickup a place that melted down unsold gold jewelry from a major national retail chain. About 50 lbs of gold a day picked up in 1 to 8 oz boxes. That's about 1 million a day at today's prices. I could not wait to loose that pickup.
    Scariest pickup was a outfit that sent out semi-automatic machine guns...about 100 a day. They were located in a bad part of town, and in the winter it was dark out at pickup time.