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FedEx SmartPost Dimensional Weight (DIM) & 71 lb plus rates

By Last updated on: March 8, 2021

Effective January 22, 2018, FedEx will apply dimensional weight pricing with a dimensional divisor of 139. Plus a per pound rate to all packages over 71 lbs on all SmartPost (FedEx Ground Economy) packages. Dimensional weights are of course (length x width x height) divided by a DIM factor. The DIM factor is set by default at 139. Since the beginning of the service offering, DIM weights have not applied to SmartPost. Our customers have increasingly been enticed from Ground and Home Delivery services to the lower price option of SurePost. This service might not be as cost-effective as before.

FedEx Per Lb rate for 71 Lbs up

FedEx SmartPost will also introduce per-pound rates for packages rated above 71 lbs. The shipping charges for a FedEx SmartPost Oversize package will be based on the greatest of the package’s actual rounded weight, dimensional weight, and 71 lbs.

What is FedEx SmartPost?

FedEx Ground Economy, formerly FedEx SmartPost is a service option that utilizes the infrastructure of FedEx while relying on the U.S. Postal Service to provide final delivery to your customer.  Packages are typically delivered in 2–7 business days based on the distance to the destination. There is no charge for residential or Saturday delivery, but the time in transit is greater than ground services.

Effective on Jan. 1, 2018, get ready for these additional changes.  

  • A Third Party Billing Surcharge of 2.5% will apply to shipments that are billed to a third party.
  • Non-Machinable Surcharge for all services will increase from $2.75 to $2.90 per package.
  • Package Relabel Surcharge will increase from $0.50 to $0.60.
  • Delivery Area Surcharge will increase. $1.20 to $1.30 and $1.70 to $1.85 per package for shipments in the contiguous U.S., Alaska & Hawaii.

In 2015, UPS subjected all SurePost packages to dimensional weight charges. SurePost packages follow the same dimensional weight formula as UPS Ground, UPS has not yet come out with the 2018 rate and fee changes.

FedEx SmartPost Media Zones and Rates 2018

Effective March 8, 2021:

FedEx SmartPost and FedEx SmartPost Returns will now be known as FedEx Ground Economy, and FedEx Ground Economy Returns. FedEx will still provide the same residential shipping for low-weight packages. It just has a new name: FedEx Ground Economy, formerly FedEx SmartPost.

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Brian Gibbs founded Refund Retriever in 2006 while running his first eBay-based business and seeing the shortcomings of other shipment auditing companies. Refund Retriever's primary focus is FedEx and UPS parcel invoice auditing. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001, he graduated from the University of Houston in 2004 with a JD and MBA. Gibbs has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and other publications discussing parcel auditing, shipping, e-commerce, and more. Learn more at or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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