This article is part of the Mashable series: What to do when you need help applying for a FedEx Express shipping service.

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    Choose the right delivery location You might be surprised to find that FedEx Express service providers are scattered throughout the United States.

    For instance, FedEx Express operates in only seven states, while UPS operates in more than 30.

    While it’s hard to know exactly which FedEx Express provider you’ll need to get to your destination, it’s worth looking for a location that fits your needs and your budget.

    The more options you have, the more likely you are to find a service that meets your needs.

    For example, if you want to get your package to a major city, look for FedEx Express services that deliver packages to major cities.

    If you’re shopping for a delivery service, look at the company’s logo, which can show you which parts of the country they serve.

    If the company is based in a particular state, look out for FedEx delivery options that will deliver to that state.

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    Find a reliable FedEx agent If you’ve never used a FedEx agent before, here are a few tips to help you get started.

    Find your local FedEx agent Find a local FedEx location to get a free quote.

    Check the FedEx website for their delivery schedule and delivery locations.

    Talk to the driver.

    The driver will likely be very friendly and helpful.

    You can ask them questions to find out if they have any special needs or if they are familiar with your zip code.

    If they can’t help you, try calling the company directly to see if there is an agent nearby.

    Ask to speak to the representative.

    This might be the easiest way to find an agent.

    It’s best to get in touch with the representative directly so they can explain what you need.

    Ask for a shipping quote.

    You might not be able to ask for a quote right away, so ask to speak with the driver first.

    You may also want to call your local USPS, UPS, or FedEx office.

    You will need to give the person your zip number, so that they know where to send your package.

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    Prepare to pay a shipping fee This is a typical FedEx quote you might receive.

    You’ll have to pay an additional fee if you need to ship a package to another location.

    This is not the same fee you would pay for a standard FedEx delivery, and the extra fee varies depending on the service provider.

    If it’s a regular FedEx service, you’ll probably pay a flat rate of $5.00.

    If this service is a FedEx Freight Forwarder, you will pay a separate flat rate fee of $20.00 per package.

    If there are other fees associated with the delivery, check with your provider to see what those fees are.

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    Know where your packages are stored When you apply for FedEx service through your FedEx account, the company sends you a list of your delivery locations so that you can find a delivery partner that can help you secure your packages.

    Here are some tips to make your process easier: Make sure your FedEx email address and mailing address are both up-to-date.

    If your address or phone number has changed, your application may be rejected.

    If a delivery company is sending your packages to another address, you may need to fill out additional information for them.

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