UPS Ground Shipping is the cheapest shipping service UPS offers.
Although UPS ships to all 50 U.S. states, since Hawaii is overseas, it has us wondering whether they offer UPS ground shipping to Hawaii. We looked into it and this is what we uncovered…
Does UPS Ground Ship To Hawaii?
United Parcel Service (UPS) certainly does ground ship to Hawaii regardless of the fact that Hawaii is an “overseas” state. UPS made ground shipping available in all 50 states across America early in 2021.
Traditionally USPS (US Postal Service) has been the only carrier that regarded Hawaii as just another state. This meant that choosing USPS saved on surcharge fees associated with the “overseas” shipping classification of other carriers.
The US Postal Service classifies Hawaii as zone 8, which means consumers only pay domestic shipping rates.
The availability of UPS ground shipping to Hawaii has been a subject of enquiry for some time because Hawaii is one of the non-contiguous American states.
What Is UPS Ground Shipping?
Ground shipping technically means delivery “on the ground” or delivery via road. This classification excluded delivery by air.
Ground shipping is one of the more cost-effective shipment options available from UPS. This is because packages and parcels are transported in trucks or freight trains rather than by air.
UPS states that all ground shipping packages will arrive within five business days. The countdown begins when your package is picked up by UPS and scanned into their delivery system.
Ground shipping to Hawaii with UPS actually uses a combination of the considerably cheaper ground travel and air travel (for the final leg of the journey). This applies to shipping to Alaska also.
How Does UPS Ground Ship To Hawaii?
Even though shipping to Hawaii must obviously be completed by air, the most part of the shipping will be accomplished by road.
The process is still referred to as “ground shipping” in order to distinguish it from UPS “expedited” or “speed shipping”, which is faster but more expensive.
The cheapest way to ground ship to Hawaii is still with the US Postal Service, however, this only applies if your package is under the 70lb weight limit. If your delivery weighs more than this, UPS is definitely the next best option.
Not also though, that UPS also has a weight limit: they’ve applied a limit of 150lbs per package.
How Long Does Ground Shipping Take To Get To Hawaii?
UPS provide different delivery options to all 50 US states, which include Hawaii. Shipping time will depend on the speed of the service you choose and the destination of your delivery.
UPS shipping services include urgent delivery (more expensive) to the slower, more cost effective options – such as ground shipping.
Bear in mind that interruptions, including holidays, weekends, transport delays and weather patterns will all have a bearing on the carrier’s ability to maintain delivery deadlines.
When working out how long your shipment to Hawaii is going to take, it’s best to use the UPS ground map.
Here, you enter where the package was shipped from (or to) and click on submit. The map will illustrates the number of transit days for your ground package within the United States (and Puerto Rico) and including Hawaii.
Depending on where the package is coming from, transit can take anywhere up to seven days.
Does UPS Ship Next Day Air To Hawaii?
“Next day air” by UPS is a delivery service offered for shipments that need to get somewhere by the next day. Ups offer this service to all US states including Hawaii.
Note that both Hawaii and Alaska are subject to “some limitations”, and these limitations seem to apply on the specific destination of each package.
The cost of shipping depends on the destination, size and weight of your package(s).
UPS state that “Next Day Air” is a time-definite service. This means that your shipment will arrive on time – or you will get your money back.
They also claim to serve more zip codes and businesses than FedEx Priority Overnight, a similar shipping service.
What Other Domestic Delivery Options Does UPS Offer?
UPS offer delivery services to meet the changing needs of consumers, and these include:
- UPS ground delivery – shipping time depends on destination but usually within five days
- UPS 3-day select – shipping takes up to three days
- UPS 2nd day air – for packages that need to arrive within 2 days
- UPS 2nd day air AM – for packages which need a second day morning delivery
- UPS next day air – for overnight delivery
- UPS next day air saver – for overnight afternoon delivery
- UPS next day air early – for overnight morning delivery
- UPS express critical – an end of day delivery (to all fifty states)
United Parcel Service is a global shipping company based in America, and which offer an increasing number of domestic and international shipping options. Negotiating these can be confusing at best, especially as new services and options are added.
Ground shipping is of especial value to consumers because it is cost effective, yet efficient and reliable, and the addition of Hawaii to USP ground shipping delivery destinations was more than welcomed.