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FedEx Rate Finder from a website... FDXRateAvailableServicesRequest ... Dimensional Weight?

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I finally got our account thrown into the "Development Pool" on the FedEx test server so I could start testing to implement live rate quotes on our website.

I am currently toying the FDXRateAvailableServicesRequest method. I don't see anything defined in the FDXRateAvailableServicesRequest.xsd file from FedEx to indicate a way to pass dimensional weight to FedEx. However, when I get the reply back there is a "DimWeightUsed" attribute and it is set to false. Which leads me to believe that it IS possible to use dimensional weight when requesting a rate quote.

Does anybody know how to implement rate quotes via dimensional weight for FedEx shipping? Am I using the wrong method?

The only possible attributes I can see in the FDXRateAvailableServicesRequest method is:

</WeightUnits>
</Weight>

Thanks in advance...
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by:Steve Bink
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I would say you need to speak with FedEx to find out.  That is a proprietary bit of code they made, and if the information is not in their publicly available DKs, there must be a reason for it.  My personal experiences with them (especially concerning online activities) have shown them to be VERY territorial.
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The word "dimensional" does not occur once in the pdf. They only talk about the </DimWeight> attribute and how it is a boolean indicating if DimWeight is being used.
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DimWeightUsed does.
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‘true’ or ‘1’ if the dimmed weight was used to derive freight charges.
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by:rocketTendon
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Right... but that is no help... I want to know HOW to use dimensional weight... Hence my previous post..

"They only talk about the </DimWeight> attribute and how it is a boolean indicating if DimWeight is being used."

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DimWeightUsed is a boolean value indicating that DimWeight (which is a decimal with a max length of 6.1) is being used.
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You are looking at the reply that comes back... not how to issue a request. Which is what I am after.
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Gotcha.
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I figured it out...

There is a Dimensions attribute... when these are passed, dimensional weight is used.

<Dimensions>
   <Units>IN</Units>
   <Length>15</Length>
   <Width>24</Width>
   <Height>46</Height>
</Dimensions>
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The answer was found in http://www.fedex.com/us/solutions/wis/pdf/xml_transguide.pdf?link=4 ... thanks for pointing me to the right document.
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