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Business::UPS - A UPS Interface Module


  use Business::UPS;

  my ($shipping,$ups_zone,$error) = getUPS(qw/GNDCOM 23606 23607 50/);
  $error and die "ERROR: $error\n";
  print "Shipping is \$$shipping\n";
  print "UPS Zone is $ups_zone\n";

  %track = UPStrack("z10192ixj29j39");
  $track{error} and die "ERROR: $track{error}";

  # 'Delivered' or 'In-transit'
  print "This package is $track{Current Status}\n"; 


A way of sending four arguments to a module to get shipping charges that can be used in, say, a CGI.


I've tried to keep this package to a minimum, so you'll need:

  • Perl 5.003 or higher

  • LWP::UserAgent Module


Call the subroutine with the following values:

  1. Product code (see product-codes.txt)
  2. Origin Zip Code
  3. Destination Zip Code
  4. Weight of Package

and optionally:

  5.  Country Code, (see country-codes.txt)
  6.  Rate Chart (drop-off, pick-up, etc - see below)
  6.  Length,
  7.  Width,
  8.  Height,
  9.  Oversized (defined if oversized), and
  10. COD (defined if C.O.D.)
  1. Product Codes:

      1DM           Next Day Air Early AM
      1DML          Next Day Air Early AM Letter
      1DA           Next Day Air
      1DAL          Next Day Air Letter
      1DP           Next Day Air Saver
      1DPL          Next Day Air Saver Letter
      2DM           2nd Day Air A.M.
      2DA           2nd Day Air
      2DML          2nd Day Air A.M. Letter
      2DAL          2nd Day Air Letter
      3DS           3 Day Select
      GNDCOM        Ground Commercial
      GNDRES        Ground Residential
      XPR           Worldwide Express
      XDM           Worldwide Express Plus
      XPRL          Worldwide Express Letter
      XDML          Worldwide Express Plus Letter
      XPD           Worldwide Expedited

    In an HTML "option" input it might look like this:

      <OPTION VALUE="1DM">Next Day Air Early AM
      <OPTION VALUE="1DML">Next Day Air Early AM Letter
      <OPTION VALUE="1DAL">Next Day Air Letter
      <OPTION VALUE="1DP">Next Day Air Saver
      <OPTION VALUE="1DPL">Next Day Air Saver Letter
      <OPTION VALUE="2DM">2nd Day Air A.M.
      <OPTION VALUE="2DA">2nd Day Air
      <OPTION VALUE="2DML">2nd Day Air A.M. Letter
      <OPTION VALUE="2DAL">2nd Day Air Letter
      <OPTION VALUE="3DS">3 Day Select
      <OPTION VALUE="GNDCOM">Ground Commercial
      <OPTION VALUE="GNDRES">Ground Residential
  2. Origin Zip(tm) Code

    Origin Zip Code as a number or string (NOT +4 Format)

  3. Destination Zip(tm) Code

    Destination Zip Code as a number or string (NOT +4 Format)

  4. Weight

    Weight of the package in pounds

  5. Country

    Defaults to US

  6. Rate Chart

    How does the package get to UPS:

    Can be one of the following:

       Regular Daily Pickup
       On Call Air
       One Time Pickup
       Letter Center
       Customer Counter

ARGUMENTS for UPStrack()

The tracking number.

  use Business::UPS;
  %t = UPStrack("1ZX29W290250xxxxxx");
  print "This package is $track{'Current Status'}\n";


        The raw LWP::UserAgent get returns a list with the following values:

          ##  Desc              Typical Value
          --  ---------------   -------------
          0.  Name of server:   UPSOnLine3
          1.  Product code:     GNDCOM
          2.  Orig Postal:      23606
          3.  Country:          US
          4.  Dest Postal:      23607
          5.  Country:          US
          6.  Shipping Zone:    002
          7.  Weight (lbs):     50
          8.  Sub-total Cost:   7.75
          9.  Addt'l Chrgs:     0.00
          10. Total Cost:       7.75

The hash that's returned is like the following:

  'Last Updated'        => 'Jun 10 2003 12:28 P.M.'
  'Shipped On'          => 'June 9, 2003'
  'Signed By'           => 'SIGNATURE'
  'Shipped To'          => 'LOS ANGELES,CA,US'
  'Scanning'            => HASH(0x146e0c) (more later...)
  'Activity Count'      => 5
  'Weight'              => '16.00 Lbs'
  'Current Status'      => 'Delivered'
  'Location'            => 'RESIDENTIAL'
  'Service Type'        => 'STANDARD'

Notice the key 'Scanning' is a reference to a hash. (Which is a reference to another hash.)

Scanning will contain a hash with keys 1 .. (Activity Count) Each of those values is another hash, holding a reference to an activity that's happened to an item. (See example for details)

  %hash{Scanning}{1}{'location'} = 'MESQUITE,TX,US';
  %hash{Scanning}{1}{'date'} = 'Jun 10, 2003';
  %hash{Scanning}{1}{'time'} = '12:55 A.M.';
  %hash{Scanning}{1}{'activity'} = 'ARRIVAL SCAN';
  %hash{Scanning}{2}{'location'} = 'MESQUITE,TX,US';
  %hash{Scanning}{x}{'activity'} = 'DELIVERED';

NOTE: The items generally go in reverse chronological order.



To retreive the shipping of a 'Ground Commercial' Package weighing 25lbs. sent from 23001 to 24002 this package would be called like this:

  use Business::UPS;

  my ($shipping,$ups_zone,$error) = getUPS(qw/GNDCOM 23001 23002 25/);
  $error and die "ERROR: $error\n";
  print "Shipping is \$$shipping\n";
  print "UPS Zone is $ups_zone\n";

  use Business::UPS;

  %t = UPStrack("z10192ixj29j39");
  $t{error} and die "ERROR: $t{error}";
  print "This package is $t{'Current Status'}\n"; # 'Delivered' or 
                                                  # 'In-transit'
  print "More info:\n";
  foreach $key (keys %t) {
    print "KEY: $key = $t{$key}\n";

  %activities = %{$t{'Scanning'}};

  print "Package activity:\n";
  for (my $num = $t{'Activity Count'}; $num > 0; $num--)
        print "-- ITEM $num --\n";
        foreach $newkey (keys %{$activities{$num}})
                print "$newkey: $activities{$num}{$newkey}\n";


Probably lots. Contact me if you find them.


Justin Wheeler <>

This software was originally written by Mark Solomon <> (

NOTE: UPS is a registered trademark of United Parcel Service. Due to UPS licensing, using this software is not be endorsed by UPS, and may not be allowed. Use at your own risk.



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