My correction: the amount declared must be $500 and over. I rarely, if ever declare an amount if it is less, so my familiarity with the exact amount was hazy. If it is less, you can opt for a signature in one of three ways from FedEx. It's sort of, but not exactly, the same as declaring it's worth if you want to make sure the intended person gets the delivery.
From the Fed Ex Service Manual:
declared Value (declared Value for Carriage for International Express Package and Freight Services)
See the Declared Value and Limits of Liability sections in the FedEx Express Terms and Conditions and the FedEx Ground Tariff for details.
The Direct Signature Required FedEx® Delivery Signature Option will automatically be applied to packages shipped within the U.S. that have a declared value equal to or greater than $500. Direct Signature Required fees will not apply for those packages.
If U.S. multiple-package shipments processed together on a FedEx® electronic shipping solution contain a package with a declared value equal to or greater than $500, Direct Signature Required will automatically be applied to the entire shipment. Direct Signature Required fees will apply only to those packages within the shipment with a declared value of less than $500. See FedEx Delivery Signature Options on p. 121 for more information.
On May 31, 2014, at 7:21 PM, Music Hunter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I think that DrG may be incorrect as we receive many parcels via FedEx
> domestic & sometimes they're left in front of our door if the delivery comes
> after hours or on a Sat. Most of our incoming deliveries are over $ 100.
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> In FedEx USA domestic, if you assign a value to the package greater than the
> default (which is $100) that automatically triggers a signature requirement,
> because you are now paying an extra fee for its value.