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If one pays for transportation of oneself a fare has been paid. What is paid if the transportation is of a non-person object (a parcel, a letter, a vegetable, a box of rocks)?

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Here's fare for a package, but probably you'd usually pay the carriage for non-humans (especially if unaccompanied). – FumbleFingers Jan 27 '12 at 18:19
Thats kind of what I was thinking as freight would seem to only apply to a larger/consigned service. However, 'carriage' would seem to be the act of conveyance. 'Carriage Fee/Charge/Price' would be less ambiguous but I am looking for a single word (to be used as a label for an amount charged for an instance of conveyance.) – Don Graziano Jan 27 '12 at 18:25
Google Books has plenty of instances of pay (the) carriage for (something). There's no requirement for it to be followed by fee/price. – FumbleFingers Jan 27 '12 at 18:29
Through the post, it would be postage. – Brett Reynolds Jan 27 '12 at 18:30
@FumbleFingers I'll buy it. Post your solution as an Answer & I'll accept it. Thanks for your help. – Don Graziano Jan 27 '12 at 18:43
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Depending on the manner in which the item is transported, you could pay

  • freight
  • shipping
  • postage
  • carriage
  • haulage
  • delivery
  • any of the above in conjunction with fee, charge, etc.
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carriage is the word I was looking for I believe – Don Graziano Sep 6 '13 at 8:14

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