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How To Prepare for Shipping
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4. Use Proper Labeling


Step 4. Use Proper Labeling
For fast and efficient delivery, keep these points in mind when labeling your package:

  • Always include the recipientĀ“s postal code with the complete street address. For international shipments, include a contact name, telephone number, and postal code.
  • You must make every effort to obtain a street address. If a shipper should use a P.O. Box address, the recipientĀ“s telephone number must be included on the label. Your package that is addressed to a P.O. Box may be delayed, will not be covered by any UPS Service Guarantee, and will require an address correction charge. Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses are not accepted.
  • Please include the apartment or unit number, if applicable.
  • Place the shipping label on the top of the package. To avoid confusion, place only one address label on the package. If you are using a packing slip, place it on the same surface of the package as the address label.
  • Do not place the label over a seam or closure or on top of sealing tape.
  • Remove or cross out old labels or markings on a used box.
  • Always include your complete return address, including full street address and postal code. For international shipments, include a contact name, telephone number, and postal code.
  • Place a duplicate label or other form of identification inside your package.

Note:
If you are using a mailing tube, place the label horizontally, with each end of the label pointing toward the ends of the tube, so the bar code can be scanned.

Note: The smart labels produced by UPS WorldShip®, UPS Internet Shipping, and UPS OnLine Compatible Vendor shipping systems include bar codes and routing codes that help ensure accurate routing and prompt delivery of your shipments. In addition, the use of smart labels allows you fast access to tracking and delivery information.
UPS Smart Labels



Note: UPS does not provide special handling for packages with "Fragile", package orientation (e.g., "UP" arrows or "This End Up" markings), or any other similar such markings.

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