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Packaging Guidelines

The following are general packaging guidelines that will help you prepare your package for shipping. Select a link below to learn more.

Guidelines for Good Packaging

You can help to ensure that your package arrives safely and on time with these packaging guidelines and procedures developed from UPS research.

  • Use a rigid box with flaps intact
  • Remove any labels, hazardous materials indicators, and other previous shipment markings on the box that are no longer applicable
  • Wrap all items separately
  • Use adequate cushioning material
  • Use strong tape designed for shipping
  • Do not use string or paper over-wrap
  • Use a single address label that has clear, complete delivery and return information
  • Place a duplicate address label inside the package
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Guidelines for Pallet Shipments

If you use UPS Worldwide Express Freight™ and Air Freight to ship pallets, follow these guidelines to ensure its safe and on time arrival.

  • Quality pallets are typically made of wood or plastic. Select one sturdy enough to support your shipment.
  • Use boxes or cartons of sufficient strength. Stack them in columns on the pallet.
  • Secure all boxes to the pallet with stretch wrap (minimum 60 gauge).
  • For international shipments, individual items weighing over 68 Kilograms (150 pounds) should be secured to the pallet with either steel or poly strapping.
  • Label each pallet in your shipment with complete address information ( include postal codes) and phone numbers for the shipper and consignee.
  • For UPS Worldwide Express Freight, the maximum size for export shipments varies based on the destination country. For international shipments, the maximum weight of a pallet varies by origin and/or destination. Prior approval is required for shipments weighing over 1,995 Kilograms (4,400 pounds).

Packaging Supplies

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How to Determine Weight and Size

UPS has established specific weight and size limits for the packages and pallets that you send with all UPS services. For more information about specific weight and size restrictions, select the link below.

Weight and Size Limits

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