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Weight and Size

How To Measure Your Package Size

Girth, represented by number 1 on the diagram, is the distance completely around your package or object at its widest point, perpendicular to the length.

Length, represented by number 2 on the diagram, is the longest side of your package or object.

Add the length and girth measurements together to get your total package size.

How to Measure Girth and Length
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Weight and Size Limits for Packages

UPS has established specific weight and size limits for the packages that you send with all UPS services. The restrictions below only pertain to individual packages. There are no limits to the total weight of your shipment or the total number of packages in your shipment.

  • Packages can be up to 150 lbs
  • Packages can be up to 165 inches in length and girth combined
  • Packages can be up to 274 cm in length
  • Packages that weigh more than 70 lbs require a special heavy-package label
  • Packages with a large size-to-weight ratio require special pricing and dimensional weight calculations


The limits listed above apply to most packages and destinations, but there are some variances because of different local restrictions in some countries. Please contact UPS for more details.

Packages Over 70 Lbs.

Dimensional Weight

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How to Determine the Billable Weight of Your Pallet

Billable weight is the weight used to calculate the rate. The billable weight will be the greater of the dimensional weight, actual weight, and minimum billable weight. The minimum billable shipment weight is 151 pounds.

To determine billable weight:

Step 1. Determine actual weight. Actual weight is the weight of the items on the pallet and the weight of the pallet rounded up to the next whole pound.

  • Use a scale to determine the weight. Round up any fraction of a pound to the next whole pound.


Step 2. Determine dimensional weight. Dimensional weight reflects pallet density, which is the amount of space a pallet occupies in relation to its actual weight. Dimensional weight may apply to all UPS Worldwide Express Freight shipments.

  • Determine the pallet dimensions in inches. For each dimension, measure at the longest point, rounding each measurement to the next whole number (e.g. 1.00 to 1.49 will be considered 1, and 1.50 to 1.99 will be considered 2).
  • Multiply the pallet length by the width by the height. The result is the cubic size in inches.
  • For export and import shipments, divide the cubic size by 139 when measured in inches to determine the dimensional weight. Increase any fraction to the next whole pound.


Step 3. Determine billable weight.

  • Compare the pallet's actual weight to its dimensional weight and minimum billable weight. The greater of the three is the billable weight and should be used to calculate the rate. For multiple-pallet shipments, the minimum billable shipment weight is 151 pounds.

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