The following are general packaging guidelines that will help you prepare your package for shipping. Select a link below to learn more.
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If you are palletising your shipment for UPS Worldwide Express Freight™ and Air Freight, follow these guidelines and procedures to ensure that your pallet arrives safely and on time.
Select a sturdy pallet that is strong enough to support the load of your shipment (quality pallets are typically made of either wood or plastic and can weigh between 20 and 70 pounds)
Choose boxes or cartons of proper strength and stack them in columns on the pallet
Use stretch wrap (60 gauge minimum) to secure all boxes in your shipment to the pallet
Secure individual pieces over 150 pounds to the pallet with either metal strapping or unbreakable plastic straps applied around the box or skid freight on all sides for all shipments to and from the United States
Label each pallet in your shipment with telephone numbers and complete address information, including the postal codes for the shipper and the 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 may vary by destination or origin. Shipments that weigh over 4,400 pounds require prior approval.
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