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How To Ship a Package

New to shipping or need a refresher? Learn how to ship a package with UPS from these easy steps.

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Get Your Package Ready

First things first - you need to pack your items in a sturdy box. If you don’t have one, you can buy one at UPS Shipping Centers.

  • Seal your box with plastic or nylon tape at least two inches wide. Don’t use duct tape.
  • Wrap items separately and use cushioning material. Get packaging tips.
  • Keep in mind, there are additional rules for special-care and prohibited items.
  • You’ll need to know the dimensions and weight of your box.

Help! I don’t know how to weigh my package.

You can weigh yourself while holding the package, and then weigh yourself alone. Subtract one from the other to get the weight of your package.

Create a Shipping Label

You could always take your package to UPS Shipping Centers, but it’s easy to make a label online, too. You can:

  • Choose how fast you want your package to arrive.
  • See how much it will cost.
  • Pay by card or PayPal, or pay at a UPS location.
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Help! I don’t have a printer.

If you don’t have a printer, you can always:

  • Scan and print by mobile barcode at a UPS location; or
  • Email the label and print it later.

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Almost done! You’ve got three options to get your package to UPS:

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