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North American Air Freight

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    Next day, 2nd-day and 3-day time-definite options
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    Planes in the world’s second-largest cargo airline
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    Service centers in North America
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    Owned and operated pickup and delivery network

North American Air Freight Shipping Options

Sometimes you just need to get it there, fast. Whether it has to be there today, or it's urgent but you have a little bit of wiggle room, we can efficiently and economically move your goods within and between the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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    UPS Express Critical®

    Next-flight-out service within North America and between major metropolitan areas worldwide; available 24/7/365.

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    UPS Next Day Air® Freight

    Guaranteed and non-guaranteed next-business-day delivery by noon or 5 P.M., depending on the destination.*

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    UPS 2nd Day Air® Freight

    Guaranteed and non-guaranteed second-business-day delivery by noon or 5 P.M., depending on the destination.*

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    UPS 3 Day Freight

    Guaranteed and non-guaranteed delivery within 3-4 business days.*

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Compare North American Air Freight Shipping Options

We've made it easy to choose the right option for your business.
Option Service Level Speed Reach Cargo Type
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UPS Express Critical®

Next flight out


U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Ideal for >150 pounds, palletized or non-palletized
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UPS Next Day Air® Freight

Guaranteed & non-guaranteed

Next day

U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Ideal for >150 pounds, palletized or non-palletized
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UPS 2nd Day Air® Freight

Guaranteed & non-guaranteed

2 days

U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Ideal for >150 pounds, palletized or non-palletized
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UPS 3 Day Freight

Guaranteed & non-guaranteed*

3-4 days

U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Ideal for >150 pounds, palletized or non-palletized

*Non-guaranteed service only available from Puerto Rico.

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North American Air Freight Value-Added Services

Sure, we'll move your freight from here to there. UPS Supply Chain Solutions also offers a suite of support services that have helped companies cross new borders for 100+ years.
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Customs clearance and global trade laws can seem complex, even scary. Don’t worry. We’ll be right there with you.

We didn’t get to be one of the world’s largest customs brokers overnight. We’ve been in transportation and logistics for more than 110 years, so we’re always on the front lines of customs brokerage. Today we share those capabilities with growing companies of all sizes looking to open new markets. So, whether you're shipping air, ocean or ground, it’s our goal to help you navigate global customs and reduce the risk of delays or penalties.

We’re committed to going above and beyond other brokers. It’s what makes us different. We don’t want you to worry about clearance surprises or service interruptions. That’s why, wherever we do business, we help inform and lead trade policy. We want to make sure our customers’ and the trade community’s best interests are well represented. That ensures we (and you) are always up-to-speed on the latest rules and regulations of global trade.

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When you have to ship dangerous goods, count on a shipping company that specializes in it.

Improperly shipping dangerous goods can be costly financially, to your reputation and to your ability to ship. Dangerous goods are defined as articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment, and which are shown in the Dangerous Goods Regulations lists. Shipment of dangerous goods by air is highly regulated. Specific processes and procedures must be followed for documentation, package marking and labeling, as well as shipment handling. And it’s important to understand the responsibilities of all parties involved with shipping dangerous goods.

If this sounds ominous or complex, relax, we’re here to help. Our dangerous goods transportation solutions are simple to understand and easy to use. They give you the flexibility to ship more categories to more countries, with more delivery choices that balance speed with affordable cost. All with a very high level of confidence.

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Liability protection for your shipments.

Declared value enables you to easily increase the maximum liability of UPS Supply Chain Solutions for a shipment that is lost or damaged. In accordance with industry norms and to facilitate low rates, UPS Supply Chain Solutions limits its liability on shipments by default. However, you may choose to declare a higher liability value for your shipment and even actual value, up to certain maximum amounts dependent upon commodity and region. Simply enter a declared value for greater liability where designated in your shipping system and pay an additional charge. Declared value is not insurance and is still contingent upon liability of UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Learn more about the liability of UPS Supply Chain Solutions and available declared value options by reviewing our air freight terms and conditions of contract Here.

Those customers wanting the broader protection of cargo insurance may purchase it directly from our affiliate UPS Capital®, which offers cargo insurance solutions for UPS and non-UPS shipments. Learn more about this service Here.

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Insurance that provides real protection. And pays when you need it to. (That’s the best part!)

When bad things happen to good cargo, you need good protection. Unpredictable events like damage, loss and delay to your ground, air and ocean freight shipments can not only hurt your bottom line, they can damage your company’s reputation. Especially if you’re relying on declared value or the carrier’s liability to cover your loss. Declaring value is fine for some shippers but if you want real peace of mind and fewer headaches, choose an all-risk cargo insurance policy from UPS Capital®.

Why UPS Capital? Because nobody understands transportation and logistics like UPS. And while you’ve probably never thought of a UPS company for insurance services, our global supply chain expertise uniquely positions us to help protect your company and your shipments from risk. It’s real insurance protection for your shipments, your bottom line and your reputation. All, with a simplified, speedy claims process that actually pays when you need it to.

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Delivery to Door service. You’re welcome!

Once your shipment arrives at its destination terminal , this optional service lets you schedule surface transport of the goods from the terminal right to the receiver's door. Easy, convenient and timely with a consistent chain of custody. Only available with UPS Air Freight Direct® and UPS Air Freight Consolidated®. An additional charge will apply.

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Save on delivery. Pick it up on your schedule.

To give you more control and convenience, our Hold at Destination Airport (HAPU) service lets you hold freight for pickup by you or your customer, right at the destination location. All that’s required is a consignee name and phone number, and all services will be billed door-to-door. No holding fees will be applied.

*Fuel surcharges are not included as part of a Guaranteed Service refund. Also, value-added service options may vary by origin, destination, and freight service selected. For more information, access the UPS Air Freight Terms and Conditions of Contract or call your local UPS service center.
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On our UPS® Forwarding Hub, get and compare quotes, book shipments, and track them end-to-end on one modern, easy-to-navigate dashboard. Get a quote to start booking today.

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