As of 1/1/2021, UPS will no longer accept, for transportation via Air services, shipments of package bees, but will continue to accept via Ground service where the time-in-transit of the shipment from origin to destination ZIP codes is no greater than one day. Shipments of queen bees, with their attendants, will continue to be accepted for Air and Ground services where the time in transit between origin and destination ZIP codes is no greater than one day. You can check times in transit at with the UPS Calculate Time and Cost tool.
Bees that are shipped within the traditional wooden crate with wire mesh must be enclosed in a corrugated sleeve. This sleeve must include a border of a minimum of 2 inches past each edge of the container (See diagram). This is required to prevent safety hazards from protruding wires from the mesh. UPS will also accept “Bee Bus” packaging. Any package other than described herein must be tested in accordance with the Package Testing standards described above. Note: Corrugated sleeve must overlap the edge by at least 2 inches.
The use of liquid food supplies is strictly prohibited (i.e.: sugar water and syrup solution). If a food supply is necessary it must be "hard candy" type substitute (i.e.: candy board or fondant) that will not leak or escape from the package.