Packaging Guidelines

General guidelines

Packaging guidelines that will help you prepare your package for shipping:

Guidelines for Good Packaging

To help ensure that your package arrives safely and on time please adhere to the packaging guidelines and procedures:

  • Use a rigid box with flaps intact
  • Remove any labels, hazardous materials indicators, and other previous shipment
  • markings on the box that are no longer applicable
  • Wrap all items separately
  • Use adequate cushioning material
  • Use strong tape designed for shipping
  • Do not use string or paper over-wrap
  • Use a single address label that has clear, complete delivery and return information
  • Place a duplicate address label inside the package

Guidelines for Pallet Shipments

If you are palletizing your shipment for International 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 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 weight over 4,400 pounds require prior approval.

How To Measure Your Package Size

To measure ground packages use the following formula:

Length + 2x Width + 2x Height

  • Step 1. Determining Length
        Measure the longest side of the package, rounding to the nearest inch. This is your length.
  • Step 2. Determining Girth (2x Width + 2x Height)
        Measure the width of the package, rounding to the nearest inch. Multiply this number by 2.
        Measure the height of the package, rounding to the nearest inch. Multiply this number by 2.
        Add these two numbers together. This is your girth.
  • Step 3. Add the length and the girth together.
        This is your package measurement.
  • Step 4. Weigh the package to obtain its actual weight.