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Learn to Pack
 
Whether you are shipping products to customers or gifts to friends — it's important to know how to properly pack your items, so they arrive safely and intact. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you pack your shipments like a pro:
 

     
   
     
 
Cushion It
  • Use air-cellular cushioning material, such as Bubble Wrap®, to fill void spaces and prevent movement inside the box.
  • Wrap fragile items individually with a minimum 3" (8-cm) thickness of air-cellular cushioning material.
  • Wrap individual items, with at least a 2" (5-cm) thickness of air-cellular cushioning or foam material so items fit snugly inside.
 
 
 
 
     
   
     
 
Box It
  • Place items that might be damaged by normal handling, in a protective outer box.
  • Pack chipboard boxes, such as gift or shoe boxes, in a corrugated outer box.
  • Consolidate small parts or spillable granular products in a strong sealed container, such as burlap or a sift-proof plastic bag before packing in a sturdy outer box.
 
 
 
 
     
   
     
 
Seal It
  • Apply at least three strips of packaging tape to the top and bottom sides of the container using the H taping method.
  • Use pressure-sensitive plastic tape, water-activated paper tape (minimum 60-lb. grade) or water-activated reinforced tape that is at least 2" (5 cm) wide.
 
 
 
 
     
   
     
 
Label It
  • Place the shipping label with the recipient's full address on the most visible side of the container away from any folds or seams.
  • Place delivery information inside and outside the package, including an address for your recipient and for yourself.
  • Do not list a P.O box address for U.S recipients. FedEx Express can ship to a P.O box in certain international locations, including Puerto Rico, but you must provide a valid telephone, fax or telex number.
 


 
FedEx Express Supplies
 
Choose from the following packaging as well as other specialty packaging options (for FedEx Express shipments only).

     
   

Envelopes

Packaging for standard-size and legal-size documents: To qualify for flat-rate pricing, the weight must not exceed 1 lb. (0.5 kg)  — heavier contents rated to the next whole pound. Maximum declared value for carriage is $100.
   
 
FedEx® Envelope with Built-in Pouch
  • Inside Dimensions: 9.5" x 12.5" (24.1 cm x 31.8 cm)
  • For use with FedEx Ship Manager™ at fedex.ca and non-label air waybills.
 
 
   
 
FedEx® Envelope without Pouch
  • Inside Dimensions: 9.5" x 12.5" (24.1 cm x 31.8 cm)
  • For use with any FedEx Ship Manager™ thermal label product.
 
 
   
 
Legal-Size Reusable FedEx® Envelope
  • Inside Dimensions: 9.5" x 15.5" (24.1 cm x 39.4 cm)
  • Designed to be used twice.
 
 
   

 
 

Tear- and Water-Resistant Envelopes

To qualify for flat-rate pricing, the weight must not exceed 2.2 lbs. (1 kg) – heavier contents rated to the next whole pound. Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg). Maximum declared value for carriage is $100.
   
 
FedEx® Pak made from Tyvek® polyethylene
  • Inside Dimensions: 12" x 15.5" (30.5 cm x 39.4 cm)
  • For larger, heavier documents or soft goods.
 
 
   
 
FedEx® Pak made from polyethylene
  • Inside Dimensions: 12” x 15.5” (30.5 cm x 39.4 cm)
  • For larger, heavier documents or soft goods.
  • Features an easy-open tear strip.
 
 
   
 
FedEx® Padded Pak
  • Inside Dimensions: 11.75" x 14.75" (29.8 cm x 37.5 cm)
  • For documents that require protection.
 
 
   

 
 

Boxes

Boxes in a variety of sizes.
Please note that FedEx Boxes are not accepted for use with FedEx Economy service.
   
 
FedEx® Small Box
  • Inside Dimensions: 12.25" x 10.9" x 1.5" (31.1 cm x 27.7 cm x 3.8 cm)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
  • For thick documents and file folders.
 
 
   
 
FedEx® Large Box
  • Inside Dimensions: 17.88" x 12.38" x 3" (45.4 cm x 31.4 cm x 7.6 cm)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
  • Big enough for small parts or reports.
 
 
   
 
FedEx® Medium Box
  • Inside Dimensions: 13.25" x 11.5" x 2.38" (33.7 cm x 29.2 cm x 6.0 cm)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
  • For binders, large documents and notebooks.
 
 
   

 
 

Tubes

Please note that FedEx Tubes are not accepted for use with FedEx Economy® service.
   
 
FedEx® Tube
  • Inside Dimensions: 38" x 6" x 6" x 6" (96.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
  • For plans, posters, fabric rolls or blueprints.
 
 
   

 
 

Transparent Overwraps

To qualify for flat-rate pricing, the weight must not exceed 2.2 lbs. (1 kg) — heavier contents rated to the next whole pound. Our How to Pack Guides will show you how to properly pack your clinical samples and UN 3373 shipments.
   
 
FedEx® Clinical Pak
  • Inside Dimensions: 13.5" x 18" (34.3 cm x 45.7 cm)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
  • For noninfectious diagnostic specimens and environmental samples.
 
 
   
 
FedEx® UN 3373 Pak
  • Inside Dimensions: 13.5" x 18" (34.3 cm x 45.7 cm)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
  • For properly prepared specimens classified as Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373).
 
 
   

 
 

International Flat-Rate Boxes

Boxes for cost-effective international shipping. For use with FedEx International Priority® service only.
   
 
FedEx® 10kg Box
  • Inside Dimensions: 15.81" x 12.94" x 10.19" (40.2 cm x 32.7 cm x 25.9 cm)
  • To qualify for flat-rate pricing, the weight cannot exceed 22 lbs. (10 kg) – heavier contents rated to the next whole pound.
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 22 lbs. (10 kg)
 
 
   
 
FedEx® 25kg Box
  • Inside Dimensions: 21.56" x 16.56" x 13.19" (54.8 cm x 42.1 cm x 33.5 cm)
  • To qualify for flat-rate pricing, the weight cannot exceed 56 lbs. (25 kg) – heavier contents rated to the next whole pound.
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 56 lbs. (25 kg)
 
 
   

 
 


 
FedEx Express Supplies
 
Choose from the following packaging as well as other specialty packaging options (for FedEx Express shipments only).

     
   

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How to Pack Guides
 
Pack it right. Ship it right.
 
From general packing guidelines for day-to-day shipments to specific guidelines for specialty items,
you'll find it all in our comprehensive packaging guides.
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 

 
 
Environmental Information
All FedEx packaging is recyclable and 54 percent is made from recycled content. In addition, by using FedEx carbon-neutral envelope shipping for your documents, you're supporting sustainable projects which help neutralize carbon emissions, all at no extra cost to you.
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