Shipper's Checklist

When you're shipping a package, overlooking the smallest detail can unfortunately lead to delays. So before you hand your package over to FedEx, we suggest that you look over this shipping checklist and make sure that you've got everything covered. Learn more about the shipping steps for domestic and international shipping below.

Shipper's Checklist - Domestic

  • Check Country and FedEx Shipping Restrictions
    Can you ship what you want where you want? Make sure your commodity is acceptable for shipment within Canada via the FedEx service you've selected. View this site for FedEx Terms and Conditions.

  • Check Required Forms for Completeness and Consistency
    Make sure you correctly complete a signed Intra-Canada Air Waybill. You can also complete your domestic shipping labels online using FedEx® Ship Manager at fedex.ca.

  • Check Declared Value for Accuracy
    Make sure the Declared Value you enter reflects an accurate value.

  • Check Contact Information for both Sender and Recipient
    Telephone and/or fax numbers are often the only way to notify recipients of their shipment. Include telephone and/or fax numbers for both you as the sender and the recipient on the address labels. Put labels on two sides of the package, and include another inside the package.

  • Package your Shipment Securely
    Do not exceed the weight specification of the packaging you're using. Seal packages securely with 2 " (5.08 cm) wide, pressure-sensitive, plastic tape. Do not ship items loose in cartons. Use fillers for inside protection. For more details on packing your shipment, see Prepare Package.

  • Purchase Special Insurance for High Value Items
    We recommend that you purchase special insurance from your insurance company when shipping your high value items.


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Shipper's Checklist - International

  • Check Country and FedEx Shipping Restrictions
    Can you ship what you want where you want? Make sure your commodity is acceptable for shipment to the destination country via the FedEx service you've selected.

  • Check Required Forms for Completeness and Consistency
    Make sure you correctly and consistently complete all necessary forms as discrepancies can cause delays. These forms include a signed International Air Waybill, the primary shipping document for most international shipments. You can fill out international shipping labels online using FedEx® Ship Manager at fedex.ca.

    Other documents you need vary by shipment, and may include the Commercial Invoice and Shipper's Export Declaration.

  • Check Content Descriptions for Accuracy and Legibility
    List separately each commodity that you are shipping and provide a detailed and accurate description of each, including what it's made of and how it will be used. Be specific and consistent in your content descriptions on the Air Waybill, Commercial Invoice and other required documents.

  • Check Declared Value for Accuracy
    The Declared Value, along with your description of the content, is used to determine duties and taxes. Make sure the Declared Value you enter for customs reflects an accurate value.

  • Check Contact Information for both Sender and Consignee
    Telephone, telex, or fax numbers are often the only way to notify recipients of their shipment. Include telephone, telex or fax numbers for both you as the sender and the consignee on the address labels. Put labels on two sides of the package, and include another inside the package.

    When shipping to international P.O. boxes, always be sure to include the recipient's phone number and fax number.

  • Legibly Print the Commodity's Country of Origin
    Make sure you legibly print your commodity's country of origin.

  • Package your Shipment Securely
    Do not exceed the weight specification of the packaging you're using. Seal packages securely with 2 " (5.08 cm) wide, pressure-sensitive, plastic tape. Do not ship items loose in cartons. Use fillers for inside protection. For more details on packing your shipment, see Prepare Package.

  • Purchase Special Insurance for High Value Items
    We recommend that you purchase special insurance from your insurance company when shipping your high value items.


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