Packing Resources and Supplies for LTL Freight

When you're ready to ship less-than-truckload (LTL) freight, check here for the information you need to properly pack your LTL freight shipment — including freight packaging essentials, shipping labels and tips.

FedEx Freight Shipping Guidelines

At FedEx, we know proper packaging of your freight is the best way to ensure that your goods arrive safely at their destination. Follow these four essential steps for all FedEx Freight® shipments.

Freight Packaging Essentials

Plan it

1. Plan it.
FedEx Freight shipments may be palletized or nonpalletized, weigh up to 20,000 lbs., and measure up to 21 feet in length. Know the freight shipping network to efficiently and safely prepare your shipments.

Secure it

3. Secure it.
To protect your shipment from natural vibration that occurs in transit, use proper cushioning, blocking, bracing, banding, stretchwrapping, and standard wood or plastic pallets.

Prepare it

2. Prepare it.
To ensure safe and efficient shipping across town or across the country, properly organize, stack, label and prepare your freight shipments.

Ship it

4. Ship it.
Use descriptive labels to help identify special handling needs, and complete the Bill of Lading with an accurate piece count and description to help ensure that your freight arrives on time and intact.

FedEx Freight Shipping Guidelines

We understand that proper packaging of your freight is the best way to ensure your goods arrive safely at their destination.

Access our comprehensive Packaging Guidelines for Shipping Freight to get a general understanding of FedEx Freight shipping conditions and specific tips for preparing and palletizing most types of items.

Quick Tips

Freight comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some common examples and tips to get you started.

Bags

Bags

secured bags

Use the interlocking stack method.
Add a solid bottom cushion or load
protector. Cardboard the outside
of bags when possible.

Keep bags within the pallet
perimeter. Tightly secure bags
to the pallet.

Cartons

cartons

interlocking cartons

add stretchwrap

Use the column or interlocking
stack method. Avoid overhang
to reduce the risk of damage.

Add stretchwrap for
additional protection.

Shelf-Ready Cartons

shelf-ready cartons

add stretchwrap to shelf-ready cartons


Use the column stack method.
Add corner edge-boards and top
and bottom corrugated pads.
Add stretchwrap for
additional protection.

Crates

crates

Use quality lumber (plywood).
Use diagonal braces and
appropriate fastener on the side
grain for corners.

Drums

drums

use banding, edge protection and stretchwrapping


If palletized, band and protect.
Support with a solid bottom.

Use banding, edge protection
and stretchwrapping. Do not
exceed three pails in height.

Spools and Reels

spools and reels

Securely anchor to pallets
that may be forklifted.

Engines

engines

securing engines

Drain all engine fluids. Block or
brace engine in a wood crate or
corrugated box.
Band it securely to a
pallet. Add stretchwrap for
additional protection.

Pipes and Other Long Freight

Pipes and other long freight

Bundle, secure and crate.

Label Library for FedEx Freight

When preparing your freight for shipping with FedEx Freight, using descriptive labels to help identify special handling needs can help ensure your freight arrives on time and intact.

We've developed this comprehensive library of common shipping labels to help you identify your handling needs.

Label Library

To use these labels, click on an image to open a PDF file and print the image on 8.5" x11" laser label sheets or go to FedEx OfficeSM Print Online to let us print it for you.

Caution! light bulbs label

Caution! Light Bulbs
(2 per sheet)

Caution sheet metal label

CAUTION Sheet Metal Product -
Easily Damaged

(2 per sheet)

Reels must remain upright label

Reels Must Remain Upright
(2 per sheet)

Warning narrow skid label

WARNING - Narrow Skid,
Blades Will Protrude

(2 per sheet)

Floor load only label

FLOOR LOAD ONLY
(4 per sheet)

Do not break banding label

DO NOT BREAK BANDING
(2 per sheet)

Top heavy label

TOP HEAVY
BLOCKING REQUIRED

(2 per sheet)

Fragile label

FRAGILE
(2 per sheet)

Do not double stack label

DO NOT DOUBLE STACK
(4 per sheet)

Mixed orders on skid label

MIXED ORDERS ON SKID
(2 per sheet)

Please do not use forklift label

PLEASE DO NOT USE FORKLIFT
(4 per sheet)

High value label

HIGH VALUE
(2 per sheet)

Do not topload label

DO NOT TOP LOAD
(2 per sheet)

Top load only label

TOP LOAD ONLY
(2 per sheet)

Please keep upright label

Please Keep Upright
(4 per sheet)

Top heavy handle carefully label

TOP HEAVY
HANDLE CAREFULLY
BRACE SECURELY

(2 per sheet)

Move with glass dolly only label

MOVE WITH GLASS DOLLY ONLY
STACK ON EDGE
DO NOT LAY FLAT

(4 per sheet)

Do not lay flat label

DO NOT LAY FLAT
(2 per sheet)

Easily damaged top with light freight only label

EASILY DAMAGED,
TOP WITH LIGHT FREIGHT ONLY

(4 per sheet)

Attention must use fork extensions label

ATTENTION Must Use Fork Extensions
(4 per sheet)

Fork this side only label

FORK THIS SIDE ONLY!
(4 per sheet)

Notice special handling label

NOTICE SPECIAL HANDLING
DO NOT FORK FROM THIS SIDE

(2 per sheet)

Do not break stretch wrap label

DO NOT BREAK STRETCHWRAP
(4 per sheet)