How to Pack

Learn to Pack

Learn to Pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack it right. Ship it right.

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:

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Cushion it

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.

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Box It

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.

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Seal It

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.

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Label It

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).

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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.

Legal-Size Reusable FedEx® Envelope

  • Inside Dimensions: 9.5" x 15.5" (24.1 cm x 39.4 cm)

  • Designed to be used twice.

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.

Envelope

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® Padded Pak

  • Inside Dimensions: 11.75" x 14.75" (29.8 cm x 37.5 cm)

  • For documents that require protection.

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.

Pak

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® 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.

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.

Envelope

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.

Tube

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).

Clinical pak

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)

Boxes

How to Pack Guides

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.

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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.

Tyvek® is a registered trademark of DuPont.

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