FedEx international freight shipping options

FedEx international freight shipping options


What is international freight?

International freight shipping through FedEx gives you options for sending shipments over 150 lbs. around the world. You can choose from air, land, and sea services that deliver the right balance of price and speed for your business.

Benefits of FedEx international freight shipping:

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Options to help you expand your business and grow into new international markets

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Access to international freight lanes with a focus on APAC and EU

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A responsive, reliable, knowledgeable customer service team

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Easy-to-use tools to guide you through shipping internationally

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Before you get started, sign up for an account to save up to 70% on FedEx Freight® shipping. 

Tracking international freight shipments

If you’ve already sent a freight shipment and you need to track it, use one of these methods. You can track up to 30 shipments at a time. 

Comparing international freight shipping services

If you’re not sure which service is right for you or your business, start by comparing your options. There’s a solution for almost every destination, budget, and level of urgency.

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International freight shipping options—air

Description

Delivery times

Coverage area

Size/weight/notes

FedEx International Priority® Freight

- Time-definite air freight

- Includes pickup, linehaul, customs clearance, and door-to-door (DTD) delivery

 

Typically 1, 2, or 3 business days to most major world markets

 

- Export from the U.S. to more than 130 countries and territories

- Import to the U.S. from more than 105 countries and territories

 

- Individual skids of 151 lbs. or more

- Unlimited total shipment weight*

FedEx International Economy® Freight 

- Time-definite, customs-cleared air freight service

- Offers flexible pickup, linehaul, and delivery options

Typically within 5 business days (typically 2 or 3 business days to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico)

- U.S. exports to more than 130 countries and territories

- U.S. imports from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and key Asian, Latin American, and European markets

 

- Individual skids of 151 lbs. or more

- Unlimited total shipment weight*

 

FedEx® International Next Flight 

- Fastest available flight

- Ideal for the most urgent export and import shipments

Within hours between major cities worldwide depending on flight availability

To and from the U.S. and more than 220 countries and territories

- Up to 2,200 lbs. per piece (or more with prior approval)

- Unlimited total shipment weight*

International Air Freight Forwarding

- Connects all major global markets inbound and outbound, intercontinental, and interregional

- Regional gateway options

- Multiple daily air carrier schedules

- Contracts with multiple carriers

1–5 business days To and from the U.S. and more than 220 countries and territories Specific origin and destination restrictions may apply
FedEx Chartered Air Cargo 

- Select from FedEx aircraft and choose the origin and destination airports

- Ideal for sensitive, high-value, or time-definite freight shipments

Dependent on aircraft, origin, and destination Available in the U.S. and internationally for one-time or long-term use

- General and hard-to-move cargo; animals, including zoo animals, horses, and cattle

- Individualized security options and temperature-sensitive cargo environments also available

FedEx International Premium®
Airport-to-airport time-definite delivery of controlled items, dangerous goods, and consolidated freight shipments Time-definite delivery in 1, 2, or 3 business days More than 30 of the world’s major markets

- No minimum per-shipment or per-piece weight*

- Unlimited total shipment weight

- Individual pieces exceeding 150 lbs. must be palletized, stackable, forklift accessible, shrink wrapped, and banded to a skid

*Skids exceeding 2,200 lbs. or 70" in height or 119" in length or 80" in width require prior approval.

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International freight shipping options—ocean

Description

Coverage area

Size/weight/notes

FedEx International Direct Priority OceanSM

- Reliable ocean delivery along major trade routes into select U.S. ports 

- Customs brokerage* included

From select origins in Asia and Europe to a single destination in the contiguous U.S. (not available to Alaska and Hawaii)

Palletized or non-palletized freight weighing less than 20,000 lbs.

FedEx International Direct Economy OceanSM
- Reliable, economical ocean freight services for deliveries with flexible schedules

- Consolidation and customs brokerage* arrangement available (additional fees may apply)
North America, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa

Full-container-load (FCL) and less-than-container-load (LCL) options

International Ocean Freight Forwarding 

- Regional gateway options 

- Multiple weekly sailing schedules 

- Relationships with more than a dozen carriers

 - Customs brokerage* may be included 

North America, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and the Middle East - FCL and LCL options

- Dry or liquid bulk shipments

- Full or partial vessel charters
FedEx® International DirectDistribution Ocean Solutions

For consolidating multiple packages or freight shipments into one unit for customs clearance, then deconsolidating them for direct delivery to customers

From Asia, Europe, and Latin America into the U.S. and Canada

Shipments must meet the criteria of the FedEx network handling the final delivery

Less-than-container load (LCL) express service
For fast transit of consolidated shipments across the Pacific From Shanghai, Ningbo, and Yantian to the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach in 10–12 days** Final delivery throughout the contiguous United States provided through FedEx Freight® Priority

*Customs brokerage services in the U.S. and Canada will be provided by FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage, Inc.

**Shipping times may be delayed as a result of events and circumstances beyond our control.

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International freight shipping options—LTL to, from, and within Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

Description

Coverage area

Size/weight/notes

FedEx Freight Priority®*
For fast transit delivery of time-sensitive LTL freight, including the fastest published transit times from the U.S. to Canada of any nationwide LTL service

To, from, and within Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

- Weighs more than 150 lbs. 

- Usually palletized

FedEx Freight® Economy*
For cost-effective delivery of LTL freight Throughout the contiguous U.S., with extensive service to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada

- Weighs more than 150 lbs.

- Usually palletized 

 

FedEx Freight Volume Services*

Economical rates on unused truckload space for large volume LTL freight shipments that aren’t urgent

Throughout the contiguous U.S. and between points in Canada - Between 4,000 and 44,000 lbs.
- Requires at least 10 ft. (up to 56 ft., or two full pup trailers) of trailer space  

*For LTL freight shipments to or from Canada or Mexico, additional documents are required. Access shipping forms

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Find the right shipping option

Use our Freight Solution Finder to get help choosing the right international freight shipping option for your business. 

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Explore our supply chain solutions

When you need warehousing and distribution services, count on us. From initial warehouse design and setup to fulfillment analysis and management, we can help you choose which services will keep your product—and your business—moving forward. 

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Get LTL freight support

Our Freight International Services (FIS) team can monitor your LTL freight shipments, review your paperwork, and follow up to avoid shipping delays when shipments are crossing borders. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.351.5187.

Step-by-step freight shipping instructions

Ready to ship internationally? Start with our step-by-step instructions, from packing your shipment to classifying your freight and even managing your bill. 

If you’re using FedEx International Priority Freight, FedEx International Economy Freight, or shipping LTL freight internationally, get extra guidance and resources using our International Shipping Assist tool. It provides help with international documentation, plus tutorials and frequently asked questions to make international shipping easier. 

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Getting an international freight quote

To get an accurate quote, choose the tool that matches your shipment’s destination.

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Get a quote for shipping LTL freight
to the contiguous U.S., Mexico, or
Canada.

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Get a quote for shipping expedited freight between the U.S. and another of the 220 countries and territories we serve. 

Explore these quote options if you’re using FedEx International Priority Freight or FedEx International Economy Freight. You’ll need an account to use these resources.

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  • MyQuote—Get fast, competitive spot quotes for U.S.-outbound shipments that weigh 250 lbs. or more (dim or actual weight). U.S. payers only.
  • FedEx® Great Rates Hotline—Access last-minute savings for international exports and imports that weigh more than 150 lbs.

Understanding freight costs

A lot of factors go into determining a freight rate, including:

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Find out how these factor into your rate. Plus, find tips on how to save on freight shipping. 

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How to pack freight

Get detailed information on how to pack freight for shipping, including recommended materials, packing strategies, stacking configurations, labeling methods, and more. Following these guidelines can help your shipment arrive safely, reduce delays, and minimize breakage, damage, and loss. 

Scheduling an international freight pickup

Here are some things to know before you schedule a pickup. Details vary depending on the international freight service option you choose.

  • You can request a one-time pickup when you create your shipping label or Bill of Lading.
  • For FedEx Express Freight, you can arrange a freight pickup online only for the same day. 
  • For LTL freight, you can schedule a pickup up to 10 business days in advance.
  • The general cutoff time for scheduling a pickup is 3 p.m. local time.
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You can request a one-time pickup when you create your shipping label or Bill of Lading.

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For FedEx Express Freight, you can arrange a freight pickup online only for the same day. 

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For LTL freight, you can schedule a pickup up to 10 business days in advance.

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The general cutoff time for scheduling a pickup is 3 p.m. local time.

Get step-by-step instructions for scheduling a freight pickup online. If you’re ready to begin, schedule your pickup online.

Answers to your international freight questions

I need help with international freight shipping, but I don’t have a sales rep. How can I talk to an expert?

Request a consultation by filling out the form at the bottom of our small-business help and support page. A FedEx sales consultant will call in you in 1 to 2 business days. 

 

How much does international freight shipping cost by air or ocean?

We have several tools to help you get a rate quote.

  • If you’re shipping LTL freight to the contiguous U.S., Mexico, or Canada, use our LTL rate tool.
  • If you’re shipping expedited freight between the U.S. and another of the 220 countries and territories we serve, use our shipping rates tool.


Use these quote options if you’re using FedEx International Priority Freight or FedEx International Economy Freight. You’ll need an account to use these resources.

  • MyQuote—Get fast, competitive spot quotes for U.S.-outbound shipments that weigh 250 lbs. or more (dim weight or actual weight). U.S. payers only.
  • FedEx Great Rates Hotline—Access last-minute savings for international exports and imports that weigh more than 150 lbs.

 

How do I pack international freight shipments?

Read our detailed guidelines for packing freight shipments. You’ll find information on everything from recommended packing materials to instructions on how to ship dangerous goods. 

 

Where can I find general information on freight shipping and packing?

Learn the basics of freight shipping and access tools for making freight shipping easier, including freight class calculators and quote tools. 

 

Where can I find general information on international shipping?

Explore a world of international freight shipping resources, from how to fill out documents to tips on avoiding customs delays and much more.