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How to Ship a Package

How to Ship a Package

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make sending your next shipment easy.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make sending your next shipment easy.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Shipping

Follow these steps to help keep your shipment on track.

 

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Plan your shipment based on destination.


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Ensure the item can be shipped.


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Package the item.


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Determine which shipping service is best for your needs.


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Create shipping labels.


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Choose additional delivery options and special services if needed.


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Print and attach the FedEx label.


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Get the package to FedEx.

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STEP 1

Plan your shipment based on destination.

FedEx follows different guidelines for international and domestic shipments. If you’re shipping domestically, proceed to Step 2 of this guide. If you’re shipping internationally, please review our International Shipping Guide for instructions that meet international shipping regulations.

 


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STEP 2

Ensure the item can be shipped.

Some items need special care to ship safely, and others can’t be shipped at all. View the Service Guide to learn more about restricted and prohibited items, dangerous goods and more.

 


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STEP 3

Package the item.

Choosing the right kind of packaging can help protect your shipment and create a better delivery experience. View our packing and shipping supplies to find the best options for your shipment, learn about packing services and get tips on packing items yourself. 

 

The only time you have to use FedEx packaging is when you use FedEx One Rate®. Otherwise, you can use any sturdy, undamaged packaging for your shipments.  If you’re reusing a box, just make sure any old addresses and barcodes are completely covered. You can also get more packaging tips and order free FedEx supplies.

 

You don’t have to buy FedEx boxes; they’re free! You can pick up free FedEx boxes and other packaging supplies at your local FedEx location, or order them online at fedex.com.

 

Yes! When you choose to send shipments via FedEx, you can choose from a range of free, ready-to-use self-sealing packaging in your choice of shapes and sizes. It’s available in store or online at fedex.com.

 

Yes, our experts are ready to help! Stop by your nearest FedEx Office location’s Pack Plus counter for expert assistance from our team, backed by the FedEx Office Packing Pledge. With a range of free packing materials, standard boxes and specialty boxes, we’re prepared to package most items, including oversized, bulky and fragile ones. 

 


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STEP 4

Determine which shipping service is best for your needs.

FedEx offers a range of shipping services to accommodate different timelines and budgets. With our rating tool, you can calculate rates based on your preferred shipping speed and destination and then compare which FedEx® shipping service is the best option for you.

 


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STEP 5

Create shipping labels.

You can use FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com to create a printable shipping label from your computer. Domestic shipping labels require the sender’s and recipient’s names, addresses and phone numbers, along with the weight and type of package.

If you’d like to create a prepaid label, you can do so by opening FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com and using the Returns feature. Prepaid labels created via Returns do not have to be used as return labels.

 


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STEP 6

Choose additional delivery options and special services if needed.

FedEx offers many additional services to give shippers and recipients a more convenient shipping experience. These services range from specialty shipping services such as shipping with dry ice, to delivery services such as obtaining a signature as proof of delivery, holding a package at a FedEx location, etc. 

 


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STEP 7

Print and attach the FedEx label.

Slide your completed label into a clear plastic pouch and remove the adhesive backing. Then, firmly apply it to the largest flat side of the shipping container. Take care to avoid taping over the label, and don’t cover it up in any way. If the label is too large to fit entirely on one side of the package, make sure the barcode is on one side of the seam and the recipient’s information is on the other.

 


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STEP 8

Get the package to FedEx.

You can drop off your package at a FedEx location or drop box, or you can schedule a pickup from your home or office. You can find your nearest FedEx location or drop box by using the Find a FedEx Location tool.

If you’d rather arrange a pickup, you can schedule one online with your customer account, or call 1.800.GoFedEx.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for more information? Find answers and additional information to help with your shipping needs here. 

 

FedEx follows different guidelines for international and domestic shipments. If you’re shipping domestically, proceed to Step 2 of this guide. If you’re shipping internationally, please visit our International Shipping Guide for instructions that meet international shipping regulations.

 

Some items need special care to ship safely, and others can’t be shipped at all. View the Service Guide to learn more about restricted and prohibited items, dangerous goods and more.

 

Choosing the right kind of packaging can help create protect your shipment and create a better delivery experience. View our packing and shipping supplies to find the best options for your shipment, learn about packing services and get tips on packing items yourself. 

 

The only time you have to use FedEx packaging is when you use FedEx One Rate®. Otherwise, you can use any sturdy, undamaged packaging for your shipments.  If you’re reusing a box, just make sure any old addresses and barcodes are completely covered. You can also get more packaging tips and order free FedEx supplies.

 

You don’t have to buy FedEx boxes; they’re free! You can pick up free FedEx boxes and other packaging supplies at your local FedEx location, or order them online at fedex.com.

 

Yes! When you choose to send shipments via FedEx, you can choose from a range of free, ready-to-use self-sealing packaging in your choice of shapes and sizes. It’s available in store or online at fedex.com.

 

Yes, our experts are ready to help! Stop by your nearest FedEx Office location’s Pack Plus counter for expert assistance from our team, backed by the FedEx Office Packing Pledge. With a range of free packing materials, standard boxes and specialty boxes, we’re prepared to package most items, including oversized, bulky and fragile ones. 

 

FedEx offers a range of shipping services to accommodate different timelines and budgets. You can calculate the rates for multiple options at once with the Get a Rate tool. Then, compare delivery schedules and prices to choose which one is best for you. 

 

You can use FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com to create a printable shipping label from home. Domestic shipping labels require the sender’s and recipient’s names, addresses, and phone numbers, along with the weight and type of package.

If you’d like to create a prepaid label, you can do so by opening FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com and using the Returns feature. Prepaid labels created via Returns do not have to be used as return labels.

 

FedEx offers many additional services to give shippers and recipients a more convenient shipping experiences. These services range from specialty shipping services such as shipping with dry ice, to delivery services such as obtaining a signature as proof of delivery, holding a package at a FedEx location, etc. 

 

You can drop off your package at a FedEx location or drop box, or you can schedule a pickup from your home or office. You can find your nearest FedEx location or drop box by using the Find a FedEx Location tool.

If you’d rather arrange a pickup, you can schedule one online with your customer account, or call 1.800.GoFedEx.

 

Looking for more information? Find answers and additional information to help with your shipping needs here. 

 

Ready to Ship?

Get started now with FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com. Its advanced features can help ensure that all of your shipment's important details are covered.

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