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FedEx packaging guidelines

FedEx packaging guidelines

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At FedEx, we know proper packaging can helpensure that your shipments arrive safely. Sowe offer general packaging guidelines — frommeasuring and weighing your package, to packingmethods, sealing and labeling instructions, andguidelines for restricted shipments.
General Packaging Guidelines
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Shipment Size and Weight Restrictions
U.S. services, you can shippackages up to 150 lbs.; up to 119" in length and 165"in length and girth.
ship packages up to 150 lbs.; up to 108" in length and130" in length and girth.
Freight Services, you can shipindividual skids of 150 lbs. or more. Skids exceeding2,200 lbs. in weight or exceeding 70" in height, 119"in length or 80" in width require prior approval.
services, you can ship packagesup to 150 lbs.; up to 108" in length and 165" in lengthplus girth.
services, you can shippackages up to 70 lbs.; up to 108" in length and 165"in length plus girth.Place yellow and black safety heavyweight labels over thediagonal corners of your package if it weighs more than75 lbs. To get the labels, contact your FedEx Express courieror FedEx account executive, or go to a FedEx Office Print& Ship Center
Measuring Length and Girth
and twice the height.
Calculating Dimensional Weight
 relatively light compared with its volume. If thedimensional weight exceeds the actual weight,charges based on the dimensional weight will be
General Packaging Guidelines
 package shipments only; any other use is prohibited.
and undamaged with all flaps intact.
packed into a corrugated outer box.
 a FedEx Express packaging option.
around the smaller box.
 and center them in cartons away from other itemsand away from the sides, corners, top and bottom ofthe box.
inner seal and perforated breakaway cap. The innerpackaging must be able to contain leaks.
 handling, such as soiling, marking or application ofadhesive labels, in a protective outer box.
should wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions.
package before sealing it.
before shipping, and make sure there are no holes,tears or corner dents in the outer box.
HeightWidthLengthLength is the longest side of the package or object.
Length and Girth Formula
Girth is(2 x width) + (2 x height)
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General Packing Methods
Follow these general guidelines for the two mostpopular packing methods, plus recommendations for
Single-Box Packing Method
 sturdy outer box.
and prevent movement of goods inside the boxduring shipping.
wet conditions inside a plastic bag.
in a strong sealed container, such as a burlap orsiftproof plastic bag, then package in a sturdyouter box.
Box-in-Box Packing Method
inside a corrugated box.
 like crumpled newspaper, loosefill peanuts or othercushioning material.
 method. This will help prevent accidental opening.
deeper than the inner box.
box inside the larger sturdy outer box.
cushioning material or use at least 3" of loosefillpeanuts or other cushioning material to fill the spacesbetween the inner box and outer box on the top,bottom and all sides.
Nonfragile productwith cushioningto prevent movement
Single-Box Illustration Filled With Loosefill Peanuts
Sturdyouter box
Product wrappedin a minimum 3"thickness ofcushioning material
Single-Box Illustration With Wrapped Item
Sturdyouter box
Inner box
Box-in-Box Illustration With Loosefill Peanuts
Sturdyouter boxPacking material(e.g., loosefill peanuts)minimum of 2" thicknesson each sidePacking material(e.g., loosefillpeanuts) minimumof 3" thicknesson each side

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