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What are the size and weight limits for shipping with UPS® services on ParcelPath?

UPS has established specific size and weight limits for the packages that you can send with all UPS services. The restrictions listed below pertain to individual packages. There are no limits to the total overall weight of your entire shipment or the total number of packages in your shipment. Shipments larger than the limits listed below will require the use of a freight service. 

  • Packages can be up to 150 lbs (70 kg).
  • Packages can be up to 165 inches (419 cm) in length and girth combined.
  • Packages can be up to 108 inches (270 cm) in length.
  • Packages with a large size-to-weight ratio require special pricing and dimensional weight calculations.
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How to Calculate Dimensions of Package

To calculate the total dimensions of your package to make sure it complies with a total of 165 inches.
  • 1. Measure the three parcel dimensions in inches.
  • Example: 30 inches (Length) x 10 inches (Width) x 10 inches (Height).
  • 2. Add the measurements of the two smallest dimensions together and multiply the result by 2.
  • Example: 10 inches (Width) + 10 inches (Height) = 20 inches. 20 inches x 2 = 40. So, 40 is the girth of your package.
  • 3. To get the Length & Girth calculation, simply take the longest dimension and add it to the girth. This result is the combined length and girth of your parcel to insure it is under 165 inches.
  • Example: 30 inches (length) + 40 inches (girth) = 70 inches (combined length and girth).

Packages that are over 70 lbs

UPS requires that you attach a heavy package sticker to all your packages that weigh more than 70 lbs. These stickers alert UPS employees and your customers that they should be careful when handling. 

Understanding dimensional weight on ParcelPath

To calculate dimensional (DIM) weight, multiply the length, width, and height of a package, using the longest point on each side. Then, divide the cubic size of the package in inches by the DIM divisor to calculate the dimensional weight in pounds.


Package is 30x12x12 or Length = 30 inches, Width =12 inches, Height = 12 inches. Multiply 30x12x12 = 3,320 divided by DIM divisor of 166 = 26.02. You would need to round this up to 27 lbs. Based on the dimensions of the box regardless of the actual weight of the box, UPS calculates the dimensional weight at 27 lbs. 

Ensuring Shipment Size Compliance

Ensuring shipment size compliance is crucial for businesses to avoid costly penalties and delays in delivery. By carefully monitoring and verifying the dimensions and weight of each shipment, companies can ensure that they are in line with regulatory requirements and carrier specifications. Implementing automated systems and regular audits can help streamline the process and catch any discrepancies before they become a problem. Additionally, providing training for staff involved in packaging and shipping can help maintain consistency and accuracy in determining shipment sizes. Overall, prioritizing compliance in shipment sizes can lead to smoother operations and improved customer satisfaction.

Preventing Shipping Charge Adjustments

To prevent UPS shipping charge adjustments, it is crucial to accurately weigh and measure your packages before shipping them out. Make sure to use a reliable scale and measuring tape to avoid any discrepancies. Additionally, properly package your items to prevent damage during transit, as any changes in weight or dimensions can lead to adjustments in shipping charges. It is also important to double-check the information entered when creating shipping labels to ensure accuracy. By taking these precautions, you can minimize the risk of unexpected shipping charge adjustments from UPS.

Verifying Shipment Weight Accuracy

When shipping packages with UPS, it is crucial to verify the accuracy of the shipment weight. Ensuring that the weight listed on the label matches the actual weight of the package helps avoid any potential issues during transit. By double-checking the weight before sending off a shipment, you can prevent delays, additional charges, or even rejected packages. Taking the time to verify UPS shipment weight accuracy can ultimately save time and money in the long run.

Avoiding UPS Charge Corrections

To avoid UPS charge corrections, it is essential to accurately weigh and measure your packages before shipping them. This will help prevent any discrepancies between the declared weight and dimensions of the package and the actual measurements recorded by UPS. Additionally, ensure that you are using the correct packaging materials to avoid any unexpected dimensional weight charges. By taking these precautions and double-checking your shipment details, you can minimize the likelihood of UPS charge corrections and potential additional fees.

Meeting UPS Size Regulations Properly

When it comes to meeting UPS size regulations properly, it is essential to pay close attention to the specific guidelines provided by UPS. Ensuring that your packages are within the allowable size limits not only helps prevent delays or additional charges but also contributes to the overall efficiency of the shipping process. By carefully measuring and packaging your items according to UPS regulations, you can help streamline the delivery process and ensure that your packages arrive at their destination in a timely manner. Remember, adherence to size regulations is key to a smooth shipping experience with UPS.

Adhering to UPS Weight Limits

Adhering to UPS weight limits is crucial to ensure that your packages are delivered safely and efficiently. Exceeding the weight limits set by UPS can result in additional fees, delays in delivery, or even rejection of the package altogether. To avoid these issues, always double-check the weight of your package before shipping it through UPS. If you are unsure about the weight, consider investing in a scale to accurately measure it. By staying within the specified weight limits, you can help guarantee a smooth shipping process and avoid any potential setbacks.

Preventing Additional Shipping Fees

Preventing additional UPS shipping fees can be achieved by accurately measuring and weighing your packages before sending them out. By ensuring that your packages meet the size and weight requirements set by UPS, you can avoid unexpected fees. Another way to prevent additional charges is to choose the correct shipping option based on the delivery timeline and cost. Planning ahead and consolidating shipments whenever possible can also help minimize the chances of incurring extra fees. By taking these proactive steps, you can effectively prevent additional UPS shipping fees and save money in the long run.

Ensuring Shipment Meets UPS Criteria

To ensure that your shipment meets UPS criteria, it is essential to pay attention to specific guidelines set by the carrier. This includes proper packaging, accurate labeling, and meeting weight and size restrictions. By following these criteria, you can help prevent delays and ensure that your package arrives safely and on time. It is also important to double-check the address and contact information to avoid any issues during transit. Taking the time to meet UPS criteria can help streamline the shipping process and provide a smooth experience for both you and the recipient.