Packing Resources and Supplies

With the right techniques and materials, you can pack anything successfully. Here you'll find Insider Tips for Packing Like a Pro, helpful videos and detailed guides to help you box, cushion, label and seal your package right. Ask our pros for assistance with packaging design and testing, including guidance on printing your own shipping labels. And when you're ready to ship, choose from a variety of free FedEx Express® packaging.

Packing Tips and Tools

Check out our insider tips and watch our how to pack videos. You can also stop by your local FedEx Office location for packing pointers, or to let a team member professionally pack and ship for you. Find a location now.

Insider Tips for Packing Like a Pro

Boxing    1. Boxing
Match your box to the size and weight of your item(s). Use double-walled boxes for heavier items. If reusing a box, remove all old labels, and make sure it's high-quality, with no holes, tears, or dents.
  Cushioning    2. Cushioning
Choose cushioning with enough density to keep items from shifting. Bind printed material together. Wrap and tape all sharp or protruding edges.
             
Labeling   3. Labeling
Firmly secure the label on the package's largest surface. For pouches, peel off the strip and seal the flap. Put a copy of the label inside and write pertinent shipper/recipient details on the inner package flap.
  Sealing    4. Sealing
With your box properly packed, apply at least three strips of packing tape (no duct or masking tape) that is at least 2" wide evenly across all flaps and seams, top and bottom, using the H taping method.

Watch Our How to Pack Videos

Properly packing your shipments can help you avoid damage and delays. Watch our videos for information on how to pack, seal and label your shipment, best packing practices for computers, and simple steps you can take to properly package framed artwork.



How to Pack, Seal and Label Your Shipment


How to Pack Desktop Computers


How to Pack Artwork

*NOTICE: These videos are provided to FedEx customers to help reduce loss or damage due to improper packaging. They are NOT intended to be a comprehensive guide for packaging items we accept for transit. We make no warranties, express or implied, regarding this information. Proper packaging is the sole responsibility of the shipper. For more information and additional guidelines, refer to the packaging information provided on this Packing Resources and Supplies page, email packagingservices@fedex.com, or contact FedEx Packaging Services at 1.800.633.7019. Refer to the current FedEx Service Guide for terms, conditions, and limitations applicable to FedEx® delivery services.

Get the Guides

From general guidelines for packing day-to-day shipments to specific guidelines for shipping specialty items, the guide you need is just a click away.

 



General Guidelines

 

Freight Guidelines

 

Auto and Mechanical Parts



Batteries

 

Clinical Samples

 

Computers



Flowers and Plants

 

Perishable Shipments

 

UN 3373 Shipments



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Looking to improve your packaging strategies? Our state-of-the-art, LEED-certified packaging lab can design and test packaging for a wide variety of products — from perishables, glass and delicate electronics to large freight shipments. FedEx Packaging Services also offers custom engineering guidance, including on-site support from our nationwide team of field packaging engineers. Download the FedEx Packaging Services guide (826 Kb PDF) for details.  

For more information on package testing (including freight), and for guidance on adhesion standards when using your own shipping label, contact FedEx Packaging Services at packagingservices@fedex.com or 1.800.633.7019.

When you have something to pack you can also stop by the nearest FedEx Office location, where our pros have the specialty boxes and bags, supplies, and packing expertise that you need.

FedEx Procedures for Testing Packaged Products

In a lab environment, our packaging testing team eliminates the guesswork by conducting package performance tests for your FedEx® shipments. For more information on the testing procedures, download our guides:
Testing Packaged Products Weighing Up to 150 Lbs. (2.20 Mb PDF)
Testing Packaged Products Weighing More Than 150 Lbs. (2.46 Mb PDF)

Apply for Package-Sample Testing

To submit package samples for testing, download and complete the FedEx Packaging Test Application (321 Kb PDF). Please note that federal, legal and regulatory requirements prevent us from returning certain commodities, including wine and alcohol shipments.

Apply for Package-Design Assistance

To request package-design assistance, download and complete the FedEx Packaging Design Application (82 Kb PDF). For detailed instructions about submitting your packaging for testing or design recommendations, contact a FedEx field packaging engineer at pkgfield@corp.ds.fedex.com or request a referral from your FedEx account executive.

Free FedEx Express Supplies

For all those time-sensitive shipments, we’ve got you covered. Browse our wide range of free FedEx Express packaging options. Or call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "order shipping supplies."

Refer to the FedEx Express Packaging Acceptance Quick Reference chart to see the FedEx Express packaging options that are available with the delivery service you choose.

We also offer a range of specialty boxes and bags as well as packing supplies at FedEx Office locations. FedEx Office pack-and-ship services are backed by the FedEx Office® Packing Pledge. Find a location now.

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Packaging for letter-size and legal-size documents

FedEx Envelope

All FedEx envelopes now ship more sustainably and are recyclable. Learn more about FedEx carbon-neutral envelope shipping.

FedEx® Envelope (pouch)

FedEx Envelope (no pouch)

FedEx Envelope (window)
  • Inside dimensions: 9-1/2" x 12-1/2"
  • Weight when empty: 1.5 oz.
  • Weight limit: 8 oz. (shipments exceeding 8 oz. rated at next whole pound)
  • FedEx Envelope (no pouch): Use with peel-and-stick airbills or any FedEx Ship Manager® label
  • FedEx Envelope (window): Ask your FedEx account executive about this special envelope

FedEx® Reusable Envelope (legal size)
  • Inside dimensions: 9-1/2" x 15-1/2"
  • Weight when empty: 2 oz.
  • Weight limit: 8 oz. (shipments exceeding 8 oz. rated at next whole pound)
  • Designed so it can be used twice
For use with all FedEx Express® services. Learn more.

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Tear- and water-resistant packaging

Tear- and water-resistant packaging

Most FedEx paks are recyclable. Recycling options may be limited and vary by location. Check with your local municipality.

FedEx® Small Pak made from polyethylene
  • Easy-open tear strip
  • Inside dimensions: 10-1/4" x 12-3/4"
  • Weight when empty: 0.63 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.

FedEx® Large Pak made from polyethylene
  • Easy-open tear strip
  • Inside dimensions: 12" x 15-/12"
  • Weight when empty: 1 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.

FedEx Small Pak made from Tyvek® polyethylene
  • Inside dimensions: 10-1/4" x 12-3/4"
  • Weight when empty: 0.63 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.

FedEx Large Pak made from Tyvek® polyethylene
  • Inside dimensions: 12" x 15-1/2"
  • Weight when empty: 1 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.

FedEx® Padded Pak
  • Inside dimensions: 11-3/4" x 14-3/4"
  • Weight when empty: 1 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.

FedEx® Reusable Sturdy Pak
  • Inside dimensions: 10" x 14-1/2", expands up to 1-1/2"
  • Weight when empty: 2.9 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Designed so it can be used twice
For use with all FedEx Express services. Learn more.

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Boxes in a variety of sizes

FedEx Small Boxes

All FedEx boxes are recyclable.

FedEx® Small Box (S1: rectangular and shallow in shape)
  • Inside dimensions: 10-7/8" x 1-1/2" x 12-3/8"
  • Weight when empty: 4.5 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for documents, file folders, DVDs, CDs, video games and soft goods.

FedEx Small Box (S2: rectangular and deep in shape)
  • Inside dimensions: 8-3/4" x 2-11/16" x 11-5/16"
  • Weight when empty: 4.5 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for documents, books, small parts, DVDs, CDs, video games and soft goods that require extra width.

FedEx Medium Boxes



FedEx® Medium Box (M1: rectangular and shallow in shape)
  • Inside dimensions: 11-1/2" x 2-3/8" x 13-1/4"
  • Weight when empty: 6.5 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for documents, binders, books, small parts, DVDs, CDs, video games and soft goods.

FedEx Medium Box (M2: rectangular and deep in shape)
  • Inside dimensions: 8-3/4" x 4-3/8" x 11-5/16"
  • Weight when empty: 6.5 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for documents, books, small parts, DVDs, CDs, video games and soft goods that require extra depth.

FedEx Large Boxes



FedEx® Large Box (L1: rectangular and shallow in shape)
  • Inside dimensions: 12-3/8" x 3" x 17-1/2"
  • Weight when empty: 14.5 oz.
  • Contents should be 30 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for side-by-side paper stacks, oversize binders, small parts and soft goods.

FedEx Large Box (L2: square and deep in shape)
  • Inside dimensions: 8-3/4" x 7-3/4" x 11-5/16"
  • Weight when empty: 9.4 oz.
  • Contents should be 30 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for housewares, toys, sports accessories, small parts and soft goods.

FedEx Extra Large Boxes

FedEx® Extra Large Box (X1: cube-shaped)
  • Inside dimensions: 11-7/8" x 10-13/16" x 11-1/16"
  • Weight when empty: 20 oz.
  • Contents should be 50 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for binders, books, housewares, handbags, sporting goods and other circular or cube-shaped items.

FedEx Extra Large Box (X2: rectangular-shaped)
  • Inside dimensions: 15-3/4" x 14-3/16" x 6"
  • Weight when empty: 30 oz.
  • Contents should be 50 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Intended for binders, trays, cases, handbags, soft goods, and other oblong items.
For use with all FedEx Express services. Limitations apply with FedEx Express Saver®. Learn more.

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Packaging for plans, posters, fabric rolls, charts or blueprints

FedEx Tube

The FedEx Tube is recyclable.

FedEx® Tube
  • Inside dimensions: 6" x 6" x 38"
  • For dimensional weight calculation: 5" x 6" x 38"
  • Weight when empty: 16 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
For use with all FedEx Express services. Limitations apply with FedEx Express Saver. Learn more.

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Boxes for cost-effective international shipping

Boxes for cost-effective international shipping

All FedEx boxes are recyclable.

FedEx® 10kg Box and FedEx® 25kg Box
For a flat rate, you can ship these double-walled boxes to more than 220 countries and territories via FedEx International Priority®


FedEx 10kg Box
  • Inside dimensions: 15-13/16" x 12-15/16" x 10-3/16"
  • Weight when empty: 31 oz.
  • Contents should be 22 lbs. (10 kg) or less, compatible with the container and packed securely (to qualify for the flat rate, weight cannot exceed 22 lbs.).

FedEx 25kg Box
  • Inside dimensions: 21-9/16" x 16-9/16" x 13-3/16"
  • Weight when empty: 57 oz.
  • Contents should be 56 lbs. (25 kg) or less, compatible with the container and packed securely (to qualify for the flat rate, weight cannot exceed 56 lbs.).
For use with FedEx International Priority®.

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Packaging to ship clinical specimens

FedEx Medium Clinical Box

FedEx Large Clinical Box

All FedEx boxes are recyclable.

FedEx® Medium Clinical Box and FedEx® Large Clinical Box
Use these sturdy outer boxes for the shipment of clinical specimens. Properly packaged specimens containing or suspected of containing infectious substances meeting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) definition of Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) are also permitted for shipment in these boxes. The shipper assumes sole responsibility for compliance with all applicable governmental regulations.

FedEx Medium Clinical Box
  • Inside dimensions: 11-3/4" x 3-1/4" x 13-3/4"
  • Weight when empty: 8 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Download our brochures on packing and marking Clinical and UN 3373 shipments.

FedEx Large Clinical Box
  • Inside dimensions: 12-1/2" x 3" x 17-1/2"
  • Weight when empty: 9 oz.
  • Contents should be 20 lbs. or less, compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Download our brochures on packing and marking Clinical and UN 3373 shipments.
For use with all FedEx Express services. Learn more.

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Packaging to ship noninfectious specimens

FedEx Clinical Pak
FedEx® Clinical Pak
Use this plastic overwrap for noninfectious clinical samples after they are inserted into a sturdy inner container. Properly packaged clinical-sample shipments smaller than 7" x 4" x 2" must be shipped in the FedEx Clinical Pak overwrap.
  • Inside dimensions: 13-1/2" x 18"
  • Weight when empty: 1.2 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Download our brochure on packing and marking Clinical shipments.
For use with all FedEx Express services. Learn more.

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Packaging for Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) specimens

FedEx UN 3373 Pak
FedEx® UN 3373 Pak
Use this plastic overwrap for specimens containing or suspected of containing infectious substances meeting the IATA definition of Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373). Properly packaged shipments smaller than 7" x 4" x 2" must be shipped in the FedEx UN 3373 Pak overwrap.
  • Inside dimensions: 13-1/2" x 18"
  • Weight when empty: 1.2 oz.
  • Contents should be compatible with the container and packed securely.
  • Download our brochure on packing and marking UN 3373 shipments.
For use with all FedEx Express services. Learn more.

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Packaging for added protection

FedEx Box with Safe Insert

All FedEx boxes are recyclable.

FedEx Box With Safe Insert
  • Reinforced aluminum box in two sizes to fit securely inside the FedEx Medium Box (M1) and the FedEx Large Box (L1)
  • Equipped with a combination lock or key lock (only shipper and recipient have access)
  • Provides added safety, security, and strength for high-value items
  • Inside dimensions (medium): 11-1/2" x 2-3/8" x 13-1/4"
  • Weight when empty (medium): 4.2 lbs. (including FedEx
    Medium Box)
  • Inside dimensions (large): 12-3/8" x 3" x 17-1/2"
  • Weight when empty (large): 5.3 lbs. (including FedEx Large Box)
For use with most FedEx Express services. Limitations apply with FedEx Express Saver. Learn more.

There is a charge for the safe insert. Order and pay for this packaging option directly from the manufacturer, Magnetic Products.

We also have FedEx Express airbills for U.S. shipments and FedEx Express air waybills for international shipments.

FedEx Express Packaging Restrictions
These packaging options are for FedEx Express shipments only. Any other use is prohibited. Quantity restrictions may apply based on your FedEx Express packaging shipping history. Learn more about other restrictions that may apply.

Environmental Information
Most FedEx® packaging is recyclable. 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. See how FedEx connects the world in responsible and resourceful ways at earthsmart.fedex.com.

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