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How to Send a UPS Package

UPS can deliver your package almost anywhere. Here's how to get your package ready for sending.


  • Step 1: Adhere the label to the top of the package, and do not place the label over a seam or closure, or over packing tape.
  • Step 2: Request and schedule UPS package pickup at, or visit a local UPS location at which you can drop off the package.
  • Step 3: Use your package's UPS tracking number to track your package as it moves through the UPS system to its destination. Go to, click on the Tracking button, and navigate to Track Shipments in the drop-down menu. Then enter your tracking number and find out if your package has reached its destination.
  • FACT: UPS was founded in 1907 as a messenger company.
  • TIP: UPS does not guarantee shipments to post office boxes.
  • Step 4: Include your complete return address and the recipient's name, complete street address, and ZIP code on the address label. If you're sending the package to a P.O. Box address, include the recipient's phone number on the label.
  • Step 5: Decide on a shipping service. UPS offers many shipping services for domestic, international, and freight options. Domestically, options include Same Day and Next Business Day. International options include Best Available Flight through Two to Five Business Days. Freight services include Next Business Day through Three to Four Business Days.
  • Step 6: Wrap the contents of your package separately and use adequate cushioning material. Use a corrugated box with flaps and seal the box with shipping tape. Then remove all labels or previous shipment markings from the box.
  • TIP: Include an additional address label inside the box.
  • Step 7: Determine how much the package weighs. Then go to and use their online calculator to find out how much it'll cost to ship your package and how long it'll take to deliver it.

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