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Parcel Shipping Made Easy


Freightcenter Handles Parcel Shipping Too

A leading 3rd Party Logistics provider in the freight shipping industry since 1998, FreightCenter now offers the same services for shipping parcels. If your company ships freight, you’ll be happy to know we can now take care of these essential services for you.

And as with freight, an accurate quote begins with accurate measurements

How to Measure Your Parcel Shipment

Measuring your parcel is a crucial step in the shipping process.

What You’ll Need:

  • Measuring tape
  • An accurate scale
  • Your packaged parcel

Things to Keep in Mind

Before you begin obtaining dimensional measurements, it’s important to keep in mind:

1) When measuring or weighing your parcel, be sure to do so once it is already packaged. All measurements must be inclusive of both the item you’re shipping and shipping materials. We’ve provided instructions on How to Properly Package Parcel.
2) If your freight is oddly shaped, measure at the largest point of the dimension to ensure accurate measurements.

Parcel Shipping Hack

The measurement of each side of your parcel is referred to as a “dimension”. With each individual parcel comes three dimensions: length, width, and height. The largest measurement of the parcel will always be considered the length.

How to Calculate Dimensions

1) Measure the three parcel dimensions in inches Example: 60 in (Length) x 40 in (Width) x 20 in (height)
2) Add together the dimensions of the two smallest measurements (width and height). Multiply the answer by two. This is the girth of your package. Example: 40 in (Width) + 20 in (Height) = 60 in. 60 in x 2 = 120 in (Girth).
3) Take the longest dimension (length) and add this to the package girth. The result is the combined length and girth of your parcel. Example: 60 in (Length) + 120 in (Girth) = 180 in (Combined Length and Girth)

Parcel Shipping Dimension Restrictions

Many parcel delivery services such as UPS or FedEx, have restrictions on the maximum combined length and girth of each parcel that you are shipping – this is otherwise known as the max girth.

The reasons for these restrictions is not to make the process more difficult for you, but rather to ensure the package fits comfortably onto any sorting conveyor belts or delivery vehicles it may encounter on its journey.

Each parcel carrier that we collaborate with has their own set of restrictions for parcel. For example, the maximum length that FedEx will accept for a package is 11 inches larger than what UPS accepts. However, the restriction for length and girth combined is 165” for both carriers. This is just one example of many.

Get an Accurate Weight

Your fully packaged parcel must be weighed to produce an accurate quote.

Request Your Quote

Once you have your accurate dimensions and weight, use the form at the top right of this page to request a quote. Unlike with freight shipping, you won’t get a response right away, but a member of our parcel team will contact you shortly with rates for you to compare.

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