Length, Width, and Height

Are length, width, and height required?

Yes, but in most cases you can default to a constant like 5 in. Package dimensions are only used in special cases. For example, UPS might charge you a small fee for shipping a fish pole even though it might have the same weight as a small package. This is because a fishing pole can be difficult to transport and takes up more space. This ratio of space to weight is often referred to as dimensional weight.

Most shippers can just set all packages to specified dimension without an effect on the accuracy of rate; however, if you suspect that you will be shipping irregular or oversized packages experiement with providing the actual package dimensions and see if the rate changes.

How do I specify the package dimensions in RocketShipIt for UPS™?

You can set the dimensions on a per shipment level like this::

$package = new \RocketShipIt\Package('UPS');

You can also set them as defaults in your config.php file.

What are the weight and size limits for shipping using UPS?

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

  • 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.

Packages over 70 lbs

UPS requires that you attach a heavy package sticker to all your packages that weigh more than 70 lbs. (31.5 kgs).

Apply the bright yellow UPS heavy package sticker to your package at the right of the address label for maximum visibility and write the weight of your package in the white area on the label.

When you use these highly visible heavy package stickers, it allows UPS to give your heavy packages the special attention and handling that they need and deserve. The stickers alert our employees, as well as your customers, that special care should be taken to safely handle these packages.