In case you’re considering or are using UPS Shipping this article will be more helpful to you because here we will be explaining shipping procedures in the simple steps. Also, you will get the full detail regarding the UPS shipping calculator.
Shipping services are vital in today’s world with the more organizations and businesses from everywhere throughout the world are moving online, and more and more customers are making purchases from stores in and outside their country so one aspect of the business that is constantly changing is shipping.
Apart from the Business, people are using shipping services widely but they find the shipping steps very complex. That why I am here to tell you to step by step process of UPS shipping as well as detail discussion of requirements, methods needed for local as well as international shipping. Apart from this, we are also going to answer some of the common problems faced by people during shipping.
The UPS shipping process is not the much-complicated process but still, people find it difficult due to the lack of useful information. So whether you are shipping online at the ups.com or using any other UPS shipping system, We will go to provide steps to complete shipment easily. But first, let’s start with the finding rates and delivery times:
Steps to send your package using UPS shipping
If you are thinking of sending your package through UPS then follow these simple steps to send your package through UPS:
Step1: Find UPS shipping rates and delivery timings
Before sending any shipment you must know the following two things:
- What is the arrival time of your shipment
- What will be the cost of your shipment
These two are the most important things to know before the starting shipment process. UPS provide the calculator which helps to find the shipping cost and times for different locations of the world where UPS services are present. Click here to directly go to the calculator or look into next heading to get the information regarding the use of this application.
UPS shipping calculator
This application will help you to find delivery timings and dates for all the UPS shipment as well as freight service in more than 150 countries. It also helps to find the UPS shipping prices for the different countries where UPS services are present and hence you will be able to know your exact range.
Follow these steps to find the UPS shipping cost and time:
- Put the mouse cursor on shipping tab from the site UPS official site ups.com.
- Select the Calculate Time and Cost from the drop down menu. You can also go directly the page from here.
- A new page will be open like shown in below image.
- Fill all the Shipment details required in the form like destination place, shipping date, origin place, city, country etc.
- It will show you result on the right side of the page for the information entered. Below image is for reference only showing search result for Anchorage, USA.
- Also at the right side, you will see some more fields. To find out the cost of the shipment fill these details correctly and click the update button.
- Now you will also get the cost of the shipment information you have filled.
This application will help you to find the correct delivery time and available cost for any address in the world. The more advantages of using this UPS shipping calculator:
- You will get the ups shipping estimate in the country’s currency
- You will get the shipping details for multiple packages also.
- The extra cost which is needed to be added in the shipment can also be calculated through this app.
- Get the review rate summary in the form of a chart.
- You can group your result by time and cost
- You will also get the international shipping delivery date, time and cost also.
Although shipping cost for all the countries is not available but if you don’t get the shipping cost and time for selected country or region then you should contact the UPS local office for the information.
Note: Shipping rates does not include some extra taxes or non- routine custom brokerage charges. So in some cases, your final shipping charges may differ from charges shown here.
Other methods to find UPS shipping rates and delivery timings:
Zones and rates Charts
You can also use the UPS zone and rate chart to find the UPS shipping rates for the package you want to ship through UPS. Go to official site and find the option in the shipping tab or you can directly go to this page and follow the steps given to get the chart.
Note: You can also download this chart for the future reference but I will suggest you visit online as the rates and timings changes time to time.
U.S. Ground maps
This map can be used to get the delivery timings and date for the UPS ground shipment inside the USA, you only need the five-digit postal code of the region. You will get this option under the tab shipping on the official website.
Fill the shipping date and the zip code of the city. After clicking submit button you will get the result like this on your screen.
Above is the image is for reference only showing search result for the postal code 99501 (Anchorage) in USA.
Note: You can also print this map for future use by clicking on link “printer friendly”.
European transit time maps
This map works similar to the above-discussed map with the little difference. It shows the number of business days needed to deliver any shipment via UPS throughout the world. This option is also available under the tab shipping. You will get the window as shown below, fill the required field like country, city name and postal code.
ON clicking “display map” button, you will get the window shown below:
Above image is for reference only showing search result for the postal code 6020.
Step 2: Select a UPS shipping Service
After knowing the UPS shipping estimate and delivery timings, the next step is to find the service for you package. UPS provides the various types of service options for your all types of needs whether you are using it for business or personal reasons, using it for long or short distances or using it to deliver 1 or 100 packages. So there are various services provided by the UPS like UPS express critical, UPS ground etc. for different shipping services.
UPS shipping services for US:
UPS Express Critical- This service commit to deliver same day anywhere in USA and provide the exact delivery time once the order is placed.
UPS Next Day Air Early- Commit to deliver on next business day and deliver the package around 8:00 A.M.
UPS Next Day Air- Commit to deliver on next business day and delivers the package till 10:30 A.M.
UPS Next Day Air Saver- Commit to deliver on next business day and delivers the shipment within the US till 3:00 P.M.
UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.- This service commit to deliver the shipment in 2 business day
UPS 2nd Day Air- It commints to deliver service in 2 business days but mostly deliver with in a day.
UPS 3 Day Select- Commit to deliver the package in 3 business days and deliver till the end of the day.
UPS Ground- This service commit to deliver between 1 to 5 days and delivery timing based on the distance of the recpeint address from the source.
UPS Ground with Freight Pricing- Commit to deliver in 1 to 5 days but delivery timing is based on the distance of the recpeint address from the source.
UPS International Shipping Services
UPS Express Critical- Delivery is based on the available flight so exact delivery time is known when the order is placed
UPS Worldwide Express Plus- Commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver till 8:30 to 9:00 A.M.
UPS Worldwide Express- Commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver till 10 Am to 12 Noon.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight- Commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver by day end.
UPS Worldwide Saver- Commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver by day end.
UPS Worldwide Expedited- Commit to deliver in 2 to 5 business days but deliver by day end.
UPS Standard- Commit to deliver on date scheduled but deliver by day end.
UPS Worldwide Express NA1- Commit to deliver on next business days but deliver till 10:30 AM.
UPS 3 Day Select from Canada- Commit to deliver in 3 business days but deliver by day end.
UPS freight Shipping Services
There are various UPS freight services in available for the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico:
UPS Next Day Air Freight- Commit to deliver in next business days but deliver till 12 Noon to 5:00 P.M
UPS Next Day Air Freight NGS- This UPS service ommit to deliver in next business days but deliver till 12 Noon to 5:00 P.M.
UPS 2nd Day Air Freight- Commit to deliver in 2 business days but deliver till 812 Noon to 5:00 P.M.
UPS 2nd Day Air Freight NGS- This UPS service commit to deliver in 2 business days but deliver till 12 Noon to 5:00 P.M .
UPS 3 Day Freight- Commit to deliver in 3 to 4 business days but deliver till 5:00 P.M .
UPS 3 Day Freight NGS- Commit to deliver in 3 to 4 business days but deliver till 5:00 P.M.
There are various UPS freight services in available for the U.S. Contiguous 48 States and Mexico:
UPS Worldwide Express Freight- This UPS service commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver by day end.
UPS Worldwide Expedited Air Freight- Commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver to airport by day end.
UPS Worldwide Expedited Ground Freight- This UPS service commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver by day end.
There are various UPS freight services in available for the All Other Origins and Destinations:
UPS Worldwide Express Freight- Commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver by day end.
UPS Air Freight Direct- This service commit to deliver in 1 to 3 business days but deliver to airport by day end.
UPS Air Freight Consolidated- Commit to deliver in 3 to 5 business days but deliver to airport by day end.
Apart from these Ups also provide some of the Value added services which you can easily forund on the official site.
Step 3: Prepare your UPS shipping Package
Most of the people ignore this step but this is most important step before the shipment and it is also not that easy task but here we are providing full information which you will need for preparing your package. You can use your own packaging or packaging provided by the UPS. Follow the below steps:
Step 3.1- Use a new and good quality corrugated box if possible because box loses its protective quality every time it is used. Use the box according to your content for shipment so that you can make sure your package will be safe during shipment. UPS Package Design and Test Lab have developed an chart which will help you find the right size and maximum weight limit of a box.
Above two images shows the dimention of the shipping box according to the package.
Note: If package is not properly packed then it may result in change of packaginging as well as shipping charges.
Step 3.2- Apart from selecting good quality box, always make sure your package is also protected internally also Every package should be covered by at least two inches of cushioning.
The material that can be used for cushioning are:
- Use air encapsulated plastic which is mainly for protecting lightweight items.
- Air bags are also a great option for protecting your shipment but make sure it should not be used for sharp or edgey items and should not have very hot or cold temperature.
- Expanded polysterene are also a good option for protecting package but should not be used when package is narrow or thin.
Other materials that can be used are engineered foam, foam in place or crumpled craft papers etc.
The material that should not be used are blankets, newspapers, pillows or any other tyepe of clothing or materials etc.
Step 3.3- After covering your UPS package properly make sure you tie up the bos=x or container properly with a good tap or plastic. If the shipment is heavier then nomal tape or masking tape will not be very helpful. So use the pressure sensitive plastic or Nylon reinforced filament tape.
Step 3.4– Proper labeling of the package is must for everyone. So at the time of labeling always keep below mentioned points in mind:
- Complete postal address of the recipient should be included
- Please include the street number or flat number very clearly in the shipping label.
- Always place the label at the top and centre position from where it will be easily visible.
- Delete all the old labels from the used box else it will create the the confusion in the between the two labels.
Note: Also there are some goods which require special care so you should confirm about their shipping before. Special care shipment includes batteries, irregularly shaped items, live animals, wine, tobacco etc.
Step 4: Get your UPS shipping locations
UPS provides many locations and pick up facility at most of the places which makes shipping very easy at the most of the locations. You can ship your package by two methods- either go by yourself to ine of the UPS location and submit it for shipping or you can also opt for schedule a pick up facility also. In schedule a pick up facility, UPS employee will collect your package from your door step on a date you will schedule.
You can also apply for the UPS shipping online what you have to do is follow the below step:
- Go to ups official site.
- Select the create shipment option shipping tab on the website page. For more, you can refer the image below.
- A form is displayed having lots of option to be filled as shoun in below images.
- Fill all the details correctly like address of the recipient etc.
- After fiiling whole menu you will get the button named next at the end of form, click it and follow the next procedure.
Step 5: Track your UPS package
UPS also provide the tracking facility through which you can easily track varours type of shipiing like UPS ground shipping etc. Now a days every one wants to be updated on their packages current status that’s why UPS provide various tracking methods through which you can easily track your shipment and can contact or complain immediately in case of any problems. ALL the packages are assigned with a unique tracking number through which you can access any information related to that shipment from the official website of the UPS.
UPS Shipping documents and forms
Shipping also requires some documents and forms procedure but it consumes a lot of time in preparing these documents that’s why UPS is providing automated shipping system for the all the domestic package shipping. It will be advantageous in several ways:
- A lot of time is saved from shipment preparing.
- It will save all the information related to the shipment electronically.
- There will be fewer chances of errors by using automated shipping system.
- Package tracking became easy task
- It maintain your address book so you don’t need to remember all the addresses
You will get professional looking labels for your shipment.
Take care of these points at the time of shipping if you are not using automated shipping system.
There are also UPS Air Shipping Document (ASD) which has your address label, tracking label as well as shipping record all in one. These ASDs are available for all the UPS shipping services.
Conclusion: Now you can ship any package through UPS shipping service anywhere in the world by following above five steps. Now you can easily use the UPS shipping calculator to estimate the cost and delivery time easily. If you have any query related to the shipping, you can comment below in the comment box.