Most of us are pros at shipping boxes through UPS or a pallet through one of Unishippers’ freight carrier partners. Wrap, snap, and done. But what about when you have something a little bit more unusual to ship? We’ve got you covered with a few FAQs for shipping difficult or dangerous items.
Can I ship dangerous goods or hazardous materials?
Often you can, depending on the type of item. UPS and many of Unishippers’ freight carrier partners will accept dangerous goods or hazardous materials, such as batteries, ammunition, medical items, and more if they are properly packaged and you comply with applicable regulations.
Unishippers’ Freight Manager allows you to indicate if your shipment is potentially hazardous. It will provide you with extremely useful tool tips on shipping hazardous items and the appropriate paperwork you will need to fill out, such as the correct ID number, hazardous class number, and appropriate packaging group. Freight Manager will walk you through the entire process, but we also recommend that you take advantage of your Unishippers office’s expertise to help you navigate the world of shipping hazardous and dangerous materials and goods.
What if I want to ship something of an unusual size or shape?
No problem. UPS has set established dimension limits for the size of packages. If your shipment is larger than UPS’s limits, consider shipping it through UPS Freight or one of Unishippers’ other carrier partners.
When measuring an irregularly shaped package, treat it as if it were in a rectangular box and measure it from its most extreme points. UPS’s guidelines are as follows:
- Packages can be up to 150 lbs.
- Packages can be up to 165 inches in length and girth combined.
- Packages with a large size-to-weight ratio require special pricing and dimensional weight calculations.
There are other considerations beyond just the size or shape of your unusual package, including potential stackability issues for freight shipments. Your Unishippers office has helped customers ship packages and freight of just about every shape and size, and are ready to help you in any way with your unusually shaped shipments.
Should I get insurance if I’m shipping something unusual or valuable?
We definitely recommend it! Even if you aren’t shipping something unusual or very valuable, Unishippers recommends adding insurance, which provides a much higher degree of protection than standard carrier liability. When you are preparing a shipment, you have the opportunity to declare a value for its contents and purchase shipment insurance. If you choose not to purchase insurance, the freight carrier will automatically apply only their standard liability if your unusual shipment is lost or damaged. These liability limits are generally very low, and adding insurance will give you peace of mind for your shipment.
If you have any additional questions about shipping unusual or dangerous items, just reach out to your Unishippers office. Happy shipping!