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Small package shipping, also known as parcel shipping, is the shipping of goods or packages under the weight of 150lbs. These smaller packages can be shipped using less than truckload freight or by a local courier, such as UPS or FedEx. These local couriers typically have arranged, daily pickups that have length, girth, and weight limits. If the package exceeds this, shipping on freight will need to be arranged.

Small Package Delivery with uShip

Need to ship small packages, but don’t know where to start? Small packages that are too large to send by traditional mail, such as bowling balls, home electronics, microwaves, or computers can easily be shipped with services from uShip. We will provide tips for shipping small items, and help you get shipping rates from professional transporters who have some extra space on their truck. If you get off track, just let us know, and we will get you back on the road.

The uShip marketplace makes it easy to find professional shipping companies at the best rates. Create your listing with as much detail about your small item as possible. Then, carriers who have extra space in their truck will be able to provide you low delivery quotes for your review. You can then talk to the transporters and look at their carrier profiles to get a feel for the quality of service they offer before accepting their rate.

How to Ship Small Packages

uShip makes shipping small packages easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Listing

Think about your needs for your small package delivery, including dates and locations for pickup and delivery. When listing a small package shipment, give accurate measurements of the size of the item or box, the contents and the parcel weight. By giving complete information on your shipment, you can help transporters give you the best price possible and ensure that it is properly handled in transit.

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2 | Choose the Best Small Package Shipping Company

When your shipment listing is completed, you will start receiving small package delivery rates from transporters as they compete for your business. You will get the best shipping rates from the best parcel shipping companies. As the quotes come in, you can ask the transporters questions and find out more about their package delivery services.

Transporters in the uShip marketplace have their own carrier profiles with their safety records, transportation history, and customer rated feedback. A cheap shipping rate for a small package is great, but you want to review the carrier profiles. Look at their transportation history to see if they have shipped a parcel like yours and see the feedback their previous customers have had for them. By talking to the shipping companies and reviewing their carrier profiles, you can rest assured you’re choosing the best small package shipping company.

3 | Small Package Shipping & Delivery

Once you have chosen your parcel delivery service, contact them directly with any additional information, questions, or concerns you may have about your shipment. Find out what you can about pick up and delivery locations and communicate that information to your transporter. Provide them any third party contact information that may benefit the ease of the shipment. If you have any trouble communicating directly with your small package shipping company, please let us know. uShip is here to help before, during, and after your small package delivery.

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There are several different levels of service that can be offered for parcel shipping . These levels of service refer to the timeframe that shipping carriers will take to deliver a package from origin to destination. This generally includes next-day delivery, same-day delivery, two-day delivery, and standard delivery. Depending on the carrier you choose to ship with, more levels of service may be offered.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Small Package?

The cost to ship a small package depends on the dimensions and weight of the package, the transport distance, and the service level you want. For a better idea of what your parcel shipping may cost, visit our cost to ship household goods. There, you will see package shipments like yours completed through the uShip marketplace and get an idea of how we work.

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