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FedEx Boxes: How to Choose the Right One for Your Shipment

Before you opt for a particular FedEx box, there are certain things you should consider such as costs and dimensions. Learn more about the FedEx boxes here.
FedEx Boxes: How to Choose the Right One for Your Shipment
Gayatri Bhaumik

By Gayatri Bhaumik


July 4, 2020

Because there’s so much choice, many eCommerce retailers have trouble deciding which of the many FedEx boxes is suitable for their particular shipment. To ensure that your customers receive their items in the best condition possible, you must ensure that their orders are packed well and shipped in an appropriately-sized box.

In this article, we help you figure this out by breaking down the various FedEx boxes available by looking and their prices, sizes, and other pertinent information. Don’t forget - you can link your FedEx account to your Easyship dashboard to always receive the best rates!

FedEx Medium and Extra Large Boxes

Which Box Will Suit Your Needs?

Obviously, there’s a lot of choice when it comes to FedEx boxes. But, it’s important that you choose the right one for your shipment. There are several factors you should take into account when choosing your shipping box, including:

  • The type of item(s) you’re shipping
  • The courier service you’re using
  • The weight of the item(s) being shipped.
  • The size of your item(s)
  • Whether your item needs special packaging (i.e. if it’s fragile, dangerous, or a liquid)

The Different Types of FedEx Boxes

If you’re an eCommerce retailer that regularly uses FedEx to mail shipments to customers, you should be aware of the different FedEx boxes that are available. Understanding this will help you pick the right FedEx shipping boxes for your orders every time. Below, you’ll find the most commonly-used FedEx boxes for your shipping needs.

FedEx Small Box
This self-assembly FedEx box can hold a single reel of magnetic tape, videotapes, catalogs, small documents, CDs, and file folders. It is 27.6cm x 31.1cm x 3.8cm in size and has a weight limit of 9kg.

FedEx Medium Box
This self-sealing FedEx box is designed for large documents, binders, or books. It has a weight limit of 9kg and measures 29.2cm x 33cm x 6cm.

FedEx Large Box
Another self-sealing FedEx shipping box, this one is designed for machine parts, large stacks of paper, and computer printouts. The FedEx Large Box dimensions are 31.4cm x 45.4cm x 7.6cm, with a weight limit of 13kg.

FedEx A4 Box
This self-sealing FedEx shipping box is designed for customers who ship A-4 sized-items internationally. It has a weight limit of 9kg and measures 34.9cm x 46.2cm x 7.6cm.

FedEx Tube
This self-sealing FedEx tube is ideal for shipping items that are better shipped rolled than folded, such as fabric samples, drawings, photographs, posters, charts, and blueprints. It measures 96.5cm x 15.2cm x 15.2cm and has a weight limit of 9kg.

FedEx 10kg Box
This is one of the strong, double-walled FedEx boxes that are best used for cost-effective international fixed-rate shipping via FedEx International Priority service for shipments up to 10kg. It measures 40.16cm x 32.86cm x 25.8cm. However, this box is only available to bill senders, consignees, third-party, or single piece shipments.

FedEx 25kg Box
This is another FedEx box for fixed-rate international shipping via FedEx International Priority Service up for shipments weighing up to 25kg. It measures 54.76cm x 42.06cm x 33.49cm and again, is only for bill senders, consignees, third-party, or single piece shipments.

How Much Does It Cost?

If you need FedEx boxes for your shipments, you’ll be pleased to see that the courier has so many different types available. It’s important to note that all the above FedEx-branded boxes are free for customers.

Below, you’ll find a ballpark of prices for specialist FedEx boxes which you can buy in-store from FedEx locations.

Box Dimensions Price
Bike box 54in x 8in x 28in $15
Heavy-duty double-walled box 24in x 24in x 18in $10
Heavy-duty double-walled box 28in x 28in x 28in $15
Golf bag box 15in x 15in x 48in $12
Laptop box with kit 20in x 20in x 7in $15
FedEx Tube 96.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm $7.50
Golf club tube 50in x 9in x 9in 7.50
Tablet box 10-7/16in x 7-1/2in x 1in $10.00
Guitar box 20" x 8" x 50" $12
Related: UPS Box Sizes: Which One Will Work For You?

What's the Largest Size Box You Can Ship with FedEx?

If you’re looking to ship large items, you should know exactly what your courier restrictions are because all courier services have certain restrictions on the size and weight of packages that can be sent with the service.

For example, if you plan to ship a sofa, your package might be too heavy and too large to use the normal courier services. This doesn’t mean you can’t ship large packages - you just need to understand how to do it properly.

FedEx has size and weight restrictions that limit the FedEx large box dimensions you can ship with the various FedEx services.

  • FedEx Express: Maximum size: 119in x 165in x 165in / maximum weight: 150lbs.
  • FedEx Express International: Maximum size: 108in x 130in x 130in / maximum weight: 50lbs.
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery: Maximum size: 108in x 165in x 165in’ maximum weight: 05lbs.

Can I Get Free FedEx Packing Supplies?

Yes! You can get FedEx boxes when shipping with the courier. All you need to do is create a FedEx account. You’ll then be able to order the boxes you need; they’ll be sent to you free of charge. This includes all FedEx packing supplies and boxes, from enveloped to FedEx Pack and all the boxes described above.

Having your items arrived damaged can be a bad experience for both your customer and yourself. You can avoid this by packing and shipping your orders in the appropriate FedEx boxes, thus ensuring a positive customer experience.

Easyship can further streamline your shipping process by helping you find custom, cost-effective shipping boxes. You can easily set up your custom box sizes on your Easyship dashboard and use these when creating shipments to always access the best rates for your parcels.

Easyship also offers a wide range of automated shipping solutions. All you need to do is link your FedEx account to your Easyship account and access pre-negotiated shipping rates. Sign up for a free Easyship account now and gain access to automated shipping solutions!