UPS Carrier Guide

This article provides the following details about setting up UPS as a carrier in ShipEngine:

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) is the world's largest domestic and international package delivery company and a fully integrated partner with ShipEngine.

UPS offers basic retail shipping services as well as negotiated rate programs and consolidation services such as Mail Innovations.

Negotiated Rates are the contract rates established with UPS and your UPS Account Representative. Enabling Negotiated Rates within your shipping or rating systems allows you to view the most current and accurate rates for your UPS account.

This guide provides an overview of shipping services that UPS offers and the service codes that you will use to create UPS shipments.

Whether you need to create a new UPS account or are ready to connect an existing one to ShipEngine, the setup guides below can get you started.

NOTE: See our article Set Up ShipEngine Carriers to learn about our Walleted services.

UPS Service Levels

Domestic and International Services

Service Transit Time Combined Length and Girth (L+2W+2H) Max Weight Service Codes
Ground 1-5 Business days 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_ground
3 Day Select 3 Business days 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_3_day_select
2nd Day Air 2 Business days 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_2nd_day_air
2nd Day Air AM 2 Business days (before noon) 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_2nd_day_air_am
Next Day Air Saver 1 Business day (End of day) 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_next_day_air_saver
Next Day Air 1 Business day 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_next_day_air
Next Day Air Early 1 Business day (delivery between 8:00 am-10:00 am) 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_next_day_air_early_am
Standard (International) Delivery times can vary by location 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_standard_international
WorldWide Expedited 2-5 Business days (Delivery times can vary by location) 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs. ups_worldwide_expedited
WorldWide Saver 1-3 Business Days (Delivery times can vary depending on location) 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs. ups_worldwide_saver
WorldWide Express 1-3 Business Days (Delivery times can vary depending on location) 165” (419cm) 150 Ibs ups_worldwide_express

Predefined Packages

Predefined Package Name Package Code Dimensions
UPS Letter ups_letter 12.5-15in x 9.5in
UPS 10 KG Box® ups_10_kg_box 16.5in x 13.25in x 10.75in
UPS 25 KG Box® ups_25_kg_box 19.75in x 17.75in x 13.25in
UPS Tube ups_tube Triangular tube for rolled papers
38in x 6in x 6in
UPS Express® Pak ups_express_pak 16in x 12.75 in
UPS Express® Box ups_express_box 12.5in x 3.75in x 18in
UPS Express® Box - Small ups_express_box_small 13in x 11in x 2in
UPS Express® Box - Medium ups_express_box_medium 16in x 11in x 3in
UPS Express® Box - Large ups__express_box_large 18in x 13in x 3in

Additionally, UPS has 10 predefined packages that can be used with the UPS Mail Innovations domestic and international services:

Predefined Package Name Package Code Min/Max Weight
MI - BPM Flat mi_bpm_flat 0.1 lb. - 15 lbs.
MI - BPM Parcel mi_bpm_parcel 0.1 lb. - 15 lbs.
MI - First Class mi_first_class 0.1 lb. - 13 lbs.
MI - Irregulars mi_irregulars 1 oz. - 16 oz.
MI - Machinables mi_machinables 6 oz. - 16 oz.
MI - Media Mail mi_media_mail 0.1 lb. - 70 lbs.
MI - Parcel Post mi_parcel_post 0.1 lb. - 70 lbs.
MI - Priority mi_priority 0.9 lb. - 70 lbs.
MI - Standard Flat mi_standard_flat 0.1 oz. - 16 oz.
MI Intl - BPM mi_intl_bpm 0.1 lb. - 15 lbs.
MI Intl - Flats mi_intl_flats 0.1 oz. - 16 oz.
MI Intl - Parcels mi_intl_parcels 0.1 lb. - 15 lbs.

Account Setup Guides

NOTE: If you have a UPS account already, skip ahead to Connect Your UPS Account to ShipEngine.

Create a New UPS Account

  1. Go to ups.com and choose your region.

UPS Region Selection

  1. Click Sign Up at the top of the page.

UPS New User

  1. Enter your information, check the box to accept the terms of the UPS Technology Agrement, and then click Sign Up.

UPS Login Settings

  1. Click Manage My Profile to complete your setup (we recommend) or click Continue (not recommended) to return to the UPS home page.

UPS Continue or Manage My Profile

IMPORTANT Before you can ship, you must set up the following details for your account under the UPS Profile page.

  • My Information
  • Addresses
  • Payment Options
  • Set My Preferences

UPS Manage My Profile


Connect Your UPS Account to ShipEngine

  1. Log in to ShipEngine and from your left-hand dashboard, click Connections.

ShipEngine Dashboard: Connections

  1. Click the + Add a Carrier button to the right of the Other Shipping Providers heading. You will see the Add a Carrier pop-up.

+ Add a Carrier button (boxed in red) at right of tiles under ShipEngine Carriers

TIP The "Add a Carrier" button lets you connect your own UPS account to ShipEngine. This is different from the UPS account that's part of the ShipEngine Carriers

  1. Select the UPS tile in the Add a Carrier popup.

+ Add a Carrier pop-up with UPS tile boxed in red

  1. Click Next and then click Confirm to complete the setup process.

Confirm UPS Account Connect

Your account will now appear in your carriers list with an assigned carrier_id that you will specify when creating UPS shipments