UPS Carrier Guide

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.

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 which 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

Create a New UPS Account

  1. Go to and choose your region

UPS Region Selection

  1. Click New User at the top of the page

UPS New User

  1. Click Open a Shipping Account in the left-hand column

UPS Open Shipping

  1. Click Register Now under the New Users column on the right

UPS Register Now

  1. Enter information and specify account primary use under Login Settings and then click Next

UPS Login Settings

  1. Complete Profile and click Submit

UPS Submit Profile

Connect Your UPS Account to ShipEngine

  1. From your ShipEngine dashboard, Click Carrier Management and select UPS

Carrier Management

  1. Agree to the account terms in the UPS setup modal and then click next to continue setup


  1. Enter your information as it appears in your UPS account profile. You can find your UPS account profile under “Maintain my UPS account” (You can uncheck “I have received an invoice from the past 90 days” if this is a new UPS account.)

Connect UPS Account

  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