Types of Boxes for Fed-Ex

Know which box you need before you ship.
Know which box you need before you ship. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Federal Express, better known as FedEx, is a global shipping service used by millions of people. The company has many boxes and other shipping containers available for customers to use. To save time at the FedEx branch, it is a good idea to know what kind of container you will want in advance.


FedEx has three sizes of shipping boxes, all made of corrugated cardboard. Their smallest measures 12 1/4 inches long, 10 7/8 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches tall. It is designed for catalogs, file folders, videos, DVDs and CDs. The medium box measures 13 1/4 inches long, 11 1/2 inches wide and 2 3/8 inches tall, and is intended for items such as binders, books and heavy documents. The large box measures 17 7/8 inches long, 12 3/8 inches wide and 3 inches tall. It can be used for stacks of papers, reports or small parts.


FedEx offers many styles of shipping envelopes called Paks. These are used for smaller, flat objects such as invoices, reports, resumes and other paperwork. The Small Pak measures 10 1/4 inches by 12 3/4 inches, while the Large Pak is 12 inches by 15 1/2 inches. These Paks are available in either cardboard or polystyrene construction. There is also a Padded Pak available. It is nearly the same size as the Large Pak, but is lined with bubble wrap to protect sensitive materials such as CDs.

Shipping Tubes

The FedEx tube is designed for posters, charts, blueprints, rolls of fabric and other long, cylindrical shapes. The "tube" is actually a long, triangular box. Each side of the triangle measures 6 inches, and the tube is 38 inches long. It weighs only one pound, but can hold up to 20 lbs.

Flat-Rate International Boxes

FedEx has two flat-rate shipping boxes designed for international shipping. As long as the weight is under the limit for each box, the shipping cost is fixed for each country. The 10kg box measures 15 13/16 inches long, 12 15/16 inches wide and 10 3/16 inches tall, with a weight limit of 22 lbs. The 25kg box measures 21 9/16 inches long, 16 9/16 inches wide and 13 3/16 inches tall. It has a weight limit of 56 lbs.

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