Parcels are small, individually packaged, and labeled shipments. They are lightweight, usually weighing 75 pounds or less. However, most parcel carriers allow up to 150 pounds and 165” in length + girth shipments.
Freight is a heavier shipment that weighs more than 150 pounds and is normally boxed, palletized or crated.
Shipping labels, sometimes called ‘package labels’, contain all the information a carrier needs to ship your package from its origin to its destination. These will include the following information :
Shipping labels also include many individual markings and labels that ensure proper transit and handling without damage, such as ‘handle with care’, ‘perishable items’, do not open’, ‘this end up’, and more.
International pictorial markings like This Way Up, Fragile, Do Not Stack, etc. have certain display requirements by ISO like -
Marking and labels:
When shipping dangerous goods in limited quantities (Gross Mass less than 30 kg)by ground within American states, hazard class labels, placards, general markings, or addresses are NOT required for packaging. However, you must display a Limited Quantity Label For Ground/Surface Transport.
When shipping by air, Limited Quantity shipments must have a “Y” in the Packing Instruction column of the declaration. All marks and labels like hazard class labels, addresses, net weights, etc., are required. The Limited Quantity Label for Air is required with “Y” in the center.
Yes. Regulations for shipping perishable goods change according to the mode of shipment selected.