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Create A Shipping Method for UPS

This guide will show you how to link UPS to Smart Boxing. To learn how to link other carriers, go here.

To display live rates at checkout, you must have Carrier-Calculated Rates enabled on your Shopify account. Learn more here.

General Setup and Package Selection

1) Click Shipping on the main menu.

2) Click the Create shipping method button.

3) Click Select beside UPS.

4) Add a Title for your shipping method – e.g. ‘UPS’

5) Select who has Visibility of live rates calculated by this Shipping Method. You can choose Everyone or just those with Administrator access to your store.

When Visibility is set to Administrators only, your Shipping Method will only be visible at checkout by using a Customer Name that includes ‘Intuitive’.

6) Select which Packages you would like to include in the Shipping Method. By selecting multiple packages, Smart Boxing will have more options for choosing the most efficient packaging for an order.

Packages that are Inactive will be identified in the Shipping Method. Inactive Packages cannot be selected, and are ignored during rate calculations. To include Packages in rate calculations, edit the Package to set the status to Active.

Delivery Services

1) Select the carrier Services that you would like to have offered to customers at checkout – e.g. 2nd Day Air, Next Day Air, etc.

Only Services that are selected will be included in the live rate shipping calculation, if available.

UPS offers these Delivery Services:


Domestic Services are for shipments with an origin and destination address within the same country.

Domestic service names and features may vary by country. To see which domestic services are available in your country, visit your regional UPS website or go here to select your country.

  • 2nd Day Air – guaranteed 2-day delivery.
  • 2nd Day Air AM – guaranteed 2-day early delivery to commercial addresses.
  • Ground – 1-5 day delivery.
  • Next Day Air – guaranteed next-day delivery.
  • Next Day Air Early – guaranteed next-day delivery by 8:00 AM to major cities.
  • Next Day Air Saver – guaranteed next-day afternoon delivery; includes free packaging.
  • Standard – door-to-door service for less urgent shipments.


International Services are for shipments with an origin and destination address in different countries.

  • 3 Day Select – 3-day delivery for US/Canada with customs clearance.
  • Worldwide Expedited – guaranteed day-definite delivery to over 220 countries.
  • Worldwide Express guaranteed 1-3 day delivery to up to 140 countries.
  • Worldwide Express Plus guaranteed 1-3 day AM delivery to over 55 countries.

Add Carrier Account Details

If you have an account with UPS, you can link it to Smart Boxing to have your discounted shipping rates displayed at checkout. If you already have your User ID, API Password, Account Number and XML Access Key, skip ahead to Step #4.

A UPS account is not required to use Smart Boxing. If you do not have an account, user ID, password and XML key, leave the Account Details blank. Returned shipping rates will be based on UPS retail rates.

If you do not have a UPS account or if you do not have your account credentials:

1) Go to the UPS website.

2) Click Sign Up or Log In on the website’s top menu.

3) When signing up, follow the instructions to accept the UPS Technology Agreement, then create your account credentials.

Depending on when your account was created, an account number – also known as a Shipping Number – may not be associated with your account. To create one, log in to UPS and add a new account using the Payment Options menu or contact UPS to register.

4) Obtain your account credentials from your UPS account, then copy and paste your User ID, API password, UPS Account number and XML Access Key into Smart Boxing.

5) Click the Save button.

6) If desired, click Show optional settings to access additional carrier features, or make adjustments to the final shipping costs. To learn more about Optional Settings, go here.

Be sure to save your settings again if you make changes to your Optional Settings.


Each carrier has restrictions that may limit your shipping capabilities or prevent you from making certain shipments. Here are some restrictions to be aware of when using UPS.

  • Originating address – Not all UPS services are available in every country. To see which domestic services are available in your country, visit your regional UPS website or go here to select your country.
  • Restrictions by country – each country you ship to may have its own trade and import restrictions. Not all UPS delivery services are available to all countries. To learn more about restrictions to specific countries, go here.
  • Prohibited items – certain goods, including items considered to be illegal or dangerous, may not be shipped by UPS under any circumstances. To learn more about restricted items, go here.
  • Controlled items – items such as tobacco and vaping products, plants and animals, and dangerous goods may be shipped if they meet certain criteria. Other items such as pharmaceuticals may be shipped by UPS under strict regulations in some areas and prohibited in others. To learn more about restricted items, go here.
  • Packaging restrictions – some products can only be shipped if they comply with certain packaging standards. To learn more about UPS packaging requirements or for guidance on packaging your items, go here.
  • International restrictions – customs and international laws may limit what you ship, how you ship it, and how it can be returned to you. You may also require additional information – e.g. Harmonization codes – documentation and fees to complete your shipment. To learn more about shipping internationally with UPS, go here.

UPS Freight shipping is independent of UPS and requires a separate account number. UPS Freight is currently not integrated with Smart Boxing.

For more information about UPS restrictions, please visit UPS or contact your local UPS representative.


Live rates from UPS may not be appearing at checkout, or they may not be displayed as expected.

You may be able to determine why rates aren’t being displayed correctly by reviewing the rate calculation Activity.

1) Click Activity on the main menu.

2) Select ‘Unsuccessful requests only‘ from the Filter by request status drop-down list. This will display only Activities where rates were not returned.

4) Click View beside any ‘unsuccessful’ Activity.

5) In the Details section, click View log beside Warnings and errors, if available.

Warnings & errors are not displayed as a result of missing information, such as missing customer address information – or an invalid request – e.g. Visibility is turned off, Carrier-Calculated Rates are not enabled.

6) Review the warnings for UPS Shipping Services.

Here are some of the common reasons why some or all of your UPS live rates may not be appearing at checkout.

Setup & Testing Mode

While you are in Setup & Testing mode, live rates will only appear at checkout when the customer name contains ‘Intuitive’. To make your rates available in a live setting, you will need to activate your account and begin your 14-Day FREE Trial.

Visibility Settings

If your UPS rates are not appearing in a live setting, it may be because Visibility is set to Administrators only. This could be General Visibility or your UPS Shipping Method. To learn how to adjust Visibility settings, go here.

Carrier-Calculated Rates

Shopify’s Carrier-Calculated Rates feature must be enabled on your Shopify account in order to use any third-party shipping rate calculator app, including Smart Boxing. To learn how to enable Carrier Calculated rates, go here.

Account Credentials

Double-check to make sure that you’ve entered the correct User ID, API password, UPS Account number and XML Access Key, and that there are no spaces or extra/ missing characters.

Account API Setup

If your UPS account is connected to Smart Boxing and rates are appearing, but are higher than your negotiated rates, you may need to verify that your API settings are correct. Please contact UPS and confirm that ‘Rating API‘ is enabled on your account.


Rates may not appear if suitable Package sizes are not available. For example, when the appropriate package size is set to Inactive, the next largest size package will be used. If the larger package exceeds UPS size limitations, a rate will not be generated.

When no Package is available, Smart Boxing will attempt to create a custom package using the dimensions of the product(s) in the cart. Similarly, if the custom package exceeds UPS size limitations, a rate will not be generated.

Check to make sure that Packages in your UPS Shipping Method are suitable for products you’re shipping with UPS and that they do not exceed the size limitations.


Some UPS services may not be available due to restrictions, such as size & weight or customer address. If some UPS rates are being generated, but others are not – or, if rates from another Carrier Shipping Method (e.g. USPS) are being generated, but rates from UPS are not – it is most likely due to service restrictions.

Be sure to check that the selected services are compatible with the shipping address. For example, if the customer address is domestic- i.e. it is within the same country as the origin address – and only International services have been selected, rates may not be displayed.

If some rates were returned at checkout, but others were not, check for Warnings & Errors in the Activity Details.

Product Dimensions

Smart Boxing requires all Products to have dimensions assigned to them. Package dimensions are sent to UPS to calculate the dimensional weight of the order. When Product dimensions are missing, the packing process fails, and package information cannot be sent to UPS.


When you first begin using Smart Boxing in Setup & Testing mode, be sure to sync your Product catalog with to ensure that all of your products are available in the system. Products that have not been synced with Smart Boxing will not have dimensions. When Product dimensions are missing, the packing process fails, and package information cannot be sent to UPS.

Once you have activated Smart Boxing, products will be synced automatically. Be sure to add dimensions to each new product you add to Smart Boxing.

Multiple Package Blending

Smart Boxing lets you decide how to manage package blending. You can choose either Flexible or Strict.

Flexible blending means an attempt will be made to blend costs based on services. The lowest cost for each package will be blended together if packages do not have matching services.

Strict blending means costs will be blended only if all packages have matching services. No costs will be returned if packages do not have matching services.

Cost Adjustments

If rates are returning but appear to be either too high or too low, cost adjustments may have been applied to the Shipping Method in the Optional Settings section. Check the Cost adjustment section of your UPS Shipping Method’s Optional Settings.

Contact Us

If UPS rates are not being displayed as expected and you are unable to resolve the issue, please contact us. We’re here to help!

Updated on 7 August 2020

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