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FedEx has earned global recognition through its extensive, international parcel delivery operations, which cover over 200 countries. Find out why more and more businesses are choosing the Ship24 tracking API to track their FedEx shipments here.

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How do I get a universal tracking API for FedEx?

The Ship24 universal tracking API covers hundreds of couriers, including FedEx, with its global tracking API system. FedEx is a key courier due to its size and huge international parcel delivery operations which span the globe, which is why Ship24 ensures it can track all registered FedEx parcels globally through its tracking API system.

FedEx is a very popular courier, which began offering shipping options in America but has since extended its services to offer global parcel delivery services. The postal giant we know today as FedEx was originally called the Federal Express Corporation, before it changed its name. It has since become a corporation that comprises FedEx, FedEx Express, FedEx Global Logistics, and FedEx Ground. FedEx is well known not only for its success as a start-up founded in the 1970s but as the first courier company to introduce the option to track packages as well as provide follow-up tracking information about their parcel's location as it moves along its route.

It is a testament to FedEx's innovation that these options have been adopted by many others in the industry, with parcel tracking now an industry standard for couriers. Even though tracking systems have been implemented by most courier companies since FedEx stays one of the most powerful courier companies and provides its services in more than 200 countries all over the world today.

Unbeknown to some, tracking numbers were initially implemented for internal purposes, to help FedEx with quality control. The idea behind the move was to improve the service overall but parcel tracking capability was such a resounding success that within a few years package tracking was offered to FedEx users as part of the service.

This by-chance addition to its services led to a newfound trust in the company and it went from strength to strength, all thanks to FedEx's package tracking innovation. This, in turn, has massively boosted the trust in purchasing from international eCommerce platforms and marketplaces globally. Now, businesses are turning to tracking API systems, such as with Ship24, to take their tracking capability universal.

Which tracking API can track my FedEx package?

Today, parcel tracking options include tracking for items sent via a variety of transport methods, including air, sea, road, and train. Indeed, tracking has become something that many consumers have come to demand as part of buying online. This has led to websites having multiple options for shipping at the checkout part of their online platform, which helps customers choose the appropriate parcel shipping for their order depending on its urgency.

However, tracking parcels is not just a need for single consumers. Perhaps of equal if not of more importance, is universal tracking for FedEx parcels. This can be achieved through a more dedicated universal tracking API solution, which connects with a business or enterprise to allow for optimal global tracking capability.

Now that businesses can take advantage of global tracking API systems for all FedEx parcels and packages universally, people have also queried how they can expand such a system to cover all couriers, not just FedEx. Although FedEx indeed offers their own in-house tracking system, they cannot provide information for other courier services, which leaves businesses trying to find a solution to all of their global tracking needs in one place: step in Ship24.

From the very beginning, Ship24 has offered global, multi-courier tracking services, which cover hundreds of handlers around the globe. No longer do businesses need to go to individual websites of the couriers whose often numerous parcels are being handled by, they can find all of their shipping solutions in one place, whether it be with FedEx, or its competitors, such as DHL, UPS, Royal Mail or otherwise.

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What size FedEx shipment can a tracking API trace?

Any capable tracking APIs can track all FedEx mail, regardless of the size and weight of the parcel, as long as it is registered mail. However, people are increasingly looking for what the best tracking APIs are on the market, of which Ship24 is certainly one. The Ship24 tracking API system is an all-encompassing tracking API that can trace parcels and packages of any size or weight from FedEx. Due to Ship24 not being a courier company, it also has no loyalties to a specific courier and therefore can track hundreds of couriers across the globe in the click of a button, checking all of the websites it needs to find your parcel or package.

This can be extremely useful even when it comes to just tracking a FedEx parcel, as outsourcing or sub-contracting by courier companies means that sometimes FedEx parcels can be handled by another courier along with certain parts of its journey where there are not sufficient FedEx services within the region. This means that even tracking through the FedEx tracking system cannot get the latest tracking information on your FedEx parcel. On the other hand, Ship24's connection to over 700 couriers worldwide means that it can offer the best real-time tracking information on your parcel, including both its current location and its current status, wherever it is in the world.

If you are shipping a parcel with FedEx, ordering from a seller who is shipping with FedEx, or want to request a seller ship with FedEx, then it is important to know the requirements for shipments with FedEx Express. Therefore, below is the list of standard weights and measurements for the company. Please note that these could be subject to change and checking the FedEx websites or contacting the company for any updates is always advised.

Average weight and size restrictions for standard shipping options with FedEx:

  • Any FedEx Express services, you can ship packages up to 150 lbs.; up to 119" in length and 165" in length and girth.
  • Any FedEx Express international services, you can ship packages up to 150 lbs.; up to 108" in length and 130" in length and girth.
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery Services, you can ship packages up to 150 lbs; up to 108" in length, and 165" in length plus girth.
  • Any FedEx Express Freight Services, you can ship individual skids of 150 lbs. or more. Skids exceeding 2,200 lbs. in weight or exceeding 70" in height, 119" in length, or 80" in width require prior approval.

To measure length and girth, you need to measure the length, height, and width of the package. With these measurements, you will be able to work out the size as the length and girth equal length plus twice the width and twice the height.

You may also need to calculate Dimensional Weight, which applies when the package is relatively light compared with its volume. Should the dimensional weight be more than the actual weight, charges may increase depending on the amount. It is always best to check with FedEx should your package be unusual in this respect.

To measure dimensional weight, you need to multiply the length by width by height in inches, then divide by 139 for the United States and international shipments. Now, senders should compare the dimensional weight and actual weight. Any weight greater than the actual weight or the dimensional weight may incur further charges.

FedEx advises that senders place yellow and black safety heavyweight labels over the diagonal corners of packages that weigh over 75 lbs.

FedEx Packaging advisory guidelines for parcel shipments:

  • Only FedEx Express packaging shipments.
  • Boxes provided by the seller must be sturdy and up to standard
  • Softer boxes, such as shoe boxes, must be reinforced in a corrugated outer box.
  • Senders are advised to use double-wall boxes for heavier items.

Will a tracking API show me the delivery days for my FedEx parcel?

Shipment tracking APIs are designed to give you the most recent update regarding tracking information on your FedEx parcel. However, the day of delivery will depend on the courier. The same is true for delivery timeframes, which will all be determined by the timeframes advertised by the specific courier but also could be subject to unforeseen delays due to several other factors.

Before detailing the time frames offered by FedEx's parcel delivery service, buyers and sellers should consider the following reasons why their package might be delayed beyond those guideline timeframes:

  • Unforeseen circumstances: such as freak weather accidents that cause road accidents (where orders are sent by road), ship canal blockages (where parcels are sent via sea), grounded flights (where parcels are sent via air), and train delays (where parcels are sent by train)
  • Customs clearance issues: such as when an item is pulled for customs checks which take longer than expected or when an order does not pass a customs clearance and further action is required
  • High volume of shipping: such as during a holiday season. For instance, if a parcel passes through a country that is celebrating a national holiday or more global holidays are being celebrated such as Christmas and Chinese New Year.
  • Other

In these circumstances, the tracking API will have the latest tracking information which will aid a business to have the most information possible on the cause of the delays and how to proceed if any action needs to be taken to keep their parcel moving, such as when facing difficulties at customs.

The Ship24 universal tracking API gives you real-time information on the location and status of your parcel so if delays should occur and the status of your parcel changes, the information will be instantly accessible for those connected with the universal shipment tracking API.

Why does my business need a FedEx tracking API?

A universal FedEx tracking API has become a very important tool for businesses that regularly or even every so often use the delivery companies' services. Indeed, FedEx - which is one of the largest private courier companies in the world, which is in direct competition with sector heavyweights UPS, DHL, TNT, DPD, EMS and so on - handles and is responsible for shipping millions of packages and parcels per year.

As eCommerce and distance selling continue to rise and dominate the new economy, the importance of these massive delivery companies is increasing and with it is effective tracking solutions for the parcels it handles. Where individuals may choose to track a parcel directly with FedEx, businesses who are using the service to send parcels internationally or receive them and deliver them in their relevant country need multicarrier and worldwide tracking capability for multiple parcels. This means they need tracking functionality beyond the standard methods, which is where businesses are turning to market-leading FedEx package tracking API providers, such as Ship24, to meet their business needs.

What FedEx package tracking API services does Ship24 provide?

Ship24 provides a global, multicarrier package tracking service that will not only give businesses universal visibility over the movement of their shipments but give them back the control to make decisions based on the locational and status updates provided by Ship24 as their goods move from origin to destination.

Ship24's powerful tracking API delivers one hundred percent of tracking notifications which are made available along a parcel's route, whether it is being handled by FedEx or a subcontracted/third party courier as part of its journey. For instance, if you order eCommerce goods from China to the USA, your package will likely be handled by either the China Post, China Post EMS, or another private courier firm within the country, such as 4PX or Cainiao. This means that tracking with FedEx directly may not mean you are able to get all the tracking updates available to you until the package is handed over to FedEx along its journey.

This may not happen until your package travels all the way to the United States, meaning your company is missing out on vital updates occurring with your parcel. Ship24's tracking API tracks thousands of different e-tailers, marketplaces, logistics companies, and national postal operators to ensure that you receive all the notifications available across the entire journey of your parcel, regardless of the origin and the final destination.

Not only do we ensure multicarrier and universal tracking capability through our tracking API, but we also are backed by an international support team of experts who offer best-in-class support for our clients. We are not just another shipping company, but evidence through our range of services which span from shipping VAT solutions to tracking webhooks that we are passionate about shipping solutions for companies within this sector. If you need second-to-none support with your business shipping, look no further than the shipping experts, Ship24. Reach out to our team today via the chatbox, which you can find on the pricing section of our website at the bottom right (one of our team should pop up and say hello!), or alternatively reach out on the contact page and we will get back to you and answer any of your technical questions.

What if I identify a problem with my FedEx parcel while using a tracking API?

Shipping APIs, such as the universal tracking API from ship24, will give you up to date

Check out the official FedEx website to obtain the local dedicated customer service center and get more information about any FedEx package delivery issues.

Which FedEx shipping options does a tracking API cover?

The Ship24 global tracking API covers all FedEx shipping options, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. No matter which courier your parcel is being handled by, FedEx or otherwise, those connected to the Ship24 universal tracking API can rest assured the latest parcel location and status is available instantly, no matter where in the world it is or at what time.

The standard FedEx delivery options are as follows:

  • FedEx Priority (US)

Delivery days: Daily except for Sunday from 1.30 to 2.30 pm

Delivery time: Within 24 hours or overnight

Coverage: In the US, regional restrictions apply

  • FedEx International Priority

As the most popular international shipping service, FedEx international Priority, has time guaranteed delivery dates within the US and worldwide. See below for those timeframe promises.

  • Delivery Days: Monday to Friday. Saturday service available in some countries
  • Delivery Times: Usually are delivered within 1-3 business days, with the next business day to Canada, Mexico, the US, and the Caribbean from most countries. Deliveries usually reach major cities in Europe by 10:30 am within 2 business days.
  • Delivery Area: More than 220 countries and territories
  • Package Size: Ship any package up to 68 kg. (150lbs.)

(Please note: Package sizes also include the following features: Unlimited weight on multiple-piece shipments to the same destination and dimensions per package can be up to 274 cm (108") in length, or 330 cm (130") in length and girth combined. However, if you use your own packaging, dimensional weight may apply.)

  • FedEx Home Delivery

Delivery days: On Saturdays
Delivery time: within 5 days
Coverage: Global

  • FedEx 2 days Delivery

Delivery days: Daily except for Sunday before 4.30 pm
Delivery time: 2 days
Coverage: In the US, regional restrictions apply

  • FedEx Ground

Delivery days: Daily
Delivery time: 1-5 days
Coverage: the US only

  • FedEx Smart Post

Delivery days: Daily except for Sundays
Delivery time: 2-7 days
Coverage: the US only

Although FedEx does offer weekend delivery in some areas, timings and schedules will differ from region to region depending on several different factors. The most notable variations are when it comes to Alaska and Hawaii. The two types of services which usually deliver on weekends are called FedEx Saturday delivery and FedEx Sunday delivery.

FedEx Saturday delivery offers pickup and delivery service on Saturdays.

FedEx recently launched Sunday deliveries in 2020 to aid online retailer sales and boost customer experience in the growing industry, which was of particular importance amid the pandemic.

Also included in the FedEx Express service is the service extras. This includes a money-back guarantee if a parcel is not delivered on time. As well as Saturday service, dangerous goods, FedEx international broker select, and others. Check the FedEx website for additional information on the service extras.

Ship24’s tracking API is a one-stop-shop tracking solution for your business.

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