USPS Shipping Rate Charts

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For a long time I used the USPS Shipping Calculator to check shipping prices, but there is a more efficient way to see what your shipping will cost–the USPS Shipping Rate Charts–even more so now that USPS redesigned the calculator to hide all but the highest priced services unless you know how to make it show the rest of the options.

You can see the USPS Shipping Rate Charts on these pages:

USPS Shipping Rate Charts

The basic text pages–these are easier for me to read:

The fancy pages–you need to click the name of the service on the left side of the Shipping Charts page to check prices in a chart layout–both domestic & international, plus extra services (otherwise it sends you to the shipping calculator):

You’ll need to know if your packages meet the size requirements for the service & the weight limits, each of the shipping option pages has that info right on it.

USPS Shipping Discount

If you are printing your labels with postage through an online service or using the USPS Shipping Assistant with postage stamps to cover the cost (see here for help with labels: Shipping Basics), you get a discount.

Labels with postage through online services like Paypal get “Commercial Base Prices” for USPS shipments which are better than the retail chart rates you’ll see if you click the “USPS Shipping Rate Charts” link above, plus they get free Delivery Confirmation.

Labels printed using the downloadable USPS Shipping Assistant using stamps for postage get the regular retail rates for postage but you still get Delivery Confirmation free.

Quick Charts for First Class Package Service
(Updated for 01/12 rates)

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domestic First Class package rates

*DC = Delivery Confirmation, 85 cents when purchased at the retail level.

Please be sure to confirm all info you get online with official sources to be sure they are up-to-date & accurate. See here for First Class Retail Prices on the USPS website to easily compare them to the First Class Commercial Base Prices. See here for Priority Commercial Base Prices.

For International First Class, curiously they changed it so that all 1 oz packages are the same rate–even ones going to N. American destinations which used to be less expensive:

International First Class Packages

You can also confirm those rates–as you should all info you get from unofficial sources–in this PDF download from USPS:

Need more help? Check out the Shipping Basics page, also linked to from the right sidebar of every page in gold letters.

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4 Comments | Add your own

  • . EvokeJay | December 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I just looked into the shipping assistant and didn’t get the commercial based price fee instead it marked it as a retail price. and charged me 3.41 plus the 19cts. I don’t know what’s going on.

    Have you tried the Click-N-Save labels on the USPS site?

    I’ve not tried it and wanted to know if you knew about it and if you had what was your assessment on it.

  • . GoTo | January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi EvokeJay–sorry about that! I had just found that myself a few days before you commented. It is retail rates on the actual postage but you get discounted Delivery Confirmation with the Shipping Assistant (it’s now free even on First Class–when you printed your label it was discounted from 85 cents down to 19 cents).

    I’ve used Click n Ship–it’s a great service but it doesn’t offer First Class for domestic packages so we usually just use Paypal labels (see link for using them whether or not you’ve had a transaction attached to what you are shipping).

    There are the new-ish Priority Mail “Regional” Flat Rate boxes that are a great deal that aren’t currently available anywhere but Click N Ship. They can be a real savings if you ship small-ish heavy goods long distances. Hopefully a blog post about those coming up soon.

  • . Laura | January 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I love your quick charts – are you going to be updating them for Jan 2013 rate changes?

  • . GoTo | January 8, 2013 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Thanks–glad you found them helpful! Yes–hopefully this week. :)

    I’ll put out a new blog post when I do–you can keep updated with RSS, the email list or a number of other ways. See the top of the left sidebar for ways to follow the blog.

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