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How to obtain the best shipping rates for USPS domestic services?

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

By: Matija Ratkovic


Depending on the zone you ship to, rates can vary based on weight and dimensions. Choosing any USPS shipping service based on features, such as insurance, can alter the cost. Understanding that each shipping service offered by USPS allows you the shipper to balance both transit and cost. Having the knowledge of how USPS services and certain flat rates work can bring significant savings to your business. Here’s a couple of ways that will help you lower the costs of your shipments:


USPS Cubic pricing. It applies to all packages measuring less than 20lb, and up to 0.5 cubic feet volume (Length x Width x Height divided by 1728). Here’s a rate comparison on a shipment using the Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) rates for regular Priority Mail vs Cubic pricing: A 19lbs cubic package to a zone 3 would range from $7.28 to $8.56 depending on cubic tier, compared to $18.53 for a regular Priority Mail. Keep in mind that cubic pricing is also Priority Mail, which means that the shipper gets all features of this mail-class, such as insurance up to $100.


USPS First-Class Package (FCP) service. This mail-class applies to all packages under 1lb (16oz) weight and the price is determined based on weight in ounces. Here’s a rate comparison on a shipment using the Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) rates for regular Priority Mail vs First-Class Package pricing: A 15oz FCP package to a zone 1 would cost $4.94, compared to $6.95 using Priority Mail.


There are numerous examples, and as you see in the examples above, savings can be significant, especially on larger volumes. International Bridge will analyze your shipment data and help you identify the best ship method that fits your business model. Contact us today!

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