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Shipping with USPS® means you get access to the country's largest delivery network. With a range of business shipping services available, you can choose the one that's right for your business. Plus, we bring you free Saturday delivery1, and no residential surcharges. Get industry tips and insights from mailing and shipping experts. And when you request more information, we'll send you a free shipping kit.Get a Free Shipping Kit Shipping Tips: USPS Delivers™
Save Time & Money
Calculate postage correctly.
Make sure you're not underpaying or overpaying on postage. When a package is sent with incorrect postage, it may delay its delivery and the recipient can be charged for postage due.
- Round up on weights. USPS® rounds up to either the next pound (lb) or ounce (oz). For example, if your package weighs 3 lbs 5 oz, it would be charged at the 4 lb-rate. If you have a First-Class Package Service-Retail™ that weighs 7.3 oz, it must be charged at the 8 oz-rate. This applies to all mail classes—domestic and international.
- Verify the mail class. For example, First-Class Package Service-Commercial™ can only be used for packages under 15.999 oz when creating a label through a PC Postage vendor, anything over the weight limit must be shipped with Priority Mail® service. And Regional Rate Boxes A and B have 15 and 20 lbs limits respectively.
- Check the dimensions. Dimensional weight may apply to your packaging. This may apply for Priority Mail packages with volumes over a cubic foot and traveling 5 zones or more. Enter your package’s dimensions to ensure you are accurately charged for Dim Weight. Learn About Dimensional Weight.
- Match the label to the packaging. USPS® provides a wide range of shipping options to help you meet your mailing needs. Make sure that the label you are using matches the packaging. For example, if you are using a Flat Rate box, you should also use a Flat Rate label. Or anything shipped in Priority Mail® packaging requires a Priority Mail label.
- Place the label on the long side of the box. Labels should not wrap over the ends or edges and all barcodes should face up in the same direction.
- Double check the zone. If you are using PC Postage software, verify that the origin address is up to date before printing the label. Please note USPS charges for zones not ZIP Codes™, to get a zone chart for your ZIP Code use the Postal Calculator.
Get free services included.
At USPS, we offer…
- Free USPS Tracking®*
- Free shipping supplies delivered to your address**
- Free Package Pickup***
- Free regular Saturday delivery****
- No surcharges for residential delivery
*Available with select products. Requires a barcode.
**Available only for Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, and Priority Mail Express International® services. Supplies are delivered domestically only.
***Available with select products. For details on free Package Pickup, go to Schedule a Pickup.
****Except if Saturday is a national holiday. Priority Mail Express service may be available for an added charge.
Receive volume discounts.
Several factors affect the postage price of your shipment, but many services come with volume incentives. All commercial postage categories have minimum quantities.
- Presorted and automation First-Class Mail®: 500 pieces
- USPS Marketing Mail™: 200 pieces or 50 lbs
- Destination entry Parcel Select Ground: 50-piece minimum per mailing
- Presorted and carrier route sorted Bound Printed Matter: 300 pieces
- Commercial Library Mail: 300 pieces
- Commercial Media Mail®: 300 pieces
Many shipping consolidators exist to help you with things like pickup, sorting, and transportation. You may also be able to use a consolidator to get shipping discounts.Calculate a Price
Find a Shipping Consolidator
Save on lightweight shipments.
Parcel Select Lightweight® is a presorted parcel product designed for large and medium-sized shippers looking for an affordable service for shipping parcels that weigh less than 1 lb. It features…
- 2-9 business day delivery
- Free USPS Tracking®*
- Three entry points: Destination Delivery Unit (DDU), Sectional Center Facility (SCF), Network Distribution Center (NDC)
*Requires a barcode.Download the Pricing File
Avoid dimensional weight costs.
Domestic Dimensional Weight
Dimensional (DIM) weight pricing calculates shipping costs based on the space a package takes up as well as its weight. Compare the calculated DIM weight and the actual package weight. Your shipping postage is charged at the higher weight.
- USPS® only applies domestic DIM weight pricing to domestic Priority Mail® packages larger than a cubic foot that are shipped to zones 5–9.
- The USPS domestic DIM weight formula is:
Length x Width x Height ÷ 194
Compare Shipping Tools
Whether you use our shipping tools or those of an approved licensed vendor, there are several options available to you for printing labels and paying for postage.
Whether you ship 1 or 50 packages per month, you can easily pay for postage and print shipping labels online. All you'll need is a free USPS.com® account.
- Pay with a credit card or via PayPal
- Ship domestically or internationally
- Create batch shipments of up to 20 identical packages
Click-N-Ship® Business Pro™
For shipments of at least 50 pieces or a combined weight of 50 lbs. or more, Click-N-Ship Business Pro is downloadable desktop software to help you get the job done.
- Pay postage via electronic manifest files
- Ship domestically or internationally
- Manage your shipping with integration and reporting features
Developers and technicians can easily integrate a variety of USPS Web Tools into their website, shipping operation, or customer service center, free of charge. Our APIs provide USPS prices, shipping labels, tracking, and more.
- Get address and delivery information
- Calculate domestic and international prices
- Print domestic and international shipping labels
- Schedule a free Package Pickup2
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