# How Do I Figure Out Shipping Costs?

How do I calculate shipping costs?

Just weigh the package and use a shipping cost calculator to get a shipping price. If the parcel is small but heavy, get a shipping cost based on dimensional volume which might be cheaper. Remember that when calculating postage by weight, use the total weight of the package and not the weight of the product itself.

How does USPS calculate shipping cost?

USPS shipping costs are calculated based on weight and distance traveled. Packages weighing less than one pound start at \$2.74 via USPS First Class Package Service. If your package weighs one pound, you'll want to use USPS Priority Mail which starts at \$7.02 with Shippo's special Cubic pricing.

How do you calculate shipping cost by weight?

To calculate dimensional (DIM) weight, multiply the length, width, and height of a package, using the longest point on each side. Then, divide the cubic size of the package in inches by the DIM divisor to calculate the dimensional weight in pounds.

## Related Question How do I figure out shipping costs?

### Is it more expensive to ship UPS or USPS?

UPS is often more expensive than USPS due to fees and surcharges, especially when it comes to shipping smaller packages. Generally, USPS offers much better rates when shipping smaller packages less than two lbs., though UPS typically is a better choice when shipping larger, heavier packages by offering superior value.

### Is it cheaper to ship flat rate or by weight?

For small, heavy items, flat rate shipping can be more economical because the weight of your cargo doesn't impact the shipping cost (as long as it's under your provider's weight limit), but there are also times when variable pricing may be cheaper than flat rate—very light shipments, for example.

### What are the flat rate box sizes?

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Options

Type Size Price
Small Box 8 11/16" x 5 7/16" x 1 3/4" \$7.90
Medium Boxes 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" x 6" or 14" x 12" x 3 1/2" \$13.75
Large Box 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6" or 24-1/16" x 11-7/8" x 3-1/8" \$19.30
APO/FPO Box 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6" \$17.80

### Does the post office still have flat rate boxes?

If It Fits, It Ships ®. Priority Mail ® service offers a variety of Flat-Rate Boxes and Envelopes that ship for the same price to any domestic address, regardless of how much they weigh or how far they're going.

### Can I use my own box for flat rate shipping?

To ship via Flat Rate, you need to use the Flat Rate branded boxes. To use Cubic and weight-based options, you will need to use your own packaging or USPS Priority Mail boxes.

### How do I calculate my parcel size?

How to calculate overall size: Take the two shortest sides of your parcel and sum them. Multiply the sum by 2 and finally add the length. The total is the overall size. Add together the 2 shortest sides: 40 + 50 = 90.

### How can I weigh a package at home for shipping?

To be honest, you can weigh packages on any scale—even a kitchen scale—as long as it gives accurate measurements to the nearest ounce. However, if you really want to weigh packages like a pro, we recommend springing for a shipping scale.

### What is the cheapest way to ship a 20 lb box?

If you're shipping a package up to 20 pounds and within a certain volume range (1728 cubic inches), USPS Priority mail is your best option. If your package exceeds these specifications, carriers like FedEx or UPS will most likely be a cheaper option.

### How much does it cost to ship a 5 pound box ups?

Ground Shipping Rates

Carrier/Shipment Type Price
UPS
5 lb. package
UPS Ground \$20.07
(1-5 business days; M-Sat. by end of day)

### What is the cheapest way to ship a 10 lb package?

USPS Priority Mail offers a cost-effective option when sending items between 1-10 lbs, while FedEx and UPS Ground/Home delivery offer the lowest rates for heavy packages within the US.

### What is the cheapest way to ship boxes?

For single boxes, USPS is often the cheapest option. For large light boxes, USPS Priority Mail will be cheapest. For heavy large boxes or shipments of multiple boxes, consolidated freight is one of the most cost-effective shipping methods.

### What is cheapest way to ship heavy?

Consolidated freight is typically the cheapest way to ship heavy packages. Compare shipping rates for heavy items using the most common shipping methods: USPS. Parcel shipping (such as FedEx or UPS)

### How do I save on shipping?

• Use USPS flat rate boxes. We use USPS flat rate boxes to mail our packages.
• Purchase a label printer.
• Safety is our priority.
• Avoid locking yourself in one carrier.
• Use zone skipping.
• Send by freight.
• Negotiate with multiple carriers.
• Reuse packaging.
• ### Why are shipping rates so high 2021?

The question remains: why is shipping so expensive in 2021? The primary reason for the sudden spike in the price of shipping is the world's ongoing nemesis: COVID-19. There's a Global Shipping Container Shortage. The Suez Canal Accident Had a Significant Impact.

### How can I get cheaper UPS rates?

• Don't settle for base rate.
• Know the dimensions of your shipment.
• Understand (and avoid) shipping fees.
• Choose the right delivery type.
• Consider the difference between price and value.
• ### How much does it cost to ship a package?

Compare Mail Services

Service Starting Price
Priority Mail® \$7.95 (at Post Office & Online) \$7.41 (Commercial)6
First-Class Mail® \$0.58 (at Post Office & Online) \$0.426 (Commercial)6
First-Class Package Service® \$4.30 (at Post Office) \$3.31 (Commercial6)
USPS Retail Ground® \$7.95 (at Post Office)

### Can I use my own box to ship USPS?

Yes, so long as you're not shipping via Flat Rate. If you're shipping Priority Mail Commercial from home, you can use any box you want. Just be sure to remove any old postal barcodes or labels. By using SendPro Online, you can easily weigh and measure your package and print the appropriate Priority Mail postage.

### How much does it cost to mail a small package?

Shipping Small Items: Available Shipping Solutions

Service Cost
USPS Priority Mail \$11.85
USPS Parcel Select \$19.50
USPS Small Flat Rate Box \$8.30
UPS Surepost \$10.52

### Where can I buy USPS flat rate boxes?

Where Can I Get Flat Rate Boxes? Flat rate boxes can be picked up at your local Post Office or ordered online—both for \$0! If you have the boxes readily available your employees and colleagues are more likely to use them.

### How do I ship Flat Rate boxes?

To use USPS flat rate shipping, you need to get a USPS flat rate box from your local USPS office (small, medium, or large size), add no more than 70 pounds of contents that fit inside the box, label an address, and ship the box at a USPS office using Priority Mail.

### How can I get free mailers?

To get your free USPS shipping supplies, you can order them online through Stamps.com or pick them up from Post Offices nationwide. The post office will allow you to order up to 500 of its shipping boxes or labels free of charge. Minimum orders for most products vary from one to 10 items.

### Is it cheaper to use your own box for priority mail?

Otherwise, Priority Mail® is just the name of the service class, and you can use any box or packaging that you'd like and for most cases, it's actually cheaper to use your own packaging instead of a Flat Rate service. Use our postage rate calculator to find your most cost effective options.

### Is it cheaper to use a flat rate box or your own box USPS?

While Medium and Large Flat Rate boxes may be free, using your own packaging is often CHEAPER than shipping Priority Mail Flat rate, thanks to a “secret” USPS mail class called Priority Mail Cubic.

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