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2016 USPS Rate Increase Impact

In October 2015, USPS announced it would be increasing rates across the board. After much anticipation, the new rate increase figures have been released and include changes to domestic as well as international prices.

USPS rate changes by the numbers:

  • 15.6% price increase for Priority Mail Express
  • 9.8% price increase for Priority Mail
  • 3.1% price increase for Parcel Select
  • 5.0% price increase for Parcel Return Service
  • 12.8% price increase for First-Class Package Service
  • 10.0% price increase for Standard Post (formerly Retail Ground)
  • In 2015, UPS and FedEx rocked the boat with their dimensional weight pricing changes. On December 28, 2015, UPS raised ground rates by 4.9% and on January 4th, 2016, FedEx followed suit.

    While the USPS rate increases are higher than national carriers at certain service levels, the post office continues to be a cost effective option for many shippers due to daily access to 153 million addresses on a daily basis. USPS does not have as many accessorial charges and surcharges on top of its base rates unlike National Carriers.

    How can we help?
    By leveraging our 122 fulfillment centers worldwide, you can get products closer to your end customers, saving you money and time-in-transit. Shipwire’s intelligent order routing technology optimizes for the best, most cost-effective combination of warehouse, packaging and carrier before checkout is complete. Since inventory levels are tracked in real time, Shipwire knows exactly how much stock is in each location and is able to assess the best warehouse to ship from. Our warehouses also choose the ideal box size for each order so that your product is shipped safely while keeping dimensional weight charges to a minimum. Finally, Shipwire shops multiple carrier and service levels options to find the best price at a preferred delivery speed. All of these considerations ensure orders are shipped from the facility that offers the most cost-effective parcel solution at a given service level.

    In addition to integrations with major domestic and international carries in a network of strategic markets, Shipwire is pre-integrated with a number of small parcel providers, giving you the ability to diversify your shipping options. For a list of small parcel shipping options click here.

    Additional Resources:
    For additional detail on USPS Shipping Rates visit:
    For additional detail on UPS Shipping Rates visit:
    For additional detail on FedEx Shipping Rates visit:

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