Carrier Rates

Most ecommerce merchants use a wide range of carrier solutions to find the best shipping options for their customers. With so many options available, you want to make sure that the options you’re using are the best. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of resources to help you stay up-to-date on all the carrier rate changes, surcharges, and best shipping services you rely on. 

 

Whether you need access to new shipping services, international carriers, discounted rates, annual rate increases, or consolidation services, ShipStation has the solutions that work for you. This is where you can find all the information you need to make shipping more affordable.

Carrier Rates, Shipping Basics
How to Ship Vinyl Records 

Selling and shipping physical media is usually pretty straightforward. However, talk to any record sellers and you quickly know which one requires the most care. Knowing how to ship vinyl records is a skill that every record store, dealer, or label has to learn. They require a little bit more care than other media do. […]

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Carrier Rates
How to Get Cheaper International USPS Shipping Rates

The USPS is frequently considered the gold standard for national carriers. Many merchants across the world find shipping to the US to be a breeze because of how well our postal service deals with delivering parcels. Additionally, the USPS has built up a delivery network with other national carriers and international carriers like DHL to […]

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Carrier Rates
Why You Should Use Multiple Carriers: UPS, USPS, DHL, and FedEx 

Merchants typically look at shipping as a necessary evil: It cuts into your profit margins and you just have to deal with it. Yes, shipping costs money. But there are many ways to make fulfillment more affordable if you know what to look for. Sometimes, merchants make assumptions about which services are the most affordable. […]

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Carrier Rates
USPS Adds New Surcharges for April 2022

Starting April 3, 2022, the United States Postal Service is introducing surcharges for oversized packages with sides over 20” or 30.” These surcharges were announced as part of USPS’s 2022 rate increases in January as part of their annual rate increase. These surcharges are part of USPS’s recent measures to help deal with the large […]

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Carrier Rates
Overnight Shipping Options for Next Day Delivery: UPS, FedEx, and USPS

As demand for quicker shipping times become standard, the most urgent of shipping needs have become more commonplace. Next-day delivery is a popular option for many items now. It’s not just for ice cream or medical supplies anymore. As merchants adapt to the evolving ecommerce landscape, having a plan for dealing with express delivery is […]

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Carrier Rates
How to Schedule a Carrier Pickup With ShipStation

Running an ecommerce business means dealing with carriers. Logging into different carrier accounts to buy and print postage can become tedious though. And the only thing worse than having to print postage in all your different carriers’ interfaces is having to drop of packages at the post office or carrier facility. Luckily, ShipStation makes all […]

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Carrier Rates
Shipping to China: A US Merchant’s Guide

China is the US’s third largest trade partner, behind Canada and Mexico. Beyond manufacturing in China and their place as a central figure in world economics, there is a big demand for American goods in China and vice versa. As with any international market, China has its own set of rules and regulations regarding what […]

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Carrier Rates
Best Shipping Options in Canada

Finding the best shipping options for shipping your parcels domestically or internationally doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, once you figure out which services work best for local deliveries, shipments heading across Canada, or crossborder, you’ll be able to develop a workflow of automatically selecting the best carrier service and package type for each […]

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“USPS, FedEx, & UPS Shipping Discounts” Carrier Rates
Shipping Carrier Discounts for USPS, FedEx, UPS, and more

Save the most money on shipping by leveraging carriers, how much you ship, and what software you use. Our tips are inside.

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Carrier Rates
The Cheapest Way to Ship Books 

Shipping books doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. But you do need to make sure that you are shipping books correctly. Books are heavy and if you’re not careful, they can jostle loose and tear open boxes. This can cause headaches for postal facilities, as well as damages and additional fees to return the […]

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Carrier Rates
Save Money on Shipping with ShipStation Carrier Services 

Shipping can be expensive. It can be time-consuming. Managing your carrier accounts alongside your selling channels can also be a headache. Simplifying how you select a carrier service for your different orders doesn’t have to be difficult. Because our major goal is to let you manage the shipment of all your orders, ShipStation Carrier Services […]

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2019 FedEx Rate Increase Carrier Rates
FedEx Rate Increases for 2022

FedEx rates went up in mid-September 2021. If you’ve been following FedEx services, you know this is slightly earlier than the usual annual announcements of this nature. FedEx Express, FedEx Home Delivery, and FedEx Ground rates will across the board increase by 5.9%. As with most years, a 5.9% increase might be more or less […]

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Carrier Rates
2022 USPS Rate Increase

The USPS has raised rates as of January 9th, 2022.

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Cheapest Way to Ship in the UK

The cost and speed of shipping products to their end destination aren’t mutually exclusive. As an online retailer, you shouldn’t be paying the same rates as the general public – and many shipping providers offer business rates, incentive programmes, shipping software, and carrier negotiations. Achieving the best possible scenario for your business can be tricky, […]

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Carrier Rates
How Do I Calculate UK Shipping Costs?

There are very few things more frustrating than undercharging on shipping. Knowing what to charge customers can be challenging and overwhelming, especially if you sell a variety of products of all different shapes and sizes. Here are some of the things to be aware of when shipping online orders and calculating your shipping prices. How […]

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Carrier Rates
Find the Cheapest USPS Shipping Rates

Finding the right USPS shipping rate

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Carrier Rates
USPS Flat Rate vs USPS Priority Mail: Flat Rate Boxes, Prices, and Services

USPS Flat Rate is a commonly used shipping service. A major reason this shipping method is used so frequently is because it’s a very easy parcel size for the USPS to fit into their trucks. It’s also a good way for the USPS to make money. As a result, they’ll usually suggest it when you […]

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Carrier Rates
UPS Shipping Rates & Cost Estimates

UPS shipping rates are important for businesses of all sizes. United Parcel Service America, Inc. (or UPS for short) is a parcel delivery service based in the US that delivers to almost every country on Earth with an average daily package count of 15,000,000. Because of their global network and good customer satisfaction rating, UPS […]

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Carrier Rates
5 Ways to Stop Overpaying on Shipping Costs

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” This may be a convenient expression for why you refuse to get rid of your 1994 Toyota Tercel, but it is not good for ecommerce sellers. Just because your workflow isn’t broken doesn’t mean it’s performing as it needs to. It’s easy to find discounts if you know […]

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Carrier Rates
Domestic or International: Shipping to Puerto Rico, Guam, and Other US Territories

Shipping to territories can be complicated, let us remove the guesswork!

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Carrier Rates, Shipping News
USPS Media Mail Rate Increase on August 29, 2021

NOTE: The USPS raised the price of Media Mail by an average of 12.1% in January of 2022. While the new year brings the usual annual USPS rate increase, there can occasionally be additional rate increases that happen throughout the year. USPS’s financial woes have been an issue for them ever since the Postal Accountability […]

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Carrier Rates
USPS First Class vs Priority Mail

First Class vs Priority Mail is a common decision ecommerce merchants make. But it’s easy to get the hang of. Generally speaking, anything under 16 oz should use First Class Mail and anything over 16 oz should ship with Priority Mail. There are a few exceptions, of course. And we’ll cover those exceptions later. But […]

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