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.

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USPS 2022 Holiday Peak Shipping Surcharge

The USPS has announced a peak shipping period surcharge for the 2022 holiday season. The charges will apply to both commercial and retail domestic competitive parcels in the following classes – Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select, and USPS Retail Ground. When will the Surcharge Be In Effect? […]

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Do USPS, UPS, and FedEx Offer Saturday Delivery?

The global network of carriers is constantly moving, from trucks to planes to conveyor belts to homes. Despite this hectic pace, deliveries aren’t made around the clock. Most carriers offer Saturday delivery, however, it can be at a high-cost surcharge. Sunday delivery, on the other hand, is a lot less definite. USPS Weekend Delivery Does […]

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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 that 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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Shipping to US Territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, and Mor

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

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Shipping 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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The Cheapest Way to Ship to Canada in 2022

Finding the cheapest way to ship to Canada is important for any growing business. Whether you ship to Canada with UPS, FedEx, or USPS, there are many affordable options depending on what you’re selling and how much your orders weigh. This blog will help you find options for cheapest shipping to Canada. Why Canadian Shoppers […]

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USPS First Class vs Priority Mail

The two most common USPS services a merchant uses to ship with are First Class and Priority Mail. Generally, the deciding factor in making a decision in First Class vs Priority Mail comes down to weight. If a parcel weighs less than 16 ounces, it makes the most sense to use First Class Mail. However, […]

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Media Mail Shipping Rates for 2022

USPS Media Mail is the preferred way to ship books, records, and movies. There are some exceptions to what can be shipped with Media Mail. However, we will get into that later. It’s a good thing that shipping Media Mail is affordable because the contents within can be fragile and need extra care and packaging […]

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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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How to Reduce eCommerce Shipping Costs

Shipping costs are a major expense for any e-commerce merchant. When you’re first starting out, you may be buying your labels at the post office—hoping to one day have a driver instead hop down out of their truck and come to you to pick up outgoing parcels. ShipStation knows that shipping can be time-consuming and […]

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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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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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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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UPS, FedEx, and USPS Overnight Shipping: What’s Best? 

UPS, FedEx, and USPS overnight shipping services are now our familiar friends. As demand for quicker shipping times becomes 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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2022 UPS Rate Change: What You Need to Know

UPS’ shipping rates for 2022 were announced on November 5th and the rate increases will go into effect on November 14th. The announced rate increase of an average net 5.9% can mean different things to you as a shipper based on your shipment profile. This average rate increase matches rate adjustments already announced by rival carriers FedEx and DHL. As […]

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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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