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USPS Shipping Calculator for 2016

USPS Shipping Calculator for 2016

The U.S. Postal Service changed shipping rates on January 17, 2016. Many Etsy sellers came to rely on my shipping calculator for 2015, so I’ve once again taken the near-indecipherable USPS rate charts and turned them into an easy to use tool for updating your shipping profiles and listings.

Notable for 2016 is an increase on the maximum weight on First-Class Mail Packages from 13oz to 16oz (well, technically under 16oz so 15.999oz). The flat rate boxes for Express Mail and Express Mail International have been eliminated; flat rate envelopes are still available for these mail classes. Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C has also been eliminated. Take a look at my domestic shipping article if you need a crash course in weighing and packaging.

The rates shown below are commercial base pricing offered by Etsy, PayPal and other online vendors. Be sure to check the prices against your vendor to make sure they’re using commercial prices. Expect to pay more if you show up at the post office without postage. Pricing for flat rate items is included in the table below.

[box type=”alert”]The USPS updated shipping rates on January 22nd, 2017. The rates shown below are no longer correct. I have posted a new shipping calculator with the updated rates.[/box]

USPS Shipping Calculator


USPS Flat Rates

First Class Mail 0.49
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope 5.75
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope 5.75
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope 6.10
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box 6.10
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box 11.95
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box 16.35
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope
(Other countries)
Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box
Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box
(Other countries)
Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Box
Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Box
(Other countries)
Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Box
Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Box
(Other countries)
Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope 20.66

Disclaimer: This tool is intended to help Etsy sellers, but is unlikely to cover the needs of every shop and business owner. Please use the calculator as a tool in your tool box and not the sole source for your pricing decision. Shipping is complex and we hope to ease the pain a bit. Please keep in mind that extra services, insurance, etc. are not taken into account with this calculator.

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  • Lisa Roy
    Posted at 14:09h, 06 June Reply

    I checked here today; loaded a box of clothing that weighed 18 lbs and took it ti USPS. From California to Colorado is zone 5 which should have been $ 20.28. The lady at USPS said the least expensive was a 6 day rate of $ 35.00. Would it have been $ 20,28 had I printed a label and shipped it from my house?

    • Brittany
      Posted at 10:50h, 13 June Reply

      Lisa, I ran this scenario using Parcel Select to Zone 5 for an 18 lb package and came up with an online price of $20.23. That would have been the rate you would have paid if you were to use a vendor that provides commercial based pricing (like Etsy or PayPal) and printed your postage from home. USPS ClicknShip uses counter rates and no longer offers commercial pricing. Hope that clears things up for you.

  • Ann Wishes
    Posted at 17:28h, 07 March Reply

    You can create a USPS account.
    You can print and send your padded envelope from home using PayPal as the payment option. You still get a discount.
    Also arrange for a package pick up at your door.

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 11:54h, 03 February Reply

    Is there anyway to get the padded FRE rate through PP? I can’t get it to pop up and USPS isn’t offering a discount.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 20:07h, 03 February Reply

      Unfortunately, Paypal does not offer padded flat rate envelopes as a shipping option. This has caused some complaints in the Paypal forums!

  • Diana
    Posted at 11:48h, 23 January Reply

    Thanks so much for the information. It makes it so much easier

  • Carrol
    Posted at 10:07h, 22 January Reply

    Thanks so much for taking the confusion out of the new postage rates! You are so kind to share.

  • Aunt Susan
    Posted at 13:57h, 17 January Reply

    Thanks for this calculator. I’m confused about the domestic First Class Package rate for 1-3 oz, though. Etsy’s calculator comes up with $2.54, but yours says $2.60.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 20:31h, 17 January Reply

      I’m confused too, Susan. The rates on the calculator are pulled directly from USPS, which shows $2.60 for FCM packages 1-8oz. The online USPS calculator for commercial base shows $2.60 as well. The confusing part is that the USPS calculator for retail prices shows $2.54. This is a true oddity since commercial base prices are never higher than retail.

      There have been a few threads on Etsy noticing this inconsistency. Etsy may have some insider knowledge, or they’re banking on the fact that you should be able to send a package for $2.54 if you can pay that at the USPS counter.

      I’ll be monitoring the discussion to see if there’s any clarification from Etsy or the USPS.

      • Aunt Susan
        Posted at 22:16h, 17 January Reply

        Thanks, Brittany. Your calculators are invaluable.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 23:44h, 16 January Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this! I use this to update my Etsy shipping profiles for U.S., Canada, and other international countries. I put the figures into a spreadsheet that adds in the cost of packaging and it makes it so easy!

  • Didi
    Posted at 18:55h, 09 January Reply

    Thanks for continuing to put this together Brittany! 🙂 Didi

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:42h, 10 January Reply

      My pleasure, Didi!

  • Shannon
    Posted at 18:20h, 09 January Reply

    Really appreciate this! Thank you. I’ve shared it with my teams. There really is no better resource for calculating shipping. You rock.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:41h, 10 January Reply

      Thanks for spreading the word, Shannon!

  • Cher
    Posted at 10:12h, 09 January Reply

    Thank you so much for this! I have come to depend on your calculators to make the dreaded task of updating shipping costs easier!!

    • Brittany
      Posted at 12:53h, 09 January Reply

      Cher, I’m glad that the calculators have been helpful to you.

  • Anita
    Posted at 17:33h, 08 January Reply

    Thank you so much for this chart. I have been dreading tackling the updating of my shipping charges. This makes it doable.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 20:20h, 08 January Reply

      Thanks, Anita – let the tackling begin!

  • Michelle Wager
    Posted at 16:50h, 06 January Reply

    Thank you for making this easy, Brittany! You are a gift!!!

  • Deb Salisbury
    Posted at 18:31h, 05 January Reply

    Thank you for figuring out the rates! I couldn’t make any sense of their charts.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:09h, 06 January Reply

      Neither could I, Deb. That is how the calculator came to be.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 11:20h, 05 January Reply

    wowza Brittany!

    This is fantastic. Thanks so much!

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:09h, 06 January Reply

      You are so welcome, Kelly.

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