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USPS Shipping Calculator for 2017

USPS Shipping Calculator for 2017

The U.S. Postal Service will be changing shipping rates on January 22, 2017. This shipping calculator turns the near-indecipherable USPS rate charts into an easy to use tool for updating your shipping profiles and listings.

Notable for 2017 are increases for domestic shipments – including First Class, Parcel Select, Priority Mail, and Express Mail. The rates for international services remain the same. 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.

USPS Shipping Calculator


USPS Flat Rates

First Class Mail 0.49
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope 5.95
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope 6.25
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope 6.50
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box 6.45
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box 12.40
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box 17.05
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 21.18

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 nor does this tool account for all package types (over-sized, balloon, etc.).

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  • Lynn
    Posted at 17:42h, 30 April Reply

    I try to remember to come thank you every year, so, thank you!

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:45h, 08 August Reply

      That’s good to hear – thanks for visiting!

  • AnonPlz
    Posted at 12:47h, 14 April Reply

    I’m not sure I’m using the tool correctly. The price for a 13 lb Priority package in zone 4 on USPS click-n-ship is $22.45 and it appears that through Etsy both Priority and Parcel Select postage would be $15.11? Is that correct?
    Thank you

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:04h, 14 April Reply

      Without knowing what zip code you are shipping from and shipping to, I cannot double check on the USPS site. My calculator uses commercial based pricing. USPS Click-n-Ship no longer uses commercial based pricing. That may account for the difference in price that you are seeing.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 21:21h, 28 March Reply

    I’ve always been a little confused about this. If I am sending a priority mail regular size package and it weighs 1 lb 4 oz, do I put on postage for 1 lb or for 2 lbs? Since I can send a 1 lb pkg (16 oz) w/1st class mail, I am hoping that if it’s over 1 lb, but not 2 lbs, I can ship at the 1 lb price w/priority mail. Hope that makes sense.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 10:32h, 29 March Reply

      Kelly, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you round up in these situations. So your 1 lb 4 oz package rounds up to 2 lbs. Even the tiniest fraction over 1 lb would need to be considered 2 lbs.

  • Julia
    Posted at 10:06h, 15 March Reply

    Thank you for doing this every year.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 15:21h, 15 March Reply

      Glad to!

  • Jackie
    Posted at 13:22h, 03 March Reply

    How does it work in terms of dimensions (or girth) if mailing in a poly mailer? Thanks for all the great info!

    • Brittany
      Posted at 10:55h, 29 March Reply

      Jackie, it depends on what you put inside it. Girth is the distance around the thickest part (perpendicular to the length). Hope that did the trick. Let me know if you are still needing help.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 15:15h, 22 January Reply

    The calculator does not give the correct rates if you can not enter the size.

    • Brittany
      Posted at 13:01h, 23 January Reply

      Kathy, it is true that this tool does not account for all package types (over-sized, balloon, etc.) The tool is simplified to make it accessible for the majority of users. Thanks for bringing this up, this might be a good thing to add to the disclaimer on the page.

  • Karla Ferger
    Posted at 21:00h, 21 January Reply

    I absolutely love your site!! Thank you so much for being so up-to-date and proactive with all of these changes! I don’t know what I would do without this site!!

    • Brittany
      Posted at 11:45h, 23 January Reply

      Thanks, Karla – I really appreciate that!

  • Dee
    Posted at 13:05h, 17 January Reply

    I have you bookmarked and love that you do this for us every year! Thank you again for the easy to use and simplified calculator!
    I posted about your site on Etsy. 🙂

    • Brittany
      Posted at 14:21h, 17 January Reply

      Thanks for spreading the word, Dee!

  • Deb Salisbury
    Posted at 22:47h, 16 January Reply

    Thank you!!! I’ve been fretting about the changes for days. You’re a life-saver!

    • Brittany
      Posted at 14:21h, 17 January Reply

      It’s my pleasure, Deb!

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