First Class Package International Service: Summary of 2016 USPS Rate Increase

February 5th, 2016 Comments off

What is First Class Package International Service?
First Class Package International Service is the USPS’ most affordable international service for the delivery of small packages to over 190 countries. The maximum weight for this mail class is four pounds, and delivery time varies by destination.

Does USPS Tracking come with First Class Package International Service?
Yes, USPS Tracking is included for free if a package is being delivered to one of the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.

What is the Estimated Delivery Time for First Class Package International Service?
Deliveries generally take between 7 to 21 days to arrive at its destination, although the USPS does not guarantee delivery dates or times.

Changes to First Class Package International Service in 2016

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28% Average Rate Increase for Online Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
First Class Package International Service rates will start at $9.03 to Canada (previously at $6.39 to Canada) for Stamps.com customers. Rates are increasing by an average of 28% for Commercial Base Pricing.

Rate are Decreasing for 2 lbs Packages for All Country Zones
For packages that weight 2 lbs., shipping rates a decreasing from 2015 prices by as much as $2.41 (Country price group 8) per package in 2016.

Online Rate Discounts
First Class Package International Service now offers Commercial Base discounts of up to 5% off Post Office rates (previously 13%).

 

 

USPS Temporarily Suspends Electronic Delivery Confirmation to Brazil, France & More

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

blog_edc-intl_suspension-bOn Thursday, June 12, 2014, the USPS temporarily suspended Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International™ service to 7 countries — Brazil, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal. The suspension is due to a recent performance evaluation of each country’s ability to scan packages on delivery at the international delivery address. The USPS determined these country’s local postal organizations did not reach a “satisfactory level” for package scans.

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International tracking was added to these countries in July 2013 and January 2014 for First Class Package International Service, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.

With Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International, shippers could see when a package was delivered to its destination using the package tracking number on the Customs Form.

Starting June 12, 2014 , customers who need tracking information for packages being delivered to these 7 countries should purchase Global Express Guaranteed service, Priority Mail Express International service, or Priority Mail International service.

Important: Packages will continue to include “E-DELCON SERVICE” markings on the shipping label/customs form during the suspension period!  But NO TRACKING will be provided.

For more info, please see the USPS Postal Bulletin (page 46).

Free: USPS First Class Mail International Rate Guide

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Stamps.com has released a FREE First Class Mail International Rate Guide (downloadable PDF) that highlights shipping rates by international country zone for packages up to 4 lbs. in weight (rates are shown for each ounce).

blog_firstclassmailguide_450For e-commerce sellers, the guide is a quick-reference to help you easily understand international shipping costs for your overseas shipments. The Guide also includes details on package size restrictions and delivery times, along with examples of qualifying products that are typically shipped overseas using this mail class.

The First Class Mail International Package Rate Guide is FREE and can be downloaded at http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/first-class-mail-international-rate-guide.pdf

How to Print First Class Mail International Labels (Video)

July 20th, 2012 Comments off

If you are shipping small, inexpensive items such as books, beauty products, clothing, or accessories (up to 4 lbs.) overseas, First Class Mail International is the lowest cost option to ship your packages.  Costs can be up to 60% cheaper than Priority Mail International and more than 13 times cheaper than UPS or FedEx!

But since First Class Mail International does not include any form of Delivery Confirmation, this mail class is not for all products.

Stamps.com allows you to easily print First Class Mail International.  Customs Forms are automatically integrated into the software making international shipments quick and simple!

Call us toll-free at 1-888-434-0055, Monday - Friday, 6 AM - 6 PM Pacific Time.