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2022 US Shipping Deadlines

October 14th, 2022 Comments off

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s time to start communicating the 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to your customers. This way, they’ll know how long they have to place their orders, so all of their gifts will make it to their destinations in time. As a quick reminder, holiday shipping deadlines are the latest date you can ship a package with your carrier of choice and have that package arrive for the holidays. These holiday shipping deadlines are in place to account for the higher shipping volume seen throughout the season. The earlier you let your customers know, the better the customer experience…and the better the chance of getting some great customer reviews and engagement during the holiday season. 

Carrier Deadlines for the 2022 Holiday Season:

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • UPS 3 Day Select®: Monday, December 19, 2022 
  • UPS 2nd Day Air® services: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • UPS® Ground shipping: Check ups.com/ctc for details
  • UPS Next Day Air® services: Thursday, December 22, 2022

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • USPS Retail Ground™: Saturday, December 17, 2022 
  • First Class Mail: Saturday, December 17, 2022 
  • Priority Mail: Monday, December 19, 2022
  • Priority Mail Express*: Friday, December 23, 2022 

*Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed December 22-25

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • FedEx Ground Economy: Thursday, December 8, 2022 
  • FedEx Ground:  Wednesday, December 14, 2022 
  • Home Delivery: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 
  • Express Saver: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
  • 2Day Services: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 
  • FedEx Same Day: Friday, December 23, 2022

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USPS Proposed 2022 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase Beginning October 2 

August 26th, 2022 Comments off
Learn more about the proposed 2022 USPS Peak Surcharges.

Continuing with the annual rate increases that began in 2020, USPS has announced its proposed Peak Season Temporary Rate Adjustments. The adjustments serve to cover extra holiday handling costs. In accordance with years prior, the following services will be impacted: Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground rates. Pending favorable review by the Postal Regulatory Committee, the USPS Peak Season Temporary Rates would go into effect at 12 a.m. Central on Oct. 2 and remain in place until 12 a.m. Central on Jan. 22, 2023.

Note: There are no planned rate adjustments on International Services, parcel return rates, or Parcel Select Lightweight rates.

2022 Holiday Shipping Rate Increases 

Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express – 2022 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

  • Commercial:
    • $0.75 increase for PM and PME Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes
    • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs
    • $0.80 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs
    • $0.75 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs
    • $2.80 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs
    • $3.00 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs
    • $6.50 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs

The most notable changes for the Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express rates from 2021 to 2022 are in Zones 5-9, with 26-70 pound shipments seeing a $1.50 increase over last year’s rate increase. 

First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, USPS Retail Ground – 2022 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base) 

  • Commercial:
    • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs
    • $0.40 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs
    • $0.75 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs
    • $1.60 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs
    • $3.00 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs
    • $5.50 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs

Similarly to the previous set of rates, the most notable changes for First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground rates are found within Zones 1-9 for 26-70 pound shipments with a $.50 increase over last year’s rates. 

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USPS Delivery Service Suspension to China

January 28th, 2022 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has TEMPORARILY suspended Priority Mail International delivery to China as of Friday, January 28, 2022 due to transportation issues.

If your Priority Mail International parcel is already in transit, the USPS will transport the parcel to China and delivery is expected to be delayed. For packages entering the mail stream after January 28, 2022, the USPS will endorse the item as “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender,” returning the parcel to the sender. The USPS will provide a full refund of the shipping costs paid when service to the country of destination is suspended.

Alternate Delivery Options to China
If you have a shipment you need to send to China during this suspension period, we recommend the following options:

UPS International Shipping: Get discounted rates up to 86% off with no peak surcharge

GlobalPost International Standard: Get door-to-door tracking capabilities to over 200 countries

What is GlobalPost International Standard?
GlobalPost International Standard uses a network of postal carriers which provides a similar service to First Class Package International Service at a lower rate. If you don’t see GlobalPost International Standard as an option in your Stamps.com shipping software, contact Customer Care at 1-888-434-0055 (open Monday to Friday, 6 am to 6 pm PT) to request access to GlobalPost carrier services.

USPS Delivery Suspended to Hong Kong

January 19th, 2022 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has TEMPORARILY suspended mail and parcel delivery to Hong Kong due to transportation issues with widespread cancellations and restrictions throughout the Hong Kong territory. Delivery service was suspended starting on Friday, January 14, 2022.

The USPS mailing and shipping disruption includes the following services:

If your parcel is already in transit, either the USPS or Hongkong Post will endorse the item as “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place the package in the mail stream for return. The USPS will provide a full refund of the shipping costs paid when service to the country of destination is suspended.

Alternate Delivery Options to Hong Kong
If you have a shipment you need to send to Hong Kong during this suspension period, we recommend the following options:

What is GlobalPost International Standard?
GlobalPost International Standard uses a network of postal carriers which provides a similar service to First Class Package International Service at a lower rate. If you don’t see GlobalPost International Standard as an option in your Stamps.com shipping software, contact Customer Care at 1-888-434-0055 (open Monday to Friday, 6 am to 6 pm PT) to request access to GlobalPost carrier services.

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Summary of 2022 USPS Rate Increase – International Shipping

December 29th, 2021 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service provides multiple shipping services for international parcel delivery, shipping to more than 180 countries. Depending on the service you choose, delivery times vary from 3 days for expedited services to over 20 days for economical options. The USPS also offers flat rate options for Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International delivery.

Similar to domestic services, USPS international shipping services will see a postage rate increase starting on Sunday, January 9, 2022. The analysis below highlights the 2022 USPS rate increase for INTERNATIONAL shipping:

First Class Package International Service

First Class Package International Service is the USPS’ most affordable international service for the delivery of small packages. The maximum weight for this mail class is four pounds, and delivery time can be up to 20 days depending on delivery location.

  • First Class Package International Service rates have increased by an average of 4.2%.
  • Purchasing First Class Package International Service online using Stamps.com offers a 5% discount compared to rates at the Post Office.
  • In 2022, lower weight packages are seeing a higher average rate increase:
    a) Up to 1 lb. = 4.0% average rate increase
    b) Up to 2 lbs. = 4.0% average rate increase
    c) Up to 3 lbs. = 2.7% average rate increase
    d) Up to 4 lbs. = 1.5% average rate increase
  • France (Country Group 15) and Germany (Country Group 16) are seeing significantly higher rate increases compared to other countries for packages weighing 8 ounces or less. France and Germany are seeing a 11.3% increases, which is a minimum increase of $1.56. The United Kingdom (Country Group 20) is seeing a 9.8% increase, with a minimum increase of $1.52 for packages weighing 8 ounces or less.

First Class Package International Service - Canada (Group 1)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2022 Rates vs. 2021 Rates
Weight20222021Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz.$21.00$20.19$0.81
2 lbs. / 32 oz.$21.00$20.19$0.81
3 lbs. / 48 oz.$31.97$31.35$0.62
4 lbs. / 64 oz.$43.13$42.51$0.62

First Class Package International Service - UK (Group 20)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2022 Rates vs. 2021 Rates
Weight20222021Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz.$25.79$24.70$1.09
2 lbs. / 32 oz$25.79$24.70$1.09
3 lbs. / 48 oz.$40.14$39.43$0.71
4 lbs. / 64 oz.$54.96$54.15$0.81

First Class Package International Service - Australia (Group 12)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2022 Rates vs. 2021 Rates
Weight20222021Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz.$29.36$28.26$1.10
2 lbs. / 32 oz$29.36$28.26$1.10
3 lbs. / 48 oz.$46.50$45.60$0.90
4 lbs. / 64 oz.$63.89$62.94$0.95

Priority Mail International

Priority Mail International is a cost-effective service that delivers mailpieces and packages weighing up to 70 pounds. This mail class offers international delivery in 6-10 days.

  • Priority Mail International rates have increased by an average of 3.7%.
  • Purchasing Priority Mail International online using Stamps.com offers a 5% discount compared to rates at the Post Office.
  • Priority Mail International rates are increasing significantly, with a minimum increase of $1.76 (1 lb., Country Group 2) up to $19.52 (70 lbs., Country Group 8).
  • Priority Mail International Flat Rate Products are increasing, with the Flat Rate Envelope increasing by a minimum of $1.31 (Country Group 2) to the Large Flat Rate Box increasing by $4.37 (Country Group 7).
  • Canada: Shipping Zones 1.1 and 1.2 are seeing rates increase significantly with a minimum increase of $1.75 (1 lb.) to a maximum of $10.70 (66 lbs.).
  • Canada: Zones 1.5 through 1.8 are all seeing a reduction in shipping rates. The decrease ranges from $0.77 (Zone 1.4, 1 lb.) to $51.66 cheaper (Zone 1.8, 66 lbs.).
  • Canada: Shipping Zone 1.3 is mixed, with some weights seeing a reduction $0.04 (Zone 1.3, 7 lbs.) to an increase of $0.63 (Zone 1.3, 57 lbs.).

Priority Mail International - Canada (Group 1)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2022 Rates vs. 2021 Rates
Weight (lbs.)20222021Increase
1$37.47$35.72$1.75
2$40.46$38.57$1.89
3$43.40$41.37$2.03
4$46.34$44.18$2.16
5$48.81$46.98$1.83
6$51.72$49.78$1.94
7$54.63$52.58$2.05
8$58.15$55.43$2.72
9$61.09$58.24$2.85
10$64.03$61.04$2.99

Priority Mail International - UK (Group 20)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2022 Rates vs. 2021 Rates
Weight (lbs.)20222021Increase
1$57.00$54.86$2.14
2$63.08$60.71$2.37
3$67.17$64.65$2.52
4$71.25$68.59$2.66
5$76.62$73.72$2.90
6$80.70$77.66$3.04
7$84.74$81.56$3.18
8$88.83$85.50$3.33
9$92.91$89.44$3.47
10$97.04$93.39$3.65

Priority Mail International - Australia (Group 12)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2022 Rates vs. 2021 Rates
Weight (lbs.)20222021Increase
1$54.96$52.92$2.04
2$60.61$58.33$2.28
3$66.22$63.75$2.47
4$71.87$69.16$2.71
5$77.47$74.58$2.89
6$83.13$79.99$3.14
7$88.68$85.36$3.32
8$94.34$90.77$3.57
9$99.94$96.19$3.75
10$105.55$101.60$3.95

Priority Mail Express International

Priority Mail Express International offers date-specific delivery and a money-back guarantee when shipping to select countries, with delivery in 3-5 days. The maximum allowable package weight for Priority Mail Express International is 70 pounds.

  • Priority Mail Express International rates will increase by an average of 3.2% in 2022.
  • Purchasing Priority Mail Express International online using Stamps.com offers a 5% discount compared to rates at the Post Office.
  • In 2022, the rate increase is impacting lower weight packages more than higher weight packages. Packages weighing 1 to 5 lbs. are seeing an average rate increase of 4.9%. Packages weighing 51 to 55 lbs. are seeing an average rate increase of 4.2%.
  • Priority Mail Express International increases range from $2.10 at (0.5 lbs., Country Group 1) to $22.60 (66 lbs., Country Group 14).

Global Express Guaranteed

Global Express Guaranteed is the USPS’ fastest international service. This service offers date-specific delivery in one to three business days to over 190 countries. FedEx manages transportation and delivery.

  • Global Express Guaranteed rates will increase by an average of 2.3% in 2022.
  • Purchasing Global Express Guaranteed online using Stamps.com offers a 5% discount compared to rates at the Post Office.
  • Global Express Guaranteed rates will not be increasing for parcels weighing up to 2 lbs., except for Country Group 4 (Africa, Eastern Europe).
  • Country Group 4 (Africa, Eastern Europe) is seeing a big rate increase for all weights, with prices increasing from $5.04 (half pound) to $90.58 (70 lbs.).

Stamps.com Will Automatically Update to the New USPS International Rates on January 9, 2022

Stamps.com will automatically update all USPS international shipping rates inside the software and web-based version (Stamps.com Online) on Sunday, January 9, 2022. If you are a Stamps.com customer, no additional actions are needed and you will AUTOMATICALLY see the 2022 USPS rates in the platform.

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