New USPS Package Fees went into effect Monday, April 4th
USPS announced two new fees on January 9th that went into effect this week. Packages over 2 cubic feet in volume will incur fees between $16.50 to $19 on top of the cost of shipping.
This will affect larger packages, particularly fiber being mailed in, and now makes UPS Ground and FedEx Ground more viable for shipments 2 cubic feet or more.
Here is an example of a 2 Cubic Foot box
18" x 15" x 12.5"
USPS Dimensional Noncompliance Fee
Measure Twice, Ship Once
Shipments that are over 1 cubic foot or have a length greater than 22" that are shipped with missing dimensions or incorrect dimensions will be charged an additional $1.50 non-compliance fee.
Shipments over 2 cubic feet (cubic volume exceeds 3456 inches) then the $1.50 non-compliance fee will automatically apply as well.
USPS Non-Standard Fee
The USPS Non-Standard Fee has a few more layers to unpack. Essentially, packages that exceed a certain dimensional threshold will incur an additional fee in addition to the postage.
- Parcels that are longer than 22 inches but less than 30 inches will see a $4.00 surcharge.
- Parcels that exceed 30 inches in length will incur a $15.00 surcharge.
- Parcels that measure greater than 2 cubic (3456 cubic inches) feet will also see a $15.00 fee added.
These new fees will most likely not affect small retail orders shipped to your online customers but they will most likely apply to large packages of boxed fiber shipped to us.
It's now more important than ever to compare your shipping options to get the very best price. For packages over 16x12x12, we recommend comparing UPS Ground, FedEx, and the new USPS Rates including the new fees to find your most economical rate.
We are working on an updated guide on getting the very best bang for your shipping buck to share in the near future but we wanted to get this information in front of you in case you missed it.