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USPS Priority Mail® Regional Rate boxes
By Sarah Hansen, Jan 19, 2017

USPS REGIONAL RATE BOXES:

There are two types of USPS Priority Mail® Regional Rate boxes:

  • USPS Regional Rate Box A: Shipments of up to 15 lbs
  • USPS Regional Rate Box B: Shipments of up to 20 lbs

Unlike flat rate boxes which cost the same regardless of destination, the rate you pay for Regional Rate boxes varies based on how far you are sending them (e.g. what zone or “region”). However, in a sense it is a “flat” rate because the shipping costs the same, regardless of weight, for packages shipped to the same “zone.” Most online merchants can find savings by using Regional Rate boxes within their shipping service mix.

One important detail to remember: Regional Rates are strictly an online service. You can’t get the boxes at your local post office, and if you buy the postage for them at the post office, they will add a fee to the overall price.

For example, if you ship a 10 lb package across the country from Houston, TX to Manhattan, NY, here are the rates:

Priority Mail® Medium Flat Rate Box costs $12.05 (ShippingEasy rate)
Priority Mail® costs $24.41
Priority Mail® Regional Rate Box A costs only $9.19 (ShippingEasy rate)
SAVINGS on postage: $2.86 – $15.22

Now – if you ship this same 10 lb. package closer to home (where Regional Rate excels) from Houston, TX to Austin, TX, look at the savings:

Priority Mail® Medium Flat Rate Box costs $12.05 (ShippingEasy rate)
Priority Mail® Regional Rate Box A costs only $6.52 (ShippingEasy rate)
SAVINGS on postage: $5.53

Get USPS Regional Rate Boxes Free

The cost of flat rate boxes and regional rate boxes is free, and you can order them from USPS.com.

Order Regional Rate boxes from USPS for free

All Regional Rate box sizes are listed below, where you can view and order each individual box at the following links:

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box – A1

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box – A2

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box – B1

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box – B2

Find USPS Shipping Zones

USPS.com provides a tool to quickly find out which zone your package falls into depending on the starting location and ending location of where it will travel. Use this Calculate Zone Tool to find out which Zone your item falls under. From there you can easily check its regional rate.

2017 Regional Rate & Zone Chart

USPS Priority Mail Rate & Zone Chart for Comparison

Here are the new rates for 2017 on Regional Rates. You can see there are increases, but it’s still a valuable service that can beat Priority Rate and Flat Rate with their incoming increases as well.

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