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USPS Priority Mail® Regional Rate boxes

By Rob Zaleski, Jan 21, 2018

USPS REGIONAL RATE BOXES:

Update: This page is citing 2018 shipping rates, effective January 21, 2018

USPS Priority Mail® Regional Rate boxes come in three types:

  • 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 the overall price.

For example, if you ship a 10 lb package across the country from Houston, TX to Manhattan, NY (Zone 6). Look at the savings:

Priority Mail® Medium Flat Rate Box costs $12.45
Priority Mail® costs $25.13
Priority Mail® Regional Rate Box A costs only $9.47
SAVINGS on postage: $2.98 – $15.66
*Note: all rates shown are Commercial Plus Pricing, available through ShippingEasy

Now – if you ship this same 10 lb. package closer to home (where Regional Rate excels) from Houston, TX to Austin, TX (Zone 2). Look at the savings:

Priority Mail® Medium Flat Rate Box costs $12.45
Priority Mail® costs $8.95
Priority Mail® Regional Rate Box A costs only $7.10
SAVINGS on postage: $1.85 – $5.35

Get USPS Regional Rate Boxes Free

The cost of flat rate boxes and regional rate boxes is free, 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 shipment falls under. From there you can easily check its regional rate.

USPS Regional Rate & Zone Chart 2018

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Regional Rate boxes are just one way to save on your shipping. By optimizing your shipping methods, packaging, and getting the best rates, you can drastically cut your shipping costs every day.

Read all about the rate increases, including regional rate boxes, from all carriers (USPS, FedEx, and UPS) by downloading our free 2018 E-Commerce Seller’s Guide to Shipping Rate Increases.

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Rob Zaleski

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