At the beginning of every year, shipping carriers announce changes to their rates and services. FedEx and UPS have already implemented their 2014 rate changes, and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is changing its rates on Sunday, January 26, 2014.
ShipWorks 3 customers will automatically see the implementation of most of the USPS changes, without doing a ShipWorks software upgrade. However, those shipping internationally that want electronic USPS tracking to the countries listed below (item #1), will need to do a software upgrade. The ShipWorks software upgrade to support the electronic USPS international tracking will be available on January 27, 2014.
Customers using the unsupported ShipWorks 2 and Endicia Dazzle will need to upgrade to ShipWorks 3, and should contact ShipWorks customer support for assistance with the upgrade.
Here are some of the key USPS changes that take place this Sunday, January 26. Please visit the links below for additional details.
- Electronic USPS Tracking International Service expanding to additional countries (Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Portugal, and Singapore. Please note that these countries are subject to change.)
- New Zone 9 created for the Freely Associated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau.
- New $0.01 discount for First-Class Mail Letters (up to 3.5 oz.) when PC Postage or Meters are used.
- Customers can expect to see a 5% increase on average for First Class Commercial Base packages, which equates to approximately $0.10 more per package.
- The maximum weight for shipments going to Mexico has increased from 44 lbs. to 70 lbs.
- The minimum annual package volume threshold for cubic pricing and other Commercial Plus offerings will be lowered to 50,000 packages (CPP and CPP Cubic).
Additional information about the 2014 USPS price change is available online:
Details about the 2014 FedEx and UPS price changes are also available online: