USPS Regional Rate: Understanding Shipping Options

Learn how to use the USPS Regional Rate shipping method, its features and benefits, and when it's best used.


Many USPS customers are confused by the USPS Regional Rate shipping option. What does it mean, how do you get it, and when is the best time to use USPS Regional Rate? This article will answer these questions and more in order to give you a better understanding of USPS Regional Rate.

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What is USPS Regional Rate?

Regional Rate is a USPS shipping service that provides discounted rates for USPS Priority packages. Regional rate allows you to ship a package up to a certain weight limit to a specific USPS region at a fixed price.

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How Does USPS Regional Rate Work?

USPS Regional Rate is a priority mail service that allows you to send a package up to a certain weight for a fixed price that is tied to your destination zone. It mirrors flat rate shipping as packaging is free and you can ship any weight package up to the limit for a fixed price, however it differs because pricing still fluctuates based on destination zone.

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What Packaging is Available From USPS?

Regional rate box A measures (11 1⁄16″ x 2 1⁄2″ x 13 1⁄16″) and is also available as a top loading box at (10 1⁄8″ x 7 1⁄8″ x 5″). Maximum weight limit is 15lbs.

Regional rate box B measures (14 1⁄2″ x 3″ x 16 1⁄4″) and is also available as a top loading (12 1⁄4″ x 10 1⁄2″ x 5 1⁄2″). Maximum weight limit is 20lbs.

Regional rate box C measures (15″ x 12″ x 12″). Maximum weight limit is 25lbs.

These boxes are free and are available at your local post office or for order online.

How Much Does USPS Charge For Shipping With A Regional Rate?

You can find pricing at USPS.com as prices vary overtime. The most accurate rate data can always be found on the carrier website.

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When Is USPS Regional Rate Available?

USPS regional rates are only applicable on USPS Priority shipments and will exclude some services such as PO boxes, APO/FPO addresses, and military bases. USPS Regional Rates also do not apply to oversize or overweight mail-pieces. USPS Regional Rate shipments must be placed at a USPS retail counter or online and cannot ship via USPS Click-N-Ship.

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USPS regional rate is a flat rate priority mail option that allows you to send packages up to a set weight for fixed prices based on destination zone. It provides discounted rates over USPS flat rates, however it is only available for USPS Priority packages.

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