2019 shipping rate changes

Every year, shipping companies announce changes to their services, including increases to shipping rates. Here are the rate changes for USPS, UPS, DHL Express, and Canada Post. If you purchase shipping labels through Shopify, then you automatically get discounts on shipping rates.

USPS 2019 price changes

On January 27, 2019, USPS rates will increase as USPS implement pricing changes. If you use Shopify Shipping, then you'll continue to benefit from low rates from USPS, with savings of up to 40%.

First-Class Package Service will change from weight-based pricing to zone-based pricing. This means that the price you pay for shipping will be determined by the destination of your package, as well as its weight.

Balloon pricing for Priority Mail will be eliminated. Balloon pricing previously applied for packages that shipped in zones 1-4, weighed up to 20 lbs, and measured between 84-108 inches in combined length and girth. These packages will now be priced based on their weight.

For more information, see the USPS Postal Explorer. You can also use the Shopify shipping calculator to estimate current shipping costs.

You will still receive discounted shipping rates through Shopify Shipping. We're increasing the rates as determined by USPS.

First-Class Package Service

Starting January 27, 2019, the package destination will now affect the shipping price, as USPS is changing from weight-based pricing to zone-based pricing.

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Shopify rate (all plans) Shopify discount
5-8 oz +$0.78 (+20.8%) $4.53 $3.28 27.6%
12 oz +$0.20 (+3.9%) $5.35 $3.96 26.0%
15.999 oz N/A N/A $5.12 N/A

Sample shipment from New York to San Francisco

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Shopify rate (all plans) Shopify discount
5-8 oz +$1.06 (+28.3%) $4.81 $3.63 24.5%
12 oz +$0.51 (+9.9%) $5.66 $4.33 23.5%
15.999 oz N/A N/A $5.53 N/A

Priority Mail

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Shopify rate (all plans) Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$0.55 (+7.4%) $8.00 $7.65 4%
Medium (3 lbs) +$0.20 (+1.7%) $11.95 $9.26 23%
Heavy (5 lbs) -$0.45 (-3.2%) $13.70 $10.33 25%

Priority Mail Express

Starting January 27, 2019, Priority Mail Express will no longer use balloon pricing for packages under 20lbs and in between 84-108 inches of combined length and girth.

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Shopify rate (all plans) Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +1.85 (+5.3%) $36.60 $32.11 12%
Medium (3 lbs) +2.65 (+6.0%) $47.10 $40.43 14%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$3.40 (+6.3%) $57.20 $49.01 14%

First-Class Package International Service

Sample shipment from New York to Toronto

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Shopify rate (all plans) Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +1.25(+7.8%) $17.25 $16.39 5%
Medium (3 lbs) $+1.00 (+4.0%) $26.25 $24.94 5%

Priority Mail International

Sample shipment from New York to Toronto

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$1.30 (+3.9%) $34.30 $33.44 $33.02 $32.59 Up to 5%
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.50 (+3.9%) $39.80 $38.81 $38.31 $37.81 Up to 5%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.70 (+3.9%) $45.30 $44.17 $43.60 $43.04 Up to 5%
Flat rate envelope (padded) +$0.90 (+3.6%) $25.85 $25.20 $24.88 $24.55 Up to 5%
Flat rate box (small) $+0.90 (+3.5%) $26.85 $26.18 $25.84 $25.50 Up to 5%

Priority Mail Express International

Sample shipment from New York to Toronto

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$1.65 (+3.55%) $48.10 $46.90 $46.40 $45.90 Up to 5%
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.95 (+3.46%) $58.30 $56.84 $56.26 $55.67 Up to 5%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$2.30 (+3.47%) $68.55 $66.84 $66.15 $65.46 Up to 5%
Flat rate envelope (padded) +$1.50 (+3.48%) $44.50 $43.39 $42.84 $42.30 Up to 5%
Flat rate envelope (legal) +$1.50 (+3.48%) $44.50 $43.39 $42.84 $42.30 Up to 5%

UPS 2019 price changes

On December 26, 2018, UPS is increasing its rates by an average of 4.9%. If you use Shopify Shipping, then you'll continue to benefit from low rates from UPS, with savings of up to 55%.

You will still receive discounted shipping rates through Shopify Shipping. These shipping rate increases are determined by UPS.

UPS Ground

There is an additional residential surcharge of $4.50 applied on top of all retail rates (not included here). If you use Shopify Shipping, then this surcharge is waived.

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Shopify rates (all plans) Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$0.39 (+4.3%) $9.36 $8.42 Up to 10.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$0.46 (+4.3%) $11.14 $10.03 Up to 10.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$0.47 (+4.0%) $12.27 $11.04 Up to 10.0%

UPS 3 Day Select

There is an additional residential surcharge of $4.50 applied on top of all retail rates (not included here). If you use Shopify Shipping, then this surcharge is waived.

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) $0.90 (+5.9%) $16.08 $11.26 $11.23 $11.23 Up to 30.2%
Medium (3 lbs) $1.16 (+6.2%) $19.77 $13.84 $13.34 $12.85 Up to 35.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) $1.48 (+6.5%) $24.21 $16.95 $16.34 $15.74 Up to 35.0%

UPS Second Day Air

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$1.26 (+5.9%) $22.66 $13.14 $12.12 $11.56 Up to 49.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.77 (+7.0%) $26.94 $15.63 $14.41 $13.74 Up to 49.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$2.26 (+6.9%) $34.81 $20.19 $18.62 $17.75 Up to 49.0%

UPS Next Day Air Saver

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$2.89 (+5.4%) $56.53 $32.79 $28.55 $27.13 Up to 52.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$3.61 (+5.5%) $69.37 $40.23 $35.03 $33.30 Up to 52.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$4.22 (+5.4%) $82.58 $47.90 $41.70 $39.64 Up to 52.0%

UPS Next Day Air

Sample shipment from New York to Chicago

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$3.31 (+5.5%) $63.31 $36.72 $31.97 $30.39 Up to 52.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$4.06 (+5.5%) $77.69 $45.06 $39.23 $37.29 Up to 52.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$4.39 (+5.4%) $85.82 $49.78 $43.34 $41.19 Up to 52.0%

UPS Standard to Canada

Sample shipment from New York to Toronto

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$1.02 (+5.1%) $20.98 $20.98 $20.98 $20.98 N/A
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.06 (+4.7%) $23.40 $20.98 $20.98 $20.98 Up to 10.3%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.29 (+5.1%) $26.58 $23.12 $22.33 $21.53 Up to 19.0%

UPS Worldwide Expedited

Sample shipment from New York to London

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$2.21 (+2.4%) $94.29 $50.92 $44.79 $42.43 Up to 55.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$3.13 (+2.5%) $128.22 $69.24 $60.90 $57.70 Up to 55.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$4.01 (+2.4%) $171.00 $92.34 $81.23 $76.95 Up to 55.0%

UPS Worldwide Saver

Sample shipment from New York to London

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$3.06 (+3.1%) $101.83 $54.99 $48.37 $45.82 Up to 55.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$4.05 (+3.1%) $134.97 $72.88 $64.11 $60.74 Up to 55.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$5.50 (+3.1%) $183.00 $98.82 $86.93 $82.35 Up to 55.0%

UPS Worldwide Express

Sample shipment from New York to London

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$3.14 (+3.1%) $102.90 $55.57 $48.88 $46.31 Up to 55.0%
Medium (3 lbs) +$4.15 (+3.1%) $136.38 $73.65 $64.78 $61.37 Up to 55.0%
Heavy (5 lbs) +$5.62 (+3.1%) $184.89 $99.84 $87.82 $83.20 Up to 55.0%

DHL Express 2019 price changes

On January 1, 2019, DHL Express is increasing DHL Express Worldwide rates by an average of 5.1%. If you use Shopify Shipping, then you will continue to benefit from low rates from DHL Express, with savings of up to 77% compared to retail rates.

You will still receive discounted shipping rates through Shopify Shipping. These shipping rate increases are determined by DHL Express.

DHL Worldwide Express

Sample shipment from New York to Canada

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) +$3.06 (+4.1%) $77.78 $40.55 $28.54 $26.28 Up to 68.9%
Medium (3 lbs) +$3.77 (+4.1%) $95.69 $48.26 $33.96 $31.28 Up to 70.1%
Heavy (5 lbs) $4.47 (+4.1%) $113.61 $59.61 $41.95 $38.63 Up to 68.7%

Sample shipment from New York to United Kingdom

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) $4.31 (+4.5%) $100.24 $48.74 $34.30 $31.59 Up to 71.6%
Medium (3 lbs) $5.85 (+4.5%) $136.15 $65.10 $48.81 $42.19 Up to 72.1%
Heavy (5 lbs) $7.70 (+4.5%) $178.27 $86.22 $60.68 $55.88 Up to 71.8%

Sample shipment from New York to Australia

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) $5.72 (+5.6%) $108.02 $53.96 $37.97 $34.98 Up to 71.4%
Medium (3 lbs) $7.79 (+5.6%) $147.15 $76.05 $53.52 $49.29 Up to 70.2%
Heavy (5 lbs) $9.93 (+5.7%) $182.67 $101.32 $71.30 $65.67 Up to 67.7%

Sample shipment from New York to Hong Kong SAR China

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Light (1 lbs) $4.00 (+4.6%) $90.93 $51.98 $36.58 $33.69 Up to 65.8%
Medium (3 lbs) $5.53 (+4.6%) $125.75 $72.07 $50.72 $46.72 Up to 65.7%
Heavy (5 lbs) $6.99 (+4.6%) $159.04 $90.52 $63.70 $58.67 Up to 66.0%

Canada Post 2019 price changes

On January 14, 2019, Canada Post is increasing its rates by an average of 4% on domestic services and 2% on international services. If you use Shopify Shipping, then you'll continue to benefit from low rates from Canada Post, with savings of up to 47%.

You will still receive discounted shipping rates through Shopify Shipping. These shipping rate increases are determined by Canada Post.

Expedited Parcel

The example rates below are listed in CAD.

Sample shipment from Toronto to Calgary

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Very light (0.5 kg) +$0.46 (+3.2%) $14.66 $13.50 $12.99 $12.54 Up to 14.5%
Light (1 kg) +$0.53 (+3.5%) $15.59 $14.26 $13.68 $13.11 Up to 15.9%
Medium (3 kg) +$0.69 (+3.7%) $19.14 $17.57 $16.88 $16.20 Up to 15.4%
Heavy (5 kg) +$0.81 (+3.8%) $22.32 $20.55 $19.74 $19.01 Up to 14.8%

Xpresspost

The example rates below are listed in CAD.

Sample shipment from Toronto to Calgary

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Very light (0.5 kg) +$0.52 (+3.3%) $16.37 $15.25 $14.89 $14.60 Up to 10.8%
Light (1 kg) +$0.73 (+3.5%) $21.68 $20.18 $19.80 $19.55 Up to 9.8%
Medium (3 kg) +$1.44 (+3.7%) $39.93 $37.41 $36.84 $36.22 Up to 9.3%
Heavy (5 kg) +$1.84 (+3.7%) $50.91 $47.78 $47.21 $46.56 Up to 8.5%

Priority

The example rates below are listed in CAD.

Sample shipment from Toronto to Calgary

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Very light (0.5 kg) +$1.31 (+3.2%) $41.77 $39.26 $38.57 $37.86 Up to 9.4%
Light (1 kg) +$1.44 (+3.5%) $42.65 $39.79 $39.10 $38.38 Up to 10.0%
Medium (3 kg) +$2.07 (+3.8%) $57.21 $53.37 $52.22 $51.08 Up to 10.7%
Heavy (5 kg) +$2.56 (+3.8%) $70.79 $65.92 $64.32 $62.86 Up to 11.2%

Expedited Parcel USA

The example rates below are listed in CAD.

Sample shipment from Toronto to New York

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Very light (0.5 kg) +$0.39 (+2.0%) $19.72 $18.53 $18.26 $18.17 Up to 7.9%
Light (1 kg) +$0.42 (+2.0%) $21.44 $20.20 $19.58 $19.22 Up to 10.4%
Medium (3 kg) +$0.52 (+2.0%) $26.75 $25.21 $24.74 $24.68 Up to 7.7%
Heavy (5 kg) +$0.94 (+3.0%) $32.11 $29.89 $29.48 $29.42 Up to 8.4%

Xpresspost USA

The example rates below are listed in CAD.

Sample shipment from Toronto to New York

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Very light (0.5 kg) +$0.59 (+2.0%) $30.25 $28.16 $27.39 $26.84 Up to 11.3%
Light (1 kg) +$0.64 (+2.0%) $32.64 $30.63 $29.48 $29.10 Up to 10.8%
Medium (3 kg) +$0.78 (+2.0%) $39.80 $37.28 $37.06 $36.54 Up to 8.2%
Heavy (5 kg) +$1.01 (+2.0%) $51.29 $48.07 $44.89 $44.74 Up to 12.8%

Xpresspost International

The example rates below are listed in CAD.

Sample shipment from Toronto to London

  Change from 2018 2019 retail rate Basic Shopify rate Shopify rate Advanced Shopify rate Shopify discount
Very light (0.5 kg) +$1.28 (+2.0%) $65.06 $60.56 $51.27 $50.17 Up to 22.9%
Light (1 kg) +$1.43 (+2.0%) $72.81 $67.86 $62.40 $57.05 Up to 21.6%
Medium (3 kg) +$2.06 (+2.0%) $105.01 $97.70 $89.09 $83.78 Up to 20.2%
Heavy (5 kg) +$2.89 (+2.0%) $147.27 $133.78 $120.75 $112.90 Up to 23.3%

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