January 2017 USPS and Canada Post price changes

In January 2017 the USPS and Canada Post updated their shipping rates in line with their annual price adjustment. If you’re purchasing shipping labels with Shopify, then you should expect your rates to be affected.

USPS 2017 price changes

On January 22, 2017, the USPS updated their shipping rates in line with their annual price adjustment. These increases range between 3-4%.

Note

Your Shopify Shipping discount percentages will stay the same. We're increasing the rates as dictated by the USPS.

Pricing change overview

USPS will be increasing their prices across the various mail classes as follows:

Mail class Average rate increase
First-Class Package Service4.1%
Priority Mail3.9%
Priority Mail Express3.4%
First-Class Package Service InternationalNo change *
Priority Mail InternationalNo change
Priority Express Mail InternationalNo change

* Shopify lowered First-Class Package International rates on the Basic and Shopify plans.

Priority Mail

On average, the USPS has raised Priority Mail rates by 3.9%. The comparison below shows how the 2017 price change affects an example shipment.

Shopify will continue to offer merchants on the Advanced Shopify plan the lowest possible rates the USPS allows its partners to make available.

Example: 1 lb. shipment, NYC to Chicago (Zone 5)

Walk-in rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
2016 $6.95 $6.20 $6.11 $6.01
2017 $7.40 $6.73 $6.63 $6.53
Price change +$0.45 +$0.53 +$0.52 +$0.52

Priority Mail Express

On average, the USPS has raised Priority Mail Express rates by 3.4%. The comparison below shows how the 2017 price change affects an example shipment.

Shopify will continue to offer merchants on the Advanced Shopify plan the lowest possible rates the USPS allows its partners to make available.

Example: 1 lb. shipment, NYC to Chicago

Walk-in rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
2016 $32.30 $31.39 $30.28 $29.07
2017 $33.45 $32.61 $31.21 $29.80
Price change +$1.15 +$1.22 +$0.93 +$0.73

First-Class Package Service

USPS has updated the pricing for First-Class Package Service, grouping packages weighing 1-4 oz. at a single price of $2.61 and 5-8 oz at $2.77.

2016 2017 Price change
1-4 oz. $2.60 $2.61 +$0.01
5-8 oz. $2.60 $2.77 +$0.17
9 oz. $3.30 $3.32 +$0.02
10 oz. $3.35 $3.46 +$0.11
11 oz. $3.40 $3.60 +$0.20
12 oz. $3.45 $3.74 +$0.29
13 oz. $3.50 $3.88 +$0.38
14 oz. $3.55 $4.02 +$0.47
15 oz. $3.60 $4.16 +$0.56
16 oz. $3.65 $4.16 +$0.65

First-Class Package International

While the USPS has not changed its pricing for First-Class Package International, Shopify has decreased its rates and offers merchants the lowest possible First Class Package International prices across all plans.

Example: 1 lb. shipment, USA to Canada

Walk-in rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
2016 $15.50 $15.11 $14.92 $14.73
2017 $15.50 $14.73 $14.73 $14.73
Price change No change -$0.38 -$0.19 No change

Note

The example prices are listed in USD.

Canada Post 2017 price changes

On January 16, 2017, Canada Post updated their shipping rates in line with their annual price adjustment. Canada Post domestic rates are increasing by 4% and USA/International rates are increasing by 3%.

Pricing change overview

Canada Post will be increasing their prices across the various mail classes as follows:

Domestic Average rate increase
Priority™4%
Xpresspost™4%
Expedited Parcel™ *4%
USA/International Average rate increase
Priority™ Worldwide3%
Xpresspost™ - USA and International3%
Expedited Parcel™ - USA3%
International Air and Surface Parcel3%
Small Packet™ - USA and International 3%
Tracked Packet™ - USA and International 3%

* Shopify Shipping doesn't offer Regular Parcel rates. The Expedited Parcel rates cost less and deliver faster with Shopify Shipping.

Example: 1.0kg (VE*). shipment, Toronto to Vancouver using Domestic Expedited Parcel™

Walk-in rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
2016 $14.15 $13.03 $12.56 $12.04
2017 $14.58 $13.34 $12.80 $12.27
Price change +$0.43 +$0.31 +$0.24 +$0.23

* Volumetric Equivalent Actual Weight

Note

The example prices are listed in CAD. Visit Canada Post for more details on the price changes.

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