2018 carrier 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 still get discounts on the rates.

USPS 2018 price changes

On January 21, 2018, USPS is increasing its rates by an average of 4.9%. Shopify Shipping users will continue to benefit from low rates from USPS, with savings up to 52%.

First Class Mail International won't be available as a shipping option after January 21, 2018 due to changes by USPS. Instead, Shopify recommends using First Class Package International to ship packages that weigh less than 4 pounds. For more information, see the USPS guide about these changes.

Priority Mail

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 2018 post office rate Shopify rate (all plans)
Light (1 lbs) +$0.05 $7.45 $6.98
Medium (3 lbs) +$0.10 $11.75 $8.98
Heavy (5 lbs) No change $14.15 $10.33
USPS Flat rate envelope (padded) +$0.05 $7.25 $6.90
USPS Flat rate box (medium) +$0.05 $13.65 $12.45

Priority Mail Express

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 2018 post office rate Shopify rate (all plans)
Light (1 lbs) +$0.30 $34.75 $30.93
Medium (3 lbs) +$0.50 $44.45 $38.78
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.80 $53.80 $46.92
USPS Flat rate envelope (padded) +$0.95 $25.40 $22.46

First-Class Package Service

Change from 2017 2018 post office rate Shopify rate (all plans)
1-4 ounces +$0.89 $3.50 $2.66
5 ounces +$0.98 $3.75 $2.79
6 ounces +$0.98 $3.75 $2.92
7 ounces +$0.98 $3.75 $3.05
8 ounces +$0.98 $3.75 $3.18
9 ounces +$0.78 $4.10 $3.34
10 ounces +$0.99 $4.45 $3.50
11 ounces +$1.20 $4.80 $3.66
12 ounces +$1.41 $5.15 $3.82
13 ounces +$1.62 $5.50 $4.10
14 ounces N/A N/A $4.38
15 ounces N/A N/A $4.66
15.999 ounces N/A N/A $4.94

First-Class Package International

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Toronto

Change from 2017 2018 post office rate Shopify rate (all plans)
Light (1 lbs) +$0.50 $16.00 $15.20
Medium (3 lbs) +$0.75 $25.25 $23.99

Priority Mail International

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Toronto

Change from 2017 2018 post office rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$1.25 $33.00 $32.18 $31.76 $31.35
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.15 $38.30 $37.34 $36.87 $36.39
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.65 $43.60 $42.51 $41.97 $41.42
USPS Flat rate envelope (padded) +$1.00 $24.95 $24.33 $24.01 $23.70
USPS Flat rate box (medium) +$1.80 $47.75 $46.56 $45.95 $45.35

UPS 2018 price changes

On December 24, 2017, UPS is increasing its rates by an average of 4.9%. Shopify Shipping users will continue to benefit from low rates from UPS, with savings of up to 52% on post office rates.

UPS Next Day Air®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$4.34 $60.00 $34.80 $30.30 $28.80
Medium (3 lbs) +$5.33 $73.63 $42.71 $37.18 $35.34
Heavy (5 lbs) +$3.98 $81.43 $47.23 $41.12 $39.09

UPS Next Day Air Saver®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$2.61 $53.63 $31.11 $27.09 $25.75
Medium (3 lbs) +$3.21 $65.76 $38.14 $33.21 $31.56
Heavy (5 lbs) +$3.83 $78.36 $45.45 $39.57 $37.61

UPS Second Day Air®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$1.30 $21.40 $12.41 $11.45 $10.91
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.53 $25.17 $14.60 $13.47 $12.84
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.98 $32.55 $18.88 $17.41 $16.60

UPS 3 Day Select®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago with Shopify Shipping. Note: List rates include a $4.15 residential surcharge. The residential surcharge is waived for Shopify merchants.

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$1.77 $19.33 $10.63 $10.63 $10.63
Medium (3 lbs) +$2.20 $22.96 $13.03 $12.56 $12.10
Heavy (5 lbs) +$2.24 $26.88 $15.91 $15.34 $14.77

UPS Ground®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago with Shopify Shipping. Note: List rates include a $4.15 residential surcharge. The residential surcharge is waived for Shopify merchants.

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Chicago

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$1.14 $13.12 $8.07 $8.07 $8.07
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.23 $14.83 $9.61 $9.61 $9.61
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.27 $15.95 $10.62 $10.62 $10.62

UPS Worldwide Express®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to United Kingdom

Destination Weight List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Toronto Light (1 lbs) $80.83 $43.65 $38.39 $36.37
Medium (3 lbs) $100.07 $54.04 $47.53 $45.03
Heavy (5 lbs) $122.93 $66.38 $58.39 $55.32
United Kingdom Light (1 lbs) $99.76 $53.87 $47.39 $44.89
Medium (3 lbs) $132.23 $71.40 $62.81 $59.50
Heavy (5 lbs) $179.27 $96.81 $85.15 $80.67

UPS Worldwide Saver

Sample shipment from N.Y. to United Kingdom

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$4.59 $98.77 $53.34 $46.92 $44.45
Medium (3 lbs) +$5.81 $130.92 $70.70 $62.19 $58.91
Heavy (5 lbs) +$8.57 $177.50 $95.85 $84.31 $79.88

UPS World Expedited®

Sample shipment from N.Y. to United Kingdom

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$2.69 $92.08 $49.72 $43.74 $41.44
Medium (3 lbs) +$7.31 $125.09 $67.55 $59.42 $56.29
Heavy (5 lbs) +$9.16 $166.99 $90.17 $79.32 $75.15

UPS Standard to Canada

Sample shipment from N.Y. to Toronto

Change from 2017 List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Light (1 lbs) +$0.84 $19.96 $19.96 $19.96 $19.96
Medium (3 lbs) +$1.09 $22.34 $19.96 $19.96 $19.96
Heavy (5 lbs) +$1.15 $25.29 $22.00 $21.24 $20.48

DHL Express 2018 price changes

On January 1, 2018, DHL Express is increasing its rates by an average of 4.9%. Shopify Shipping users will continue to benefit from low rates from DHL, with savings up to 65% compared to list rates.

DHL Express Worldwide

Sample shipment from N.Y.

Destination Weight List rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Canada Light (1 lbs) $74.72 $35.48 $28.09 $25.87
Medium (3 lbs) $91.92 $42.21 $33.42 $30.78
Heavy (5 lbs) $109.14 $51.92 $41.10 $37.86
United Kingdom Light (1 lbs) $95.93 $42.92 $33.98 $31.30
Medium (3 lbs) $130.30 $58.18 $40.27 $42.43
Heavy (5 lbs) $170.57 $76.91 $60.89 $56.08
Australia Light (1 lbs) $102.30 $46.34 $36.69 $33.79
Medium (3 lbs) $139.36 $65.44 $51.81 $47.72
Heavy (5 lbs) $172.74 $86.87 $68.77 $63.34
Hong Kong Light (1 lbs) $86.93 $45.93 $38.36 $33.49
Medium (3 lbs) $120.22 $63.36 $50.16 $46.20
Heavy (5 lbs) $152.05 $78.46 $62.12 $57.21

Canada Post 2018 price changes

On January 15, 2018, Canada Post is increasing its rates an average of 4% on domestic services and 1.2% on international services. Shopify Shipping users will continue to benefit from low rates from Canada Post, with savings of up to 40%.

Origin Destination Actual Package weight Package dimensions Volumetric Equivalent of Actual Weight 2017 Volumetric Equivalent of Actual Weight 2018 Shopify Rate 2017 Shopify Rate 2018 Rate Increase 2018
Toronto Calgary 1.0 kg 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm 1.33 kg 1.60 kg $13.05 $14.38 10.2%
Montreal Ottawa 4.2 kg 50 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm 5.00 kg 6.00 kg $10.98 $12.13 10.5%

Expedited Parcel

Canada Post will be moving to a density factor of 5,000 (compared to 6,000) for Expedited Parcel in 2018. This means packages that are light, but large in dimension, will have a higher Volumetric Equivalent weight.

Sample shipment from Toronto to Calgary

Change from 2017 2018 retail rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Very Light (0.5 kg) +$0.62 $14.33 $13.17 $12.68 $12.23
Light (1.0 kg) +$0.65 $15.20 $13.91 $13.34 $12.79
Medium (3 kg) +$0.98 $18.63 $17.06 $16.39 $15.72
Heavy (5 kg) +$1.14 $21.72 $19.96 $19.16 $18.46

Xpresspost

Sample shipment from Toronto to Calgary

Change from 2017 2018 retail rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Very Light (0.5 kg) +$0.69 $16.00 $14.87 $14.53 $14.24
Light (1.0 kg) +$0.92 $21.16 $19.70 $19.31 $19.08
Medium (3 kg) +$2.05 $38.87 $36.33 $35.76 $35.18
Heavy (5 kg) +$2.61 $49.55 $46.49 $45.84 $45.21

Priority

Sample shipment from Toronto to Calgary

Change from 2017 2018 retail rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Very Light (0.5 kg) +$1.86 $40.85 $38.30 $37.63 $36.93
Light (1.0 kg) +$1.80 $41.62 $38.81 $38.15 $37.45
Medium (3 kg) +$2.93 $55.68 $51.81 $50.69 $49.59
Heavy (5 kg) +$3.62 $68.89 $64.00 $62.45 $61.03

Xpresspost USA

Sample shipment from Toronto to New York

Change from 2017 2018 retail rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Very Light (0.5 kg) +$0.58 $29.66 $27.61 $26.85 $26.31
Light (1.0 kg) +$0.63 $32.00 $30.03 $28.90 $28.53
Medium (3 kg) +$0.77 $39.02 $36.55 $36.33 $35.82
Heavy (5 kg) +$0.99 $50.28 $47.13 $44.01 $43.86

Expedited Parcel USA

Sample shipment from Toronto to New York

Change from 2017 2018 retail rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Very Light (0.5 kg) +$0.19 $19.33 $18.17 $17.90 $17.81
Light (1.0 kg) +$0.41 $21.02 $19.80 $19.20 $18.84
Medium (3 kg) +$0.26 $26.23 $24.72 $24.25 $24.20
Heavy (5 kg) +$0.31 $31.17 $29.30 $28.90 $28.84

Xpresspost International

Sample shipment from Toronto to London

Change from 2017 2018 retail rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
Very Light (0.5 kg) +$1.25 $63.78 $59.37 $50.26 $49.18
Light (1.0 kg) +$1.40 $71.38 $66.53 $61.18 $55.93
Medium (3 kg) +$2.02 $102.95 $95.78 $87.34 $82.14
Heavy (5 kg) +$2.83 $144.38 $131.16 $118.38 $110.69

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