New USPS Package Fees went into Effect 4/4/22

April 8th, 2022

USPS announced two new fees that went into effect this week. Packages over 2 cubic feet in volume will incur fees between $16.50 to $19 on top of the cost of shipping.  This will affect larger packages, particularly fiber and yarn, and makes UPS Ground and FedEx Ground more viable for shipments 2 cubic feet or more.

Here is an example of a 2 Cubic Foot box
      18″ x 15″ x 12.5″        3375 cubic inches

USPS Dimensional Noncompliance Fee

Shipments that are over 1 cubic feet or have a length greater than 22″ that are shipped with missing dimensions or incorrect dimensions will be charged an additional $1.50 noncompliance fee.
Shipments over 2 cubic feet (cubic volume exceeds 3456 inches) then the $1.50 noncompliance fee will automatically apply as well.

USPS Non Standard Fee

The USPS Non Standard Fee has a few more layers to unpack. Essentially, packages that exceed a certain dimensional threshold will incur an additional fee in addition to the postage.

  • Parcels that are longer than 22 inches but less than 30 inches will see a $4.00 surcharge.
  • Parcels that exceed 30 inches in length will incur a $15.00 surcharge.
  • Parcels that measure greater than 2 cubic (3456 cubic inches) feet will also see a $15.00 fee added.

It’s more important than ever to compare your shipping options to get the very best price. For packages over 16x12x12, compare UPS Ground, FedEx, and the new USPS Rates including the new fees to find your most economical rate.