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What is Priority Mail Regional Rate shipping?

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Regional Rate is a cost-saving USPS mail service that utilizes a shipment's distance to its destination.

If priority shipping were a James Bond movie, Priority Mail Regional Rate would be the ultimate secret weapon. As a little-known service of the USPS (it’s not even advertised in retail locations), it gives big savings to businesses sending shipments weighing 20 lbs or less. The key to Regional Rate is utilizing the zones that determine the rates. Instead of charging one rate no matter the distance (like Priority Mail Flat Rate), Regional Rate offers rates that vary by “zone.”

There are two sizes for Regional Rate boxes, all available as free supplies from the USPS:

Regional Rate
Box Type
Description Top Loading Side Loading Weight

Box A

Ships at approximately the same rate as a regular 2lb package 10" x 7" x 4-3/4" 12-13/16" x 10-15/16" x 2-3/8" Up to 15 lbs, same flat rate

Box B

Ships at approximately the same rate as a regular 4lb package 12" x 10-1/4" x 5" 15-7/8" x 14-3/8" x 2-7/8" Up to 20 lbs, same flat rate

Here’s a real-world example:

If you ship a 10 lb package across the country from Austin, TX to Manhattan, NY (Zone 7) look at the savings:

  • Priority Mail custom (weight-based) box costs $28.45 (Endicia - Commercial Plus Pricing)
  • Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box costs $11.60 (Endicia - Commercial Plus Pricing)
  • Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A costs only $9.70 (Endicia rate)
SAVINGS on postage: $1.90 - $18.75

Now – if you ship this same 10 lb package closer to home from Austin, TX to Houston, TX (Zone 2) look at the savings:

  • Priority Mail custom (weight-based) box costs $8.43 (Endicia - Commercial Plus Pricing)
  • Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box costs $11.60 (Endicia - Commercial Plus Pricing)
  • Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A costs only $6.01 (Endicia rate)
SAVINGS on postage: $2.42 - $5.59

NOTICE: USPS rates change on January 22, 2017. Learn more about the rate and service changes.

2017 Priority Mail Regional Rates:

Learn more about priority shipping zones.

  Zone 1 & 2
Local
Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
Box A 6.52 6.60 6.83 8.15 9.19 9.99 10.28 15.14
Box B 7.17 8.01 9.19 10.95 15.68 17.93 20.41 28.72

 

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Related articles:

What is a Zone?
Priority Mail - Commercial Base (Rate Table)
Priority Mail - Commercial Plus (Rate Table)
Package Sizes and Dimensions: USPS Domestic
Can I use Regional Rate Boxes for International Shipments?

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    Debbie Goodwin

    Thats just dandy stating the prices and zones, but you are just expecting a lay person to know Where the zones are? This is not helpful at all. Debbie

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    Jennifer R. [ShippingEasy]

    Hello Debbie - Thanks for asking for clarification. Zones are a tool that the USPS uses extensively to track distances between shipment origins and destinations. We have an article dedicated to the subject, which includes some handy look up tools:

    Within ShippingEasy, you'll also notice that we commonly call out the zone for a shipment. This information can be found on the Orders and Ready to Ship pages.

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    Rodney Allen

    can these boxes be used with Pay Pal... I don't see any B boxes on my pay pal?

     

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    Jennifer R. [ShippingEasy]

    Hi Rodney - If you have a ShippingEasy account, you should be able to use these boxes to ship your PayPal orders. However, if you're not seeing the option, it's possible that you do not have an Endicia International & Expedited account connected with ShippingEasy. Learn how in this guide:

    On the other hand, if you're shipping via PayPal, you would need to reach out to their support to verify what shipping services they provide access to. You could also consider opening a ShippingEasy account. Our plans start at free. Learn more about ShippingEasy at ShippingEasy.com.

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    Frank Simmons

    Jennifer,

    Some good links...but when I went to "shippingeasy.com" it was not free.  It is a subscription service.  What did you mean by "Our plans start at free"?  There is a free trial if that is what you're referring too.  It looks like I can just use my Click-N-Ship account, but will still need to go to the post office for a Priority Mail Regional B Box.

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    Jennifer R. [ShippingEasy]

    Hi Frank - Thanks for asking for clarification!

    ShippingEasy offers a free Starter plan. It still requires registering a ShippingEasy account, but there is zero monthly subscription fee. We have a page dedicated to the details of this plan, and you can also sign up for this plan here: Free Shipping Software

    You're also welcome to read up on it in this guide: What is the FREE Starter plan and what is included?

    Once you've signed up for ShippingEasy, the Endicia (USPS) carrier accounts are included at no additional cost. These allow you to access Commercial Base Pricing. Compared with the Retail rates available with Click'n'Ship, this can save quite a bit of money on postage. 

    We have more information about how Click'n'Ship compares with ShippingEasy in this guide: Is there a good alternative to Click-N-Ship?

    Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes can then be obtained from your local post office, or you can have them delivered to you for free. Find more information about ordering free USPS supplies in this guide: USPS Supplies: Ordering Details (FREE)

    I hope this helps!

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    Chandana Reddy-Sinha

    Hello Jennifer,

    What is the best location to drop-off the boxes, for bulk shipping, say 20 boxes at a time?

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    Jennifer R. [ShippingEasy]

    Hello Chandana - Thanks for posting your question!

    I recommend reaching out to your local Post Office, specifically the one that will be initially handing your packages. Each Post Office has slightly different preferences and policies, so they can provide you with the best advice for dropping off a large quantity of packages.

    Anyone at the retail counter should be able to help. However, you may be interested in speaking with the Post Master if you plan to have a long term, higher volume, relationship with the branch.

    If you do have many packages at once, you might also be interested in USPS SCAN forms and package pickup. We have more information about both of these in the following articles:

    Your Post Office could also advice on their preferences for these services.

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