What is a Zone?

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Zones are a tool used by USPS to measure the actual distance a package must travel.
Zones range from Zone 1 (local) to Zone 9 (very far away). A zone is determined by the "ship from" zip code as it relates to the "ship to" zip code. The farther a package must travel, the more zones it crosses, and the more it costs to ship it.

Endicia provides a dynamic map illustrating zones across the country based on your zip code. Go to Endicia's zone map.

USPS provides a detailed breakdown of zones based on specific sets of zip codes. Go to USPS' look up tool

If a weight- or dimensional-based service is selected, then the zone will factor into the overall cost of the service.

Zoned services

Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail:  See our rate tables to determine shipping cost between zone.

Priority Mail Regional Rate: Zoned service that uses different packages to save you money. Learn more.

Zone-exempt services

Flat Rate package types: Available for packages up to 70 lbs. Learn more.

First Class Package Service: Available only for packages less than 1 lb. Learn more.



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