USPS Commercial Pricing | Overview

USPS offers various high-volume discounts which make shipping large quantities cost-effective. Savvy eCommerce merchants take advantage of price-reduced postage through Commercial Pricing.

What is USPS Commercial Pricing?

Commercial Pricing is a USPS discount available for an annual shipping volume of more than 50,000 units/year. That may seem like a lot, but it can be a reasonable projection when running a booming online business.

A key requirement is, Commercial Pricing requires a contractual agreement with the USPS.

Volume Requirements for USPS Commercial Pricing

The following are the annual shipment volume requirements for each USPS service:

  • Priority Mail: 50,000+ pieces

  • Priority Mail Express: 5,000+ pieces

  • International: $100,000+ in postage value (with limits on what type of mail qualifies)

Savings with Commercial Pricing over USPS Retail


Businesses of all sizes can get Commercial Pricing through online shipping solutions, such as ShippingEasy.

One of the greatest advantages of ShippingEasy is that you can get up to 15% off of Priority Mail Commercial Pricing without the hassle of negotiating your own contract.

Savings are significant. See for yourself with a 30-day free trial of ShippingEasy.

Anytime you check discounts, make sure the discounts are up to date. The exact discount of any package depends on the service, shipment weight, dimensions, zone, and/or country price group.

At the time of this writing, the discounts are as follows:

  • Ground Advantage (formerly First-Class Package Service): up to 28% off retail price for shipments less than 13 oz. At least 33% and up to 59% over retail rates for parcels weight between 14 and 15.9 oz.

  • Priority Mail: up to 15% off of commercial pricing.

  • Priority Mail Express: up to 13% off retail price.

  • First-Class Package Intl. Service: up to 5% off retail price.

  • Priority Mail International: up to 8% off retail price.

  • Priority Mail Express International: up to 5% off retail prices.

USPS Services Eligible for Commercial Pricing

The following service types are supported by Commercial Pricing:

  • Ground Advantage (formerly First-Class Package Service (domestic) )

    • Weight-based packages (by zone)

  • Priority Mail (domestic)

    • Flat Rate boxes and envelopes

    • Weight-based packages (by zone and dimensions)

  • Priority Mail Express (domestic)

    • Flat Rate envelopes

    • Weight-based packages (by zone and dimensions)

  • First-class Package International Service (FCPIS)

    • Weight-based packages (by country price group)

  • Priority Mail International (PMI)

    • Flat Rate boxes and envelopes

    • Weight-based packages (by country price group)

  • Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

    • Flat Rate envelopes

    • Weight-based packages (by country price group)

NOT supported by Commercial Pricing:

  • First-class Mail

  • First-class Mail International

  • Ground Advantage (formerly Parcel Select Ground)

  • Library Mail

  • Media Mail

  • All other USPS service types not expressly listed in the supported USPS service types above


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