Article Updated: April 4, 2022
In case you missed it, the USPS® implemented two new shipping fees starting this weekend that may affect your mailroom budget. Non-Standard fees apply to larger packages and dimension noncompliance fees apply to packages with missing or incorrect dimensions. Please note that flat rate packages are not subject to fees because they already meet requirements. Just don’t overstuff them!
The USPS® Non-Standard Fees are new fees that will be assessed on packages to incur manual handling costs, such as when the dimensions exceed the sortation requirements.
The following fees will be added to parcels that exceed certain dimensions, as specified below:
These fees do not apply to destination entry discounts DSCF/DNDC and DDU.
The Dimension Noncompliance Fee is a new fee of $1.50 that will be assessed on commercial parcels that are greater than one cubic foot or with a length greater than 22 inches. The fee will also be assessed if you forget to provide dimensions or use inaccurate dimensions in the electronic file.
The new fees were proposed in November, and they were originally included in the mailing and shipping rate changes effective January 9, 2022. The USPS® delayed the implementation of these fees until April 3, 2022, to provide the industry with additional time to plan and adjust for these changes.
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