Shipping Moving Boxes: the Cheapest Way to Ship Boxes - Moving.com (2022)

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We talk about different ways to get your belongings from point A to point B when you’re moving, but what if you just need to ship a few boxes? Not all moves include dozens and dozens of boxes, nor is moving the only time you might find yourself in need of a cheap shipping option. To help, we created this guide on shipping moving boxes and we’ll also share a few tips on finding the cheapest ways to ship boxes.

4 Companies offering cost-efficient box shipping options

Here are four companies to consider when you need to ship a few boxes and a little bit about their offerings.

  1. Greyhound Package Express

    Every day there are hundreds of Greyhound buses traveling throughout the country. And a lot of times, their luggage compartments aren’t full. Enter Greyhound Package Express, which makes use of all that extra space by using it to ship boxes.

    Greyhound Package Express Costs

    If you drop off and pick up your boxes at a designated Greyhound station, shipping one box will cost about $44. The door-to-door delivery will cost $168. There are two hybrid delivery services between self-service (station-to-station) and full-service (door-to-door): door-to-station ($95) and station-to-door ($116). You can use the company’s online calculator to determine the shipping price. The recommended box limit is five. Bulk rates apply for more than five boxes being shipped simultaneously.

    Things to know

    • Each box needs to be sized correctly to fit under the bus. For that reason, boxes can be no larger than 29″ H x 47″ W x 82″ L and must weigh no more than 100 pounds.
    • The bottom of the bus can be a bumpy ride, which means you’ll need to be extra careful about shipping any breakables. And Greyhound doesn’t offer insurance for shipments, which means that if something does break, you’re going to be out of luck. However, you will get coverage on the present-day declared value of the items. The value limit is $1,000.
    • Your boxes will need to be inspected before they’ll be allowed on the bus. Make sure to leave your boxes untaped (Greyhound will provide tape for you to use after the inspection), and note that boxes with prohibited items will not be accepted. You can learn more about this by reading Greyhound Package Express’s shipping terms and conditions.
    • Shipping times tend to be pretty quick. Expect two days if your boxes are traveling 0-125 miles, three days if they’re traveling 126-275 miles, four days if they’re traveling 276-500 miles, etc. You can find more details on estimated shipping timeshere, and you can also pay more if you’d like priority shipping.
  2. Pros

  • Offers pickup and delivery services
  • Ships quickly
  • Competitive pricing

Cons

  • The recommended box limit is five
  • Boxes have to be a certain size to fit under the bus
  • Weight limit
  • Can be a bumpy ride, not recommended for breakables
  • Limited liability
  • Busfreighter

    If you have more than five boxes or shipping across the state lines, Busfreighter might be the way to go. It’s a partner of Greyhound Package Express, meaning it operates the same way on the same buses but is owned and operated by a separate company. Because of that, you can often get even cheaper rates on shipping a few boxes via Greyhound.

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    Busfreighter Costs

    It’s 85 cents per pound, though you’ll spend more for oversized boxes. Check out a complete breakdown of Busfreighter’s rates and some savings examples. You can also get an online quote for your shipment.

    Things to know

    • Busfreighter has the same size and weight requirements as Greyhound Package Express. A box can be no larger than 29” x 47” x 82” and must weigh no more than 100 pounds.
    • Like Greyhound, Busfreighter does not offer insurance for your belongings. However, you will get coverage on the present-day declared value of the items.
    • The cheapest option will be to drop off your boxes yourself at the Greyhound station they’ll be shipping out of (make sure to head to the Greyhound Package Express window). If you want to pay a bit more, you can drop them off at a Convenience Drop-Off Location or spring for pick up at your home.
    • You will not be able to ship furniture or large electronics through Busfreighter.
    • Cross-country shipments typically take 10-14 business days to arrive. Shipments traveling less than 2,000 miles typically take 3-7 business days, depending on the actual distance.
  • Pros

    • Accepts oversized boxes
    • A good option for shipping more than five boxes

    Cons

    • Size and weight requirements
  • UShip

    With UShip, you post what, how much, and where you need to ship on the UShip marketplace, and independent truck drivers who are already heading the same route can bid to take them there for you. In 2021, more than 850,000 shipments, or one every 37 seconds, were listed on UShip, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find someone heading in the right direction.

    UShip Costs

    It depends on the bids that you get. If you’re shipping somewhere that tends to be traffic-heavy, you’ll probably be able to get a cheap bid than if you’re shipping somewhere that’s a bit more obscure.

    Things to know

    • UShip offers a verified vendor system to ensure their truckers are legit, but truck drivers aren’t professional movers. You will have to rely on your own research to choose a qualified trucker whom you can trust with your boxes.
    • There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a bid or that your bid will be cheaper than going through the options above or even through USPS, UPS, or FedEx. It’s worth a try though.
    • You can protect your belongings by buying UShip cargo insurance.
    • You can ship anything through UShip, provided you get a trucker to take on the job. That includes items you can’t ship through the above options, like furniture, large electronics, and even grandma’s grand piano.
  • Pros

    • Provides access to a large network of truck drivers
    • You can ship anything, as long as it’s legal and not considered a hazard
    • Offers insurance

    Cons

    • No guarantee on a bid
  • USPS

    In some cases, shipping a few boxes as domestic packages using the United States Postal Service (USPS) can have many benefits, a major one being a lower price. Depending on what you’re shipping and where you’re shipping it to, using USPS can be one of the cheapest ways to ship boxes. Other advantages include the ability to purchase this service online, get basic insurance, and, in some cases, the availability of a free pickup.

    USPS Costs

    USPS Retail Ground shipping service is a reliable and economical way to ship boxes in two to eight business days. Prices start at $8.50 at a Post Office. For any media or books, use Media Mail, a service for shipping media and educational materials. Prices start at $3.19 at a Post Office.

  • Things to know

    • Just like with most shipping companies, you can get a quote online.
    • You can request a Free Package Pickup during regular mail delivery or Pickup on Demand if you wish your boxes to be picked up at a specific time for a fee.
    • USPS’ maximum weight requirement is 70 lbs.
    • Retail Ground ships packages up to 130 inches in combined length and girth.
    • You can buy insurance for up to $5,000 as an add-on.
  • Pros

    • Competitive pricing
    • Free pickup in some cases
    • Online quotes
    • Basic insurance

    Cons

    • Weight requirement

    Cheapest ways to move boxes

    The more boxes you have to ship, the more your shipment will cost. If you’re only shipping a couple of boxes, USPS is probably the cheapest way.

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    For large or heavy boxes or shipments of more than three boxes, consider the consolidated freight shipping method as the cheapest way to ship boxes when multiple less-than-truckload (LTL, or less-than-load) shipments are combined into one. UPS offers those, and you can get an online quote. Rates vary widely depending on the size and the destination.

    FedEx will also ship large items over 150 lbs. within the U.S. and internationally and does LTL shipping. Check FedEx’s detailed guide on these services to choose the best way to ship your boxes.

    Cheapest ways to move boxes across the country

    One of Busfreighter’s specialties is shipping across state lines, and it might be the most economical way. You can also get online quotes from moving container companies like Pods or U-Pack, but the price will depend on where you’re shipping and how many boxes you have to ship.

    How to ship moving boxes

    • Prepare the boxes. Measure every one of them to make sure you won’t exceed maximum size requirements for the shipping carrier you’ll be using. Use strong, dry and clean boxes that can close easily. Reinforce all flaps with good packing tape. Cover or blackout old logos, labels, and addresses if you’re using a secondhand box.
    • Pack the boxes. Pack them the same way you would pack if you were using a moving company or using a rental moving van. Keep the weight under the weight limit of the company you’re using. Don’t pack any restricted and prohibited items in your boxes. Use a good packing tape, not twine or cord (they can cause the containers to get caught in the automated mail-processing equipment. Address/label your boxes clearly and correctly. Need help or inspiration? Use our handy packing checklist and advice on how to pack boxes for moving.
    • Get a quote. Most shipping carriers have online calculators, some very detailed, to calculate the shipping costs. You can then decide whether it’s worth it, which company to go with, and how much to expect to spend so you can manage expectations and prepare in advance.
    • Ship your boxes. At this final step, you’ll either take your boxes to the carrier or, if you’re springing for pickup, whey will come to your home to get the shipment off your hands. This is where you will also finalize purchasing insurance, if it’s offered, and get a tracking number.

    Shipping moving boxes tips

    • Box size and weight. Carefully review the shipping company’s maximum size and weight requirements and break up what you’re shipping into more boxes if you must. Boxes that are too heavy can be very expensive to ship. They are also at greater risk of damage. Moving and shipping boxes are designed to hold a limited weight, so they may break if they get overstuffed.
    • Insurance. Boxes you packed yourself can’t be insured for much, and typically there’s a limit on the claim amount. If you’re shipping antique, fragile or valuable items, consider using a shipping company that allows you to purchase insurance, such as USPS, FedEx or UPS.
    • Great Packing. Choose a box with extra space that can accommodate packing materials (paper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts). Pack it tight so there’s less space for the items to move and break. Double wrap any fragile items. Tape all the holes, lids and corners.
    • Proper labeling. Legible, visible and securely taped and placed on the right side of the box label will go a long way in ensuring that your belongings are being transported safely. When needed, include clear additional instructions such as “This side up” or “Fragile.”

    Best way to ship boxes when moving

    When moving house, it’s a good idea to look at various options to ship boxes to pick the most convenient method for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to shipping boxes when moving. It really depends on how many boxes you’re shipping, their size and weight, content (valuable or not), the carrier you choose, the distance (within the state, across state lines, cross country). Under specific circumstances, shipping boxes may or may not even be the best way for you to ship boxes across multiple states.

    How to fly with your boxes

    The majority of the U.S. airlines allow cardboard boxes as part of your checked baggage allowance on domestic and (some) international flights. It works just like with your suitcases or any other type of luggage. As long as that particular airline’s checked baggage guidelines are followed, you’re allowed to travel with your cardboard boxes.

    This means that there are weight and size restrictions and you’ll have to pay an additional fee if those are exceeded. For cardboard boxes, the maximum size is typically 62 linear inches, which is the total sum of the height, width and length of the box. As for the weight, it usually must not exceed 50 lbs.

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    Each airline will have its own maximum size and weight requirements for luggage allowances, including boxes, however. So it’s best to check the guidelines on the airline’s website or by calling customer service.

    With checked luggage fees going up, flying with your boxes is not the most cost-effective method of shipping your boxes. Boxes also don’t have wheels or padding, so they’re tougher to transport and can fall apart in transit, especially if there is rain or snow during the loading and unloading of the plane. They’re also not the best option for shipping fragile items.

    You can also travel with your cardboard box as a carry-on, as long as it’s small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or the overhead bin.

    Shipping moving boxes FAQs

    How much does it cost to ship boxes to another state?

    It varies depending on the company and whether you’re dropping them off yourself or require a pickup and delivery. With USPS Retail Ground shipping service, prices start at $8.50. To ship one box with Greyhound Shipping Express will cost about $44 if you drop it off and pick it up yourself. The door-to-door delivery fee, however, jumps to $168.

    What is the best way to ship boxes to another state?

    It depends on what and how much you are shipping. If by the best you mean the most economical, then go with USPS or Busfreighter. One of Busfreighter’s specialties is shipping across state lines. You can also get online quotes from moving container companies like Pods or U-Pack. For valuable and/or fragile items, you need a company that has experience in this kind of shipment, like UShip.

    What can I ship in a box?

    Anything as long as it’s not food, liquid or hazardous materials. Corrugated boxes work best for the kitchen, wardrobe boxes for the bedroom, plastic bins for the bedroom, and bankers for the office. Large boxes are great for lighter and bulkier items like clothing while smaller boxes are good for heavier items like books and small appliances.

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    Can I ship previously used boxes?

    Yes, but they should be undamaged, sturdy, dry, and insect-free. And, for example, UPS and USPS don’t allow boxes that previously contained alcohol, so check with the company you’re using to ship your boxes directly. Reinforce all flaps with packing tape and blackout all old address labels and logos.

    How can I ensure that my shipped items get to their destination?

    Many companies will provide tracking. You can also get a P.O. Box and send it there, or to a neighbor you know and trust. Another way to get protection is to get extra insurance.

    What is the largest size of the box you can ship with USPS?

    No more than 108 inches in length and girth combined.

    Does the box have to be brown?

    Not necessarily, though most boxes you see are brown. Just don’t wrap boxes in brown paper as it can tear in transit. And don’t use any boxes that previously contained alcohol unless the company you’re shipping with allows it.

    How do I make a box stronger for shipping?

    You can reinforce any flaps and gaps with good packing tape, use a cardboard insert, tape over all edges, or even double-box it.

    Ready to pack up your stuff for the move?

    Nobody wants to spend a ton when they just need to ship a few boxes. Not sure how many boxes you’ll need to move? Use Moving.com’s shipping and packing calculator to figure it out. Need supplies? Buymoving boxes and packing suppliesdirectly through Moving.com.

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    FAQs

    What is the cheapest way to send a 50 lb package? ›

    With delivery in 1-3 business days, USPS Priority Mail Flat rate shipping is typically the cheapest way to ship a 50 lb box.

    How much does it cost to ship a 30 pound box? ›

    Conclusion
    29 lbs$48,042-4 business days
    30 lbs$49,282-4 business days
    31 lbs$50,982-4 business days
    32 lbs$52,502-4 business days
    33 lbs$53,872-4 business days
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    What is the cheapest method to ship a package? ›

    For larger packages, USPS Priority Mail is also the most affordable, with prices starting at $8.70 for 1-3 day delivery. First Class only covers packages up to 13 oz. USPS' Flat Rate boxes are the best value for money, as you can ship items up to 70 lbs for a relatively low flat rate.

    Can you use a moving box to ship? ›

    Yes, you can ship used boxes, but it is not always recommended. Used boxes may work well for less valuable or more durable items, but you should always use new boxes for new or delicate belongings or if you're a retailer shipping items to a customer.

    Does USPS charge by weight or size? ›

    For First-Class Mail, shape and weight will determine the price. For Priority Mail, the price is a combination of weight, size, and how far the mailpiece is traveling. Priority Mail pieces that exceed one cubic foot, are subject to "dimensional weight pricing".

    Is it cheaper to ship a heavy box with UPS or USPS? ›

    Generally, UPS works out cheaper for shipping large items, while USPS is cheaper for sending small items. If you're looking for a price for ground shipping in the US and your parcel is no more than 66lbs, USPS Parcel Select will be a slightly cheaper option than UPS Ground, however, the transit time is a bit longer.

    What is the cheapest shipping method for large boxes? ›

    One of the cheapest ways to send large packages is through freight shipping services. But it's also a good idea to check and compare prices with USPS, FedEx, and DHL. You may get a lower price depending on the weight and class of your products.

    What is the cheapest way to ship 20 lb box? ›

    If you're shipping a package up to 20 pounds and within a certain volume range (1728 cubic inches), USPS Priority mail is your best option. If your package exceeds these specifications, carriers like FedEx or UPS will most likely be a cheaper option.

    What is the cheapest way to ship a 100 pound package? ›

    Cheapest ways to ship heavy boxes

    FedEx Ground also has commercial discounts with a 70-pound weight limit. For even heavier items, try UPS Ground. The service accepts packages that weigh up to 150 pounds. For very large and heavy items such as furniture, FedEx Freight might save you money on shipping.

    What is the cheapest way to ship a 30 pound box? ›

    UPS and FedEx both offer flat rate shipping for boxes up to 50lbs, often at cheaper rates than variable pricing. UPS flat rate shipping, called UPS Simple Rate, offers delivery as fast as second-day air transport.

    Is it cheaper to ship multiple boxes or one big box? ›

    In general, though, the fewer the boxes, the better. Up until this year, FedEx and UPS used to put a surcharge on extra large boxes. Now, they charge based on the dimensions no matter how big or how small. So, I'd say it would be cheaper to ship in 1 24x24x24 box versus 2 12x12x12 boxes.

    How big of a box Can I ship USPS? ›

    Packages must not weigh more than 70 lbs. In most cases, packages may not be more than 108 inches in total length and girth (130 inches for USPS Retail Ground®). Size & Weight Requirements - Packages.

    What is the difference between shipping and moving boxes? ›

    Shipping boxes are used for sending parcels by postal or courier service. Moving boxes are used for transporting personal belongings during a local or international relocation.

    How do I get free moving boxes from USPS? ›

    How Can I Get Free USPS Boxes? You can order free boxes and envelopes online at the USPS store. The Postal Service will even deliver the supplies to your door for free. Most boxes will typically come in packs of 10 or 25, so keep that in mind as you complete your order.

    Is FedEx or UPS cheaper by weight? ›

    If you need faster delivery, parcel shipping is the cheapest option. UPS is typically slightly cheaper than FedEx. TSI TIP: When you're shipping large, light packages, ask whether your cargo will be priced using dimensional weight. Every shipper prices dimensional weight differently.

    Is UPS ground shipping the cheapest? ›

    It offers generous size and weight limits and is particularly cost-effective for shipping large and heavy items. If you're sending a large box from one state to another, UPS Ground is likely to be your cheapest option.

    What is cheaper UPS or USPS? ›

    UPS is often more expensive than USPS due to fees and surcharges, especially when it comes to shipping smaller packages. Generally, USPS offers much better rates when shipping smaller packages of less than two pounds. UPS typically is a better choice when shipping larger, heavier packages by offering superior value.

    How much does it cost to ship a 10 pound box USPS? ›

    $9.65 $11.04

    Which is cheaper USPS or UPS or FedEx? ›

    Which is cheaper: UPS, USPS, or FedEx? Out of the three major carriers, USPS is typically the cheapest option. After that, UPS comes in at a close second, and FedEx ranks as the most expensive (yet arguably most reliable) carrier.

    Does box size affect shipping cost? ›

    While the Additional Handling surcharge can be applied for many reasons, shippers often don't realize that dimensions can trigger it too. Carriers charge $15 extra for packages that require extra handling based on their dimensions.

    Which is cheaper for large boxes FedEx or UPS? ›

    Between FedEx and UPS, FedEx will be cheaper than UPS out of the box because they provide you with an instant 15% off all shipments just for creating an online account(Note: The level of discount will vary but there's always a discount program).

    How much does it cost to ship a 10 pound box UPS? ›

    For 10 lbs

    When transporting a 10-pound package through UPS Ground, the shipping price will be about $40. However, the price may vary with the shipping location. Additionally, the delivery time of this service is up to six business days. Use the shipping calculator for the best delivery prices.

    How can I ship heavy things cheaply? ›

    The cheapest way to ship heavy items is by consolidated freight, but it's important to compare USPS, FedEx, and DHL according to how heavy your product is and what type of product you are shipping. Prices are summarized when provided, but if no prices are listed, you'll need to contact them directly to get a quote.

    How can I save money on shipping packages? ›

    How can I reduce my shipping cost?
    1. Reduce the weight of packages.
    2. Choose the right-sized packaging.
    3. Use flat-rate shipping when possible.
    4. Use Shopify Shipping to cut carrier costs.
    5. Know when rates change.
    6. Offer local delivery or pickup.
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    Which is cheapest to ship boxes? ›

    For single boxes, USPS is often the cheapest option. For large light boxes, USPS Priority Mail will be the cheapest. For heavy large boxes or shipments of multiple boxes, consolidated freight is one of the most cost-effective shipping methods.

    Is shipping cheaper if I use my own box? ›

    Otherwise, Priority Mail® is just the name of the service class, and you can use any box or packaging that you'd like... and for most cases, it's actually cheaper to use your own packaging instead of a Flat Rate service. Use our postage rate calculator to find your most cost effective options.

    Is it cheaper to use my own box or USPS box? ›

    Cut on shipping costs

    With medium and large flat rate boxes offered by the USPS for free, it's a great, cost-cutting option. But be warned: Even though you get these boxes for free, you may end up paying $10 more than when you use your own box and ship with a different USPS service that offers better rates.

    Can you ship any size box with UPS? ›

    There are no limits to the total weight of your shipment or the total number of packages in your shipment. Packages can be up to 150 pounds. Packages can be up to 165 inches in length and girth combined. Packages can be up to 108 inches in length.

    What is the largest box USPS will accept? ›

    The maximum size for most mailpieces is 108 inches in combined length and girth. USPS Retail Ground pieces may measure up to 130 inches in combined length and girth (but will be charged oversized prices). Regardless of the size of the mailpiece, the maximum mailable weight of any mailpiece is 70 pounds.

    What kind of boxes can you ship USPS? ›

    The Box. Choose a box with enough room for cushioning material around the contents. Sturdy paperboard or corrugated fiberboard boxes are best for weights up to 10 pounds. If you are reusing a box, totally remove or obliterate all previous labels and markings with heavy black marker.

    Why is shipping a box so expensive? ›

    It's no secret that shipping and handling isn't cheap. Between gas prices, airplane fuel, limited cargo space, and the complexities of last mile delivery and route planning, shipping carriers are forced to get a lot of work done with limited resources.

    Are boxes or mailers cheaper to ship? ›

    The disadvantages of boxes include that they: Typically cost more than padded mailers. Cartons tend to be more expensive. Typically cost more to ship than padded mailers.

    Which boxes are best for shipping? ›

    Corrugated cardboard makes the best material for shipping boxes. Boxes made of corrugated cardboard are sturdy enough to ensure the safe packaging and shipping of fragile items.

    How can I ship boxes for free? ›

    The US Postal Service (USPS) offers the greatest variety of free shipping boxes and free shipping supplies. Everything from Priority Mail Express Boxes to padded Flat Rate Envelopes is available – all free. You can even get shoeboxes, military care boxes, and DVD boxes for free.

    Does UPS provide shipping boxes for free? ›

    UPS packaging is provided free of charge to UPS account holders for selected air and UPS Worldwide Express® services. Other packaging supplies are sold at The UPS Store® and UPS Customer Centre locations.

    Does FedEx give free boxes? ›

    FedEx Packaging. Packaging is vital to the swift delivery of your shipment. We have therefore developed our own range of ready-to-use, self-sealing packaging in a choice of shapes and sizes. And they are all available free of charge when you give your shipments to FedEx*.

    Which is cheaper for heavy packages UPS or USPS? ›

    Generally, UPS works out cheaper for shipping large items, while USPS is cheaper for sending small items. If you're looking for a price for ground shipping in the US and your parcel is no more than 66lbs, USPS Parcel Select will be a slightly cheaper option than UPS Ground, however, the transit time is a bit longer.

    Who has the cheapest shipping rates for heavy packages? ›

    While FedEx and UPS Ground services offer similar delivery times, USPS typically offers the lowest rates. If a package weighs over 7 lbs or so, though, UPS and FedEx start offering more competitive rates.

    Where can I ship a 50 lb package? ›

    Parcel shipping (UPS or FedEx)

    UPS and FedEx both offer flat rate and variable pricing options. Both carriers can transport packages up to 50 lbs regardless of box size—that means you'll pay the same flat rate for a large, light package as you'll pay for the same sized package weighing 50 lbs.

    Is UPS or USPS cheaper For lb package? ›

    Generally, USPS offers much better rates when shipping smaller packages of less than two pounds. UPS typically is a better choice when shipping larger, heavier packages by offering superior value.

    How can I ship heavy things cheaply? ›

    The cheapest way to ship heavy items is by consolidated freight, but it's important to compare USPS, FedEx, and DHL according to how heavy your product is and what type of product you are shipping. Prices are summarized when provided, but if no prices are listed, you'll need to contact them directly to get a quote.

    What is the cheapest way to ship a 30 pound box? ›

    UPS and FedEx both offer flat rate shipping for boxes up to 50lbs, often at cheaper rates than variable pricing. UPS flat rate shipping, called UPS Simple Rate, offers delivery as fast as second-day air transport.

    What is the cheapest way to ship a 20 lb package? ›

    If you're shipping a package up to 20 pounds and within a certain volume range (1728 cubic inches), USPS Priority mail is your best option. If your package exceeds these specifications, carriers like FedEx or UPS will most likely be a cheaper option.

    What is the cheapest way to send a large heavy box? ›

    For even heavier items, try UPS Ground. The service accepts packages that weigh up to 150 pounds. For very large and heavy items such as furniture, FedEx Freight might save you money on shipping. Heavy products need to ship in stronger cardboard boxes to stay secure in transit.

    Is it cheaper to ship multiple boxes or one big box? ›

    If possible, it's often better to ship two smaller boxes rather than one large, heavy box. This will spread the weight of your cargo over two smaller parcels, which can significantly reduce your shipping costs especially if the large box would qualify for large or oversized pricing.

    Does UPS charge extra for packages over 50 lbs? ›

    UPS service centers must treat the box differently than the rest.
    ...
    2020 UPS Additional Handling Charges.
    2020 Domestic Cost2021 Domestic Cost *(Pre April 2021)
    Weight – actual weight of 50 pounds or more$ 24.00$25.50
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    Does UPS charge by weight or size of box? ›

    Compare the package's actual weight to its dimensional weight. The greater of the two is the billable weight and should be used to calculate the rate. For multiple-package shipments, total the billable weight of all packages in the shipment.

    Which is cheaper UPS or USPS or FedEx? ›

    Which is cheaper: UPS, USPS, or FedEx? Out of the three major carriers, USPS is typically the cheapest option. After that, UPS comes in at a close second, and FedEx ranks as the most expensive (yet arguably most reliable) carrier.

    What is the cost per pound on shipping with USPS? ›

    How much does USPS shipping cost per pound? USPS packages cost about $2.74 if less than one pound; if one pound or more, most packages start at $7. USPS rates for packages heavier than one pound typically increase by 10 to 25 cents for each pound added.

    Is it cheaper to use a flat rate box or your own box USPS? ›

    As we mentioned above, combining your own custom packaging with the right USPS service is often more cost-effective than using flat-rate boxes. One such option is taking advantage of cubic pricing. Priority Mail cubic pricing is a more efficient USPS service for shipping small packages that weigh up to 20 pounds.

    How much does it cost to ship 10 pounds USPS? ›

    $9.65 $11.04

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