If providing speedy deliveries to your customers is high up on your priorities list, then shipping with USPS Priority Mail Express may be the right service level option for you. Priority Mail Express is the Postal Service’s fastest shipping solution, and provides the ease and reliability you’ve come to expect from the carrier.
What is the USPS Priority Mail Express Service Level?
USPS Priority Mail Express is an expedited shipping service, offering overnight or 2-day delivery for packages weighing up to 70 pounds (with a max combined length and girth of 108 inches). Overnight deliveries can typically be counted on to arrive by 10:30 am the next day, and Sunday and holiday delivery options are available in many larger cities (though generally these do come with an extra fee).
Because of its quick shipping times, this service does tend to cost more than other USPS Priority Mail services.
Shippo’s discounted rates for USPS Priority Mail Express start at:
- $22.75 for a Flat Rate Envelope
- $22.95 for a Legal Flat Rate Envelope
- $23.25 for a Padded Flat Rate Envelope
Shippo’s discounted rates for USPS Weight-Based start at $22.75.
In terms of packaging, you have two options:
- If your package fits into one of the three Flat Rate Envelopes mentioned above, you can get Flat Rate packaging at a Post Office or online for free.
However, you aren’t required to use USPS packaging materials when shipping via Priority Mail Express:
- If your shipment doesn’t fit in one of the above mentioned Flat Rate Envelopes, you are able to use your own packaging. This is also a great option if you prefer to incorporate custom branding into your boxes or envelopes.
The Key Benefits of USPS Priority Mail Express
Generally speaking, the main reason you’d want to use this service over other Priority Mail solutions is, well, its speed!
But beyond expedited delivery, there are several other reasons why Priority Mail Express has become such a popular choice for e-commerce business owners:
- It comes with a money-back guarantee
- Free pickup is available from your home or business
- The rates include USPS tracking
- It comes with $100 worth of insurance for most packages
- A proof of delivery signature record can be included (as long as you request one when purchasing the service)
Who Should Use USPS Priority Mail Express?
USPS Priority Mail Express is a good choice if you’re shipping packages that need to reach their destination within two days, max. For example, it’s a great option for e-commerce merchants who offer expedited shipping at checkout.
If shipping speed isn’t as crucial for your business, however, you might want to consider other USPS Priority Mail service levels that tend to be cheaper. Pricing for shipping a small, Priority Mail Flat Rate box, for example, starts at just $7.90 with Shippo’s discounted rates.
Instantly Estimate Your USPS Shipping Costs
If you don’t have a ton of extra time to spend crunching all the numbers yourself, Shippo makes it incredibly easy to get visibility into up-to-the-minute Priority Mail Express pricing with our USPS Shipping Calculator.
You simply need to enter your shipping location, package destination, and package type, dimensions, and weight. From there, the calculator will work its magic to let you know exactly how much you can expect to pay by shipping via different service levels.
Always Access the Lowest Prices with Shippo
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective shipping options, with prices up to 90 percent off, Shippo can help. Because we partner with more than 50 worldwide carriers — USPS included — we’re able to pass on lower rates to our customers than they’d be able to negotiate on their own.
And that’s just our pricing advantages.
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You can also take advantage of robust tracking features that let you share up-to-date package status info with your customers, and customize your shipping notifications to provide a smooth, streamlined customer experience that highlights your branding.
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