How to Compare Shipping Costs for FedEx ,UPS, and USPS

by Ashley Adams-Mott ; Updated September 26, 2017
Shipping costs vary across the three major carriers.

FedEx, UPS, and U.S. Postal Service are the three major package carriers within the United States. There are variations in price across these carriers depending on the services you need, so comparing the shipping costs is a good idea.

Package and Document Shipping Costs

The most basic shipment through FedEx, UPS, or USPS is a package or envelope sent with no need for rush delivery. The easiest way for you to compare shipping costs is to input information for an identical package weight and size into the delivery calculator for each of the carriers. These provide you with an expected delivery time frame, the name of shipping services offered and the estimated price.

Overnight Delivery

All three carriers offer overnight delivery options. To compare the prices, input your package information and check the prices for FedEx Same Day or Priority Overnight, USPS Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope or Express Mail Weight Based and UPS Next Day Air. Each carrier has a daily cut-off time for overnight services.

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International

UPS, FedEx and USPS each offer international shipping options. The shipping calculators at ups.com, FedEx.com and USPS.com provide detailed pricing information and service options that allow you to pick the delivery method and cost best suited to your package and your budget.

About the Author

Ashley Mott has 12 years of small business management experience and a BSBA in accounting from Columbia. She is a full-time government and public safety reporter for Gannett.

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