What Are Usps Shipping Zones In 2022? (Your Full Guide)
It is amazing that the United States Postal Service covers every square mile in the United States. You can have your mail delivered to your home address.
You won’t be charged the exact same amount to ship to another state or town. The USPS shipping zones are the reason.
What will the USPS shipping zones be in 2022?
United States Postal Service’s Shipping Zone System is an extremely individual method for determining postage costs and shipping times. The zones range from 1 to 9 based on zip codes. 1 is the nearest and 9 the farthest.
How do USPS Zones work?
Your maps might look completely different if you looked at the United States postal areas map with your friend from another city.
Because the USPS shipping areas are divided into nine regions but are individualized based on zip codes of origin,
ShippingSchool.com does a good breakdown of what the different zones mean:
Zone 9 : Freely Associated States and U.S. territorial, Guam, Puerto Rico etc.
The general rule is that the further away from the zone to which you are shipping, the more expensive it will be.
This shows how shipping to California would be cheaper for an Arizonan than for someone from Georgia.
Once you are familiar with your postal code and the address where your mailpiece arrives, you can access USPS.com’s Price Page.
Mail does not have to be shipped from the shipping zone. First-Class, USPS Marketing, Library, and Media mail ship at the same cost regardless of where it is going.
Priority Mail, Priority Express and USPS Retail Ground are some of the zoned services.
Take, for example, the price breakdown of Priority Mail.
A parcel that only weighs one pound will ship locally, and within Zones 1 and 2, for the starting rate of $7.95.
If someone was born in Pittsburgh, they would use the ZIP code 15213. This is where you will find most of the University of Pittsburgh campus located in Oakland.
They could send a 1-lb. parcel within the 15213 zip code, as well as to part of West Virginia, most of Western PA, and well into Ohio for that $7.95.
Also, these are the fastest shipping options. With Priority delivery, roughly half of this area may receive their order within one working day.
Any recipient in other areas of Zone 1 (or 2) would receive the parcel within two business days.
Priority Mail is available to all residents of Zone 1 or 2 in the local area. This assumes there have been no delays.
I found this really helpful Zone Map from PirateShip.com, which I used in conjunction with the USPS.com Priority Mail Delivery Map.
You can also use the USPS.com Domestic Zone Map as well.
How is USPS shipping zone calculation calculated?
Although I cannot speak for the USPS on how they decided upon distances between each zone, it is calculated using radiuses from each local zip code.
You can clearly see that the areas are not drawn in perfect circles. They’re close approximates, following the distance rules.
You can find the breakdown of zones by distance here.
It is interesting to me that the shipping zone system includes zip codes in middle of country. This could be 67460 for McPherson County (Kansas).
Due to their central location, there are very few Zone 7 area – none other than Maine and a handful in the Pacific Northwest.
The vast majority of the shipping cost for these residents would be covered by Zone 6 or lower.
What Does the USPS Zone Difference Mean for Shipping Costs?
The distance that a mailpiece must travel from California, D.C. to Washington, D.C. is much greater than that of a letter from California, Texas. Therefore, USPS has increased the cost for some services.
Zoned services include: Priority Mail, Priority Express, USPS Retail Ground, and Bound Printed Matter.
Also included: First-Class Package, for parcels 13 ounces and fewer.
In essence, these zoned services cost more for mail pieces that travel further.
Some services have a steeper price increase than others.
For example, a 1-oz. Parcels start at $4.30, Zones 1 & 2, while Zone 9 is $4.75.
The cost of a half-pound mailer starts at $23 in Local or Zone 1 and 2. It then rises to $46.90 Zone 9.
Check out our pricing page for Priority Mail packages starting at 70 lbs. The maximum weight. Local + Zone 1 and 2 shipping start at $166.15.
You might be wondering why the Postal Service charges so much for some services and uses this zoned approach to do it.
USPS operates independently of taxpayer funding. Instead, the Postal Service operates solely based on its sales.
Yes. It is an U.S. government agency but it’s still an independent agency with greater self-regulatory powers than any fully funded agencies.
It doesn’t matter if the shipping cost is higher. The goal is to be functional as long as possible. Unfortunately, this becomes increasingly difficult each quarter.
Where can you find the USPS Postal Zone where you live?
You can find your local zone, as well as all the other zones relative to your specific location by using the USPS.com Domestic Zone Calculator.
Visual learners will love this PirateShip.com chart. This map gives you a colour-coded guide through each zone.
You should remember that zones do not have a fixed location for every zip code. They are created dynamically based on the zip code.
What Are USPS International Zones?
You can use USPS international areas to calculate the price of mail sent abroad.
They are actually called Price Groups in the US by USPS. But you can still think of them like domestic zones.
One big difference, though, is that the international price group a country is in can vary based on the shipping service.
Croatia, for example is included in Price Group 4 when you mail via Global Express Guaranteed. Group 3 if your mailing Priority Express International.
Next, it goes in Group 8 to Priority Flat Rate International.
Most of the nations in the world can be described as such, they all fall into the same groupings and have different pricing points depending on how the shipping company is handled.
For example, you could ship 5 lb. of food to Croatia. Global Express Guaranteed will cost $243.40 for a package of 5 lb.
Priority Express International costs $97.50.
Priority Flat-Rate International places Croatia in Group 8. Items weighing between 4.1 and 20 lbs are eligible for the Medium Flat-Rate boxes. It would be $85.
USPS International Groups have a consistency that transcends domestic zones. This means you can use the USPS International Groups regardless of where your location is in the U.S.
You can read more information about shipping by visiting our posts related to whether USPS ships directly to Puerto Rico or Canada.
USPS shipping areas are specific to every zip code in the U.S. with each zone representing a different distance from their starting point.
The further away the zones are, the more it costs to ship with Priority Mail, Priority Express, or Priority Express.
.What Are Usps Shipping Zones In 2022? (Your Full Guide)