New UPS Simple Rate Explained

New UPS Simple Rate Explained

UPS Teamsters

At the end of September 2019, UPS announced a new service: UPS Simple Rate. The new program enables shippers to use their own packaging to ship to anywhere in the U.S. for a flat rate. This is a clear attempt at competing with FedEx On Rate and USPS Priority Mail, with the added benefit of shippers being able to use their own boxes up to 1,728 cubic inches.

One of the advantages this offers shippers is the ability to more accurately forecast package delivery cost and avoiding surcharges such as Residential Delivery, Delivery Area, and fuel.

The new service is for packages up to 50 lbs. delivering to anywhere in the US, with slightly modified rates for shipping involving Hawaii and Alaska.

The simplicity of the program is that it offers not only flexible packaging options but 5 simple pricing options based on package size.

In addition, UPS offers 3 shipping speeds to choose from:

  1. UPS 2nd Day Air
  2. UPS 3 Day Select
  3. UPS Ground

However, UPS 3 Day Select is not available for UPS Simple Rate shipments originating in or destined to Alaska and Hawaii.

UPS Simple Rate Size Categories

UPS Simple Rate utilizes 5 size categories based on cubic inches:

Cubic Inches Simple Rate Size
1-100 Extra Small
101-250 Small
251-650 Medium
651-1,050 Large
1,051-1,728 Extra Large

Common Box Dimensions By Simple Rate Size

UPS Simple Rate Size Extra Small Small Medium Large Extra Large
Cubic Range 1-100 101-250 251-650 651-1,050 1,051-1,728
Common Box Dimensions 8 x 6 x 2
6 x 4 x 4
11 x 9 x 1
4 x 4 x 4
8 x 6 x 5
12 x 9 x 2
9 x 7 x 3
6 x 6 x 6
13 x 11 x 2
12 x 9 x 6
13 x 12 x 4
8 x 8 x 8
12 x 12 x 7
15 x 11 x 6
14 x 10 x 7
10 x 10 x 10
16 x 12 x 9
12 x 10 x 9
18 x 12 x 6
12 x 12 x 12

Flat Rate Options for Simple Rate

Between Continguous US States

UPS Simple Rate Size UPS Ground UPS 3 Day Select UPS 2nd Day Air
Extra Small $8.10 $12.95 $15.80
Small 10.25 15.95 18.80
Medium 12.50 21.95 24.20
Large 16.75 29.95 42.85
Extra Large 20.75 37.95 55.85

From Contiguous States to Metro Alaska and Hawaii

UPS Simple Rate Size UPS Ground UPS 2nd Day Air
Extra Small $29.25 $31.25
Small 31.50 33.50
Medium 38.95 40.95
Large 50.50 52.50
Extra Large 61.95 63.95

From Contiguous States to Remote Alaska and Hawaii

UPS Simple Rate Size UPS Ground UPS 2nd Day Air
Extra Small $38.50 $58.25
Small 40.50 62.95
Medium 48.35 70.95
Large 59.00 82.50
Extra Large 71.15 98.50


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