New international rate increases coming September 12

Because of recent changes in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), ShipBob’s international shipping rates went up on July 26, 2020 across all international carriers. While we have been covering these costs ourselves, we will pass these new international shipping rate increases onto you as of September 12, 2020, which will apply to all international plans for ShipBob’s standard ship option. All of these rate increases are a direct passthrough from the carriers.


  • If you do not ship internationally, this update does not apply to you.

  • There are no rate increases for outbound shipments originating from our Canada or Ireland fulfillment centers.

Background on this change

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is the governing body that helps postal services around the globe facilitate the delivery of mail and packages amongst each other. The United States has threatened to leave the UPU if they could not self-declare terminal dues (i.e., shipping rates) for countries that had inbound letters and small parcel volumes in excess of 75,000 metric tons. This new rate increase hails from the US agreement with the UPU that was signed in September 2019. Read more on Supply Chain Dive.

Please see below a list of all countries and their corresponding rate increase percentages by shipment weight.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19, update our Coronavirus page, and send additional emails and in-app notifications as the situation changes. For any questions, please contact your Merchant Success Manager or ShipBob’s Merchant Care team.

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