Difference Between Packages and Large Packages

I recently had the need to research the difference between USPS packages and large packages as they relate to shipping goods to a buyer.  Here is what I learned.

USPS Size/Weight Requirements

From Stamps.com:

Packages can weigh as much as 70 pounds, size and weight limits for international shipments will vary by country and mail class. For US destinations, the size requirements differ based on the package type that you select as follows:

  • Thick Envelopes: Includes bubble-mailers and other large, padded envelopes and mailers and has the same size restrictions as a flat.
  • Packages: Includes anything up to 84″, when measuring the distance of the longest side, plus twice the width and twice the height. Remember, there may be a dimensional weight surcharge.
  • Large Packages: Includes anything from 84″ – 108″, when measuring the distance of the longest side, plus twice the width and twice the height. The USPS’ balloon rate surcharge may apply, or you may be prompted to enter package dimensions for the dimensional weight surcharge.
  • Oversize Packages: Includes anything greater than 108″, when measuring the distance of the longest side, plus twice the width and twice the height. Most software will add the USPS’ oversize surcharge.

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