USPS

The United States Postal Service is the independent postal service of United States government, offering domestic and international shipping services by land and air.

Step 1: Open a USPS Shipping Account

Open a USPS Web Tools account. After you complete the registration process, you will receive your User ID and a URL to the USPS test server.

You can also open a USPS Web Tools account. After you complete the registration process, you will receive your User ID and a URL to the USPS test server. To learn more about USPS Web Tools, see their Technical Documentation.

Step 2: Enable USPS for Your Store

  1. On the Admin sidebar, click Stores.

  2. In the Settings section, choose Configuration.

  3. In the Sales section on the left panel, choose Shipping Methods.

  4. Expand the USPS section.

  5. Set Enabled for Checkout to Yes.

  6. The Gateway URL is needed to access USPS shipping rates. The field is preset by default, and normally does not need to be changed.

  7. Enter a Title for this shipping method that will appear during checkout.

  8. Enter the User ID and Password for your USPS account.

  9. Set Mode to one of the following:

    • Development–Runs USPS in a test environment.
    • Live–Runs USPS in a live production environment.

    After running USPS in a development environment, make sure to return later and set Mode to “Live”. USPS Account Settings

Step 3: Complete the Packaging Description

  1. To determine how the order is managed if sent as multiple packages, set Packages Request Type to one of the following:

    • Divide to Equal Weight–(One Request) The shipment of multiple packages can be submitted as one request if the packages are divided by equal weight.
    • Use Origin Weight–(Multiple Requests) Multiple packages must be submitted as separate requests if using origin weight as the basis of calculating the shipping cost.
  2. Set Container to the type of packaging usually used to ship products ordered for your store. Options include:

    • Variable
    • Flat-Rate Box
    • Flat-Rate Envelope
    • Rectangular
    • Non-Rectangular
  3. Set the Size of the typical package shipped from your store. Options include:

    • Regular
    • Large
    • Oversize
  4. Set Machinable to one of the following:

    • Yes–If your typical package can be processed by a machine.
    • No–If your typical package must be processed manually.
  5. Enter the Maximum Package Weight according to carrier requirements.

    USPS Packaging Settings

Step 4: Set Up Handling Fees

  1. Set Calculate Handling Fee to one of the following methods:

    • Fixed
    • Percent
  2. To determine how the handling fee is applied, set Handling Applied to one of the following:

    • Per Order
    • Per Package
  3. Enter the amount of the Handling Fee to be charged. To enter a percentage, use the decimal format. For example, enter 0.25 for 25%.

    USPS Handling Fee

Step 5: Specify Allowed Methods and Applicable Countries

  1. In the Allowed Methods list, choose each USPS shipping method to be available to your customers. The methods appear under USPS during checkout. (Hold the Ctrl key down to select multiple options). Then, do the following:

  2. Set the Free Method list to the method you want to use for free shipping. If you don’t want to offer free shipping through USPS, choose “None”.

  3. In the Free Shipping Amount  Threshold field, enter the minimum amount that qualifies an order for free shipping with USPS.

  4. The Displayed Error Message text box is preset with a default message. You can either leave this message or enter the message that you want to appear if USPS becomes unavailable.

    USPS Allowed Methods*

  5. Set Ship to Applicable Countries to one of the following:

    All Allowed Countries Customers from all countries specified in your store configuration can use this shipping method.
    Specific Countries After choosing this option, the Ship to Specific Countries list appears. Select each country in the list where this shipping method can be used.
  6. Set Show Method if Not Applicable to one of the following:

    • Yes–Lists all available USPS shipping methods during checkout, including those that don’t apply to the shipment.

    • No–Lists only the USPS shipping methods that are applicable to the shipment.

  7. Set Debug to Yes to create a log file with the details of all USPS activity related to your store.

  8. In the Sort Order field, enter a numeric value to determine the order in which USPS shipping method appears in the list with other shipping methods during checkout. The highest value is zero, which puts it at the top of the list.

  9. Click Save Config.

USPS Applicable Countries