What is USPS Ground Advantage and What are the Benefits of this New Service?

The Postal Service is consolidating its current services—USPS Retail Ground, Parcel Select Ground, and First-Class Package Service—into one service called USPS Ground Advantage. This is part of an initiative to improve package offerings by increasing reliability, lowering prices, and simplifying services.  

TL;DR on USPS’ Ground Advantage  

  • Effective July 9, 2023 
  • Domestic shipments only, not international 
  • Transit time: 2-5 days 
  • Weight Range: 1 oz – 70 lbs 
  • Retail rates will be reduced on average 3.2%, and commercial rates will decrease by 0.7%. 

What is USPS Ground Advantage?  

Ground Advantage is a new USPS service that will feature two-to five- day service standards for packages up to 70 pounds.  

The Postal Service is incorporating three services—USPS Retail Ground, Parcel Select Ground, and First-Class Package Service—into this new Ground Advantage service.  

See the full press release on this new offering from USPS.  

What are the USPS Ground Advantage Costs? 

Pricing will be tiered—under a pound, at 4 oz. increment levels (4 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz., and 15.999 oz.), and over a pound, at 1 lb. increment levels, up to 70 lbs. 

The new service brings a drop in published prices, 1.4% lower than the current prices of both Parcel Select Ground and First-Class Package Service.

USPS Ground Advantage retail rates will decrease 3.2%, and commercial rates will decrease 0.7%.

See the full USPS pricing table here 

How Ground Advantage Will Affect Ecommerce Shippers 

There are some clear benefits to the new Ground Advantage service. They include:  

  • More flexibility. First Class mail was categorized as an AIR service, which meant no Dangerous Goods could be shipped via First Class. Now that USPS Ground Advantage is a Ground service, customers will have more flexibility, including the ability to ship Dangerous Goods with this new service.  
  • Same free returns. Returns (both undeliverable and refused) will still be able to come back free of charge.  
  • Insurance coverage. USPS is considering adding free $100 insurance coverage for the new Ground Advantage service. This is still to be determined.  


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