Every year around this time the United States Postal Service (USPS) raises their postage rates. This year their rates are increasing on Monday, January 27th. Typically, their increases are marginal and we make little or no changes to our shipping rates and move right along. This year that is again the case for our domestic customers. Sadly, our international customers aren’t so lucky (to the point we felt the need to address it here).
This year the U.S. postal service is raising rates on international shipments 40-50% in many cases. Priority mail flat rate envelopes to Canada are increasing to $19.95 from $12.95 and for all other countries are increasing to $23.95 from $16.95 – yikes!! I know our international customers hate to read that and certainly so do we. Unfortunately, our international USPS shipping rates will be increasing to those levels tomorrow afternoon (for orders that would be shipped Monday).
However, we do have some good news that will hopefully ease some of your pain. We will now be offering USPS first class mail international service for smaller international orders. For orders under $20 to Canada the rate will be $7 and for other countries $11. I know it’s not a big help but we want to offer various shipping options and it seems due time we offer a cheaper alternative.
Please know that we certainly make no money on our shipping rates. We try to charge as close as we can to what we pay, add nothing for any handling or packaging and try to get all orders shipped as fast as possible. We put a lot of pride in our fast shipping and quality packaging and none of that will be changing.
We will be updating our rates shortly after 3 pm CST tomorrow for orders that will ship Monday.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
The FQS Team