How to Calculate International Postage Rates

Get an estimate on international postage rates.
Get an estimate on international postage rates. (Image: mailbox on purple door image by Christopher Martin from

Mailing an international package can be costly. That is why it is a smart idea to get several different quotes from various shipping companies before you send your package. While shipping services with one company may cost you a significant amount of money, you might be able to catch a great deal with one of the others. The United States Post Office, UPS and FedEx all have online calculators that offer estimated international shipping prices.

United States Post Office

Visit the USPS "Postage Price Calculator" website (see Resources).

Choose the country to which you want to send your package in the "Select a Destination" drop-down menu.

Select a flat rate service or choose the shape of your package to get an estimate based on weight. If you chose the flat rate service, you will automatically be taken to the postage price calculator where you can view several different prices.

Enter the weight of your letter or package in pounds and ounces. Click on "Continue," and you will be transferred to the postage price calculator where you can review prices for various services.


Visit the UPS "Calculate Time and Cost" website (see Resources)..

Choose the type of quote you want. The choices are: Quick Time and Cost (Package), Quick Time and Cost (Letter), Detailed Time and Cost and Time-In-Transit Only.

Enter the information about your current location and to where you're sending the package then select the shipping date, package weight and number of packages. Enter a dollar amount for customs purposes if applicable.

Fill in the information regarding the package type, weight, dimensions and declared value of the contents. Choose how you are going to get your package to UPS, then press "Next." You will be directed to the "Time and Cost Summary" page where you can view prices for various services.


Visit the FedEx "Rates and Transfer Times" website (see Resources).

Enter the information regarding your current location and the location to which you are sending the package.

Enter the number of packages, weight, pickup/dropoff location and ship date.

Select "Get Quick Quote" to view prices for various services.

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