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Are USPS regional rate boxes the same as Flat Rate?

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United States Postal Service regional-rate boxes differ from standard flat-rate boxes in one major way. The costs for regional-rate boxes depend on the size of the box and the shipping zone, rather than having a single flat rate, regardless of zone or contents.

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Flat rate boxes offer a single shipping cost, regardless of the shipping zone, so long as the contents fit within the box, without bulging, and weigh less than 70 pounds. Prices for regional-rate boxes, on the other hand, are based not only on where the boxes are being shipped, but also the size and weight of the box.

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