Best shipping rates for print-on-demand services

Shipping costs are the #1 reason for shopping cart abandonment. Don’t lose customers and choose a partner with the best industry rates.

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Part 1
Fulfillment

It takes 2–7 business days to create a product and fulfill an order

Part 2
Shipping

Shipping time depends on product availability and delivery destination

Part 3
Delivery

Once an order is fulfilled and shipped, it’s delivered to the end address

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How to set up shipping on your online store

1. Get Printful shipping rates for all products and regions

To set up a profitable pricing strategy when using on-demand services, there are two prices to take into account—product and shipping. Both will get charged for each order your customers make.

The shipping categories below contain products that have similar dimensions, weight, and packaging. In some cases, like for Bags, Mugs, and Posters, subcategories provide more exact rates.

Our fixed Standard shipping rates are calculated based on the average shipping cost for each product category. The previous table gives shipping rates and estimated times for your selling region, and here you can see all categories and shipping regions at once.

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2. Set shipping rates that fit your pricing strategy

For every order you get, Printful charges you for shipping. Shipping costs depend on the amount and type of products in each order.

You set up your own shipping rates for customers on your storefront. Lower shipping costs help you become competitive in the market and avoid cart abandonment. You can increase the price of your products to cover shipping costs and offer your customers free shipping or set up Printful’s rates as they are among the best in the industry. Read more about developing your shipping pricing strategy.

Got a shipping calculation question? Keep reading!

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To get the shipping cost for an order with one product, go to the selling region table or the shipping rates overview and find the category with your desired product. Take a look at the Single product column—that’s the total shipping cost.

Example: The cost of shipping one t-shirt to the USA is $3.99.

Items that are grouped together under one shipping category have the same shipping rates. For example, sweatshirts and sweatpants are in one category, and keychains and pet tags are in another. Please note that some categories, like Bags, are separated into subcategories with different shipping rates.

To calculate the shipping cost for an order with two or more products from the same category, go to the shipping rates overview and find the category with your products.

Take a look at the Single product column—that’s the shipping cost for an order containing only one product. Then look at the Additional product column and add that price to the one in the Single product column. That’s it!

Example:

  1. You get an order for a sweatshirt and a pair of sweatpants going to Australia.
  2. Check the Single product column; it’s $10.99 to ship the sweatshirt to Australia.
  3. Check the Additional product column; it’s an extra $2.00 to ship the sweatpants.
  4. Add the two together, and the total cost for shipping to Australia is $12.99.

Products that are not grouped together under a category count as different products in terms of shipping rates. For example, hoodies and all-over print leggings, or tote bags and backpacks are in separate categories with different pricing.

To calculate the shipping cost for an order with products from different categories, go to the shipping rates overview and find the categories with your products. See which of your products has the highest shipping cost in the Single product column, and use that as a base. Then, to cover the second product, add that product category’s Additional product price. That’s it!

Example:

  1. You get an order for a hoodie and an apron going to the USA.
  2. Check the categories for the products. The hoodie is in the Hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, and pants category, and the apron is the Embroidered aprons and socks subcategory of the Aprons, towels, and socks category.
  3. Check which product category has the higher Single product price. It’s $6.50 for the hoodie and $3.99 for the apron, so here the hoodie will be your base price.
  4. Check the Additional product column from the Embroidered aprons and socks subcategory; it’s $1.25 for the USA.
  5. Add the Single product price for the hoodie and the Additional product price for the apron together. The total shipping cost is $7.75 for the USA.

These products ship separately from others due to packaging differences:

  • snapback hats, trucker hats, dad hats/baseball caps, and visors
  • backpacks
  • jewelry
  • mugs
  • stickers
  • pillows with stuffing
  • posters
  • framed posters
  • canvas
  • bean bag cases
  • keychains and pet tags
  • water bottles
  • notebooks

To calculate the shipping cost for an order that contains two or more products from this list that are in the same category, like three mugs or a keychain and a pet tag, you can refer to the question: How do I calculate shipping costs for additional products from the same category?

To calculate the shipping cost for orders with products that ship separately and are in different product categories, add the shipping prices from the Single product column of both products’ categories.

To ensure you don’t lose profit on shipping, if you sell Printful products that require separate shipping, we advise you to set your rates for these products using the prices in the Single product column only.

Example:

  1. You get an order for a 12″ × 12″ canvas and an enamel mug going to Europe.
  2. Find the category for the 12″ × 12″ canvas. It’s under Canvas in the first subcategory. Check the Single product shipping price; it’s $6.60 for Europe.
  3. Find the category for the enamel mug. It’s under Mugs in the Enamel mugs subcategory. Check the Single product shipping price; it’s $4.39 for Europe.
  4. Add the Single product prices for both items together, and the total shipping cost is $10.99.

By default, we use Standard shipping rates for warehouse products. The Standard shipping method is available for all integrations and you can calculate its rates with our shipping rate calculator. Here’s how you do it:

  1. If you already have an account with us, head to the shipping rate calculator in your Printful Dashboard and get the costs for the products you sell.
  2. If you don’t have an account with us, then use the warehouse item shipping rate calculator from our Warehouse & Fulfillment page to estimate the shipping costs for the items you plan to sell with us.

Express shipping is only available for manual orders and ecommerce platforms that support live rates, which are calculated by carriers in real time. If your integration supports live rates, you can set those up for your warehoused products, too! Just follow the setup directions on your ecommerce platform.

3. Set up shipping on your store

Setting up shipping is different for each integration, so choose the platform you use and follow the instructions

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Low shipping fee!

I switched over to Prinftul because I wanted higher quality art prints for my small art business. The quick shipping and low shipping fee was definitely a plus, and the prints I ordered were securely and safely packaged. Usually, I order from another company but their paper+image quality was just not cutting it. I was very impressed with the high-quality prints from Printful and will definitely be ordering more!
I switched over to Prinftul because I wanted higher quality art prints for my small art business. The quick shipping and low shipping fee was definitely a plus, and the prints I ordered were securely and safely packaged. Usually, I order from another company but their paper+image quality was just not cutting it. I was very impressed with the high-quality prints from Printful and will definitely be ordering more!

Low shipping fee!

I switched over to Prinftul because I wanted higher quality art prints for my small art business. The quick shipping and low shipping fee was definitely a plus, and the prints I ordered were securely and safely packaged. Usually, I order from another company but their paper+image quality was just not cutting it. I was very impressed with the high-quality prints from Printful and will definitely be ordering more!
I switched over to Prinftul because I wanted higher quality art prints for my small art business. The quick shipping and low shipping fee was definitely a plus, and the prints I ordered were securely and safely packaged. Usually, I order from another company but their paper+image quality was just not cutting it. I was very impressed with the high-quality prints from Printful and will definitely be ordering more!

More flexibility!

I switched to Printful because they had better and cheaper shipping options, more flexibility with file sizes, and better print options than competitors. My designs came out wonderful with bright, rich color.
I switched to Printful because they had better and cheaper shipping options, more flexibility with file sizes, and better print options than competitors. My designs came out wonderful with bright, rich color.

More flexibility!

I switched to Printful because they had better and cheaper shipping options, more flexibility with file sizes, and better print options than competitors. My designs came out wonderful with bright, rich color.
I switched to Printful because they had better and cheaper shipping options, more flexibility with file sizes, and better print options than competitors. My designs came out wonderful with bright, rich color.

Good shipping time!

I was previously using one of Printful’s competitors, but I am very happy with the production and shipment time and more affordable shipping on my first Printful order, and look forward to doing much more business with Printful.
I was previously using one of Printful’s competitors, but I am very happy with the production and shipment time and more affordable shipping on my first Printful order, and look forward to doing much more business with Printful.

Good shipping time!

I was previously using one of Printful’s competitors, but I am very happy with the production and shipment time and more affordable shipping on my first Printful order, and look forward to doing much more business with Printful.
I was previously using one of Printful’s competitors, but I am very happy with the production and shipment time and more affordable shipping on my first Printful order, and look forward to doing much more business with Printful.
Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

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Nicola Johnson

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Blake Wood

Blake Wood

Blake Wood Ink

A few more things to note

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Shipping destinations

Printful ships globally, but there are some countries we can’t deliver to due to legal or shipping carrier restrictions.

Customs fees

Depending on your order’s destination and fulfillment location, your customers might have to pay customs fees. The fees vary depending on the order value, country limits, and other factors. Learn more about customs fees.

Live shipping rates

Live rates are calculated by carriers in real-time and displayed during order checkout on your storefront. These rates are determined by the order fulfillment location, shipping destination, shipping method, and carrier pricing. Printful integrations like Shopify, WooCommerce, Ecwid, and Launch Cart support live shipping rates, and you can enable them on your storefront.

Carrier-Based Shipping

With Printful Pro, you can select your preferred shipping carriers for orders shipping within the USA, Europe, and Canada. Read more about Printful Pro and try it for free!

Return address

Your store’s return address is Printful’s by default, but you can change it to your own in some cases. Read more about Printful’s Return Policy and return addresses.

We ship more than 1 million items each month, and partner with carriers like USPS, FedEx, DPD, and DHL to give you and your customers the best possible shipping experience.

Our white-label tracking page combines data from these carriers to make it easier for you and your customers to follow packages. You can brand this page with your logo, social media handles, contact info and links to your store.

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