Global Advantage Program

Explanation of Global Advantage Program (GAP), which applies to international shipments using First Class or Priority services.

The Global Advantage Program (GAP) is an international shipping program through that provides an economical way to ship merchandise internationally.

ShipStation users have access to two types of GAP services:

  • Global Advantage Program Single Label

  • SmartSaver

Global Advantage Program - Single Label

When printing single USPS international labels for First Class or Priority services with your One Balance account, ShipStation automatically prints a GAP label.

GAP benefits include:

  • Up to 65% in savings over the retail USPS Package shipping cost

  • No need to print Customs Declaration forms

  • No need to change your workflow in ShipStation

How it Works

Similar to many international consolidators, you first send your packages via USPS to a domestic sorting facility. There, your international shipments are relabeled for their destination, receive their appropriate customs forms, and are then sent on to their final destination.

This means the label you print will be a domestic label addressed to the Postal Processing facility instead of the final destination.

USPS Global Advantage Program Label example with scannable barcode

If you have a One Balance account, you are automatically enrolled in the Global Advantage Program.


For businesses that ship 5 or more international shipments a week, the Global Advantage Program offers additional savings!

With the SmartSaver service, you consolidate all your individual international parcels into a single, large container. You then send the large container to the sorting facility where the individual shipments will be sorted and sent on to their final destination.

By printing a GAP SmartSaver label with a scan code, the tracking for all included shipments will update when the large package gets scanned.


  • At least a 10% discount on USPS international rates.

See the Global Advantage Program section in our article for instructions on how to print labels for a consolidated shipment.

DDP from US to Canada

If you ship from the US to Canada using First Class Mail International, you will have the option to make it a Delivery Duties Paid, or DDP, shipment. When you select this option, you will be charged any cross border duties or taxes instead of your recipient.

In ShipStation, the option to make a shipment DDP is called Bill Duties and Taxes to payor of shipping charges.

V3 Orders tab Sidebar, Other Shipping Options section, red outline around Bill duties and taxes to payor option

Learn more about this setting in our Bill International Duties to Payor help article.

Here is an example of a GAP label from the US to Canada:


Notes on Global Advantage Program

  • The international tracking number on the GAP label will track the package to the sorting facility and may track the package to the destination country as well, depending on the country.

  • If you receive an error in the Rate field in ShipStation or when you attempt to create a label: You may have a account with a negotiated service agreement.

    If this is the case, your account may not be eligible for the Global Advantage Program. Please contact your representative for further information.

  • To disable GAP, you can email ShipStation Customer Support.

  • For more information about the Global Advantage Program, please review the Global Advantage Program FAQ.