Set Up ShipEngine Carriers

ShipEngine includes access to USPS and UPS services automatically with your ShipEngine account. However, these services are disabled until you activate them by adding your billing information. Then you can start purchasing labels, comparing rates, and tracking packages.

To set up the billing for ShipEngine Carriers:

  1. Log in to your ShipEngine account.
  2. Go to Connections.
  3. Click Setup under ShipEngine Carriers.

Connections Screen, grayed out tiles

  1. Enter your billing information into the available fields. Be sure to read and checkmark the terms and conditions option!

Set up modal

  1. Click Next.
  2. Click I Agree to agree to the UPS promotional rates and technology agreements.

Using Your ShipEngine Carriers

Once activated, your ShipEngine carrier tiles will display your Carrier IDs. These IDs are unique to your ShipEngine account and are what you'll use througout our API to do things like purchasing labels, comparing rates, and tracking packages.

To get started using your new carriers, check out our Postman collection.

Activated Tiles

ShipEngine Carrier Balance

Your ShipEngine Carrier Balance will display to the right of the ShipEngine Carriers section.

Link to Balance and Set

This balance pays for carrier services, such as:

  • Purchasing shipping labels
  • Carrier-provided insurance

Your ShipEngine Carrier Balance does not apply to non-carrier charges, such as:

  • Third-party insurance
  • API usage charges

Add Funds to your ShipEngine Carrier Balance

On the Connections page of your ShipEngine dashboard:

  1. Click the Add Funds link next to your carrier account.

add funds link under dashboard, connections, carriers

  1. Choose if you want to Purchase additonal funds and enter the funding amount, or . . .

add to balance option: purchase-funds

  1. Choose if you want to Set up auto-funding. then enter the balance amount to trigger the auto-fund purchase, the amount to fund, and the maximum number of times the auto-fund can occur each day.

EXAMPLE If you wanted to purchase $100 by default any time your account balance falls below $250, set the When balance drops below amount to 250 and the Automatically fund by this amount to 100. Then enter in the maximum number of times ShipEngine should automatically purchase postage in a day next to Stop after this many times per day.

Add-to-balance option: set up auto-funding

  1. Click Submit.

PRO TIP

Adding Funds Programmatically

You can also add funds via the API