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2020 Guide to COVID-19 and Peak Season Surcharges and Rate Changes

Many curious eyes are watching as the parcel industry continues to adapt to COVID-19 and prepares to enter this year’s peak holiday season. To help our readers follow along, we’ve collected many of the more notable surcharges and rate changes known to date.

 Cam Elliott

Many curious eyes are watching as the parcel industry continues to adapt to COVID-19 and prepares to enter this year’s peak holiday season. To help our readers follow along, we’ve collected many of the more notable surcharges and rate changes known to date.

COVID-19 Related Surcharges

COVID-19 Surcharges DHL FedEx OnTrac UPS
Peak Oversize Charge
FedEx: Jun. 8, 2020 – Oct. 4, 2020
OnTrac: Aug. 23, 2020 – Oct. 31, 2020
UPS: May 31, 2020 – Oct. 3, 2020
$30 $37.50 $31.45
Peak Residential Delivery
FedEx: Jun. 8, 2020 – Nov. 1, 2020
UPS: May 31, 2020 – Nov. 14, 2020
$0.30 $0.30
SmartPost® / SurePost®
FedEx: Jun. 8, 2020 – Nov. 1, 2020
UPS: May 31, 2020 – Nov. 14, 2020
$0.40 $0.30
UPS Worldwide Surcharges See Next Chart

UPS Worldwide COVID-19 Related Surcharges

COVID-19 Surcharges:
UPS Worldwide Surcharges
China Mainland → U.S. Hong Kong SAR → U.S. AU, NZ, Other Asia Origins → U.S. All Other INT Origins → All Destinations
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®, UPS Worldwide Express®, & UPS Worldwide Saver®
Apr. 12, 2020 – TBD $0.11 / lb.
Jul. 26, 2020 – Aug. 29, 2020 $0.79 / lb. $0.79 / lb.
Aug 12, 2020 – Aug. 29, 2020 $0.11 / lb.
Aug. 30, 2020 – TBD $1.02 / lb. $1.02 / lb. $0.34 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®
Apr. 12, 2020 – TBD $0.11 / lb.
Jul. 26, 2020 – Aug. 29, 2020 $0.75 / lb. $0.75 / lb.
Aug 12, 2020 – Aug. 29, 2020 $0.11 / lb.
Aug. 30, 2020 – TBD $0.98 / lb. $0.98 / lb. $0.29 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®, & UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday
Apr. 12, 2020 – TBD $0.11 / lb.
Jul. 26, 2020 – Aug. 29, 2020 $1.59 / lb. $1.59 / lb.
Aug 12, 2020 – Aug. 29, 2020 $0.34 / lb.
Aug. 30, 2020 – TBD $1.81 / lb. $1.81 / lb. $1.25 / lb.

FedEx Surcharges and Rate Changes

FedEx Surcharges and Rate Changes 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Additional Handling
Dimension $15.00 $13.50 $1.50 11.11%
Weight $24.00 $20.00 $4.00 20%
Packaging $13.00 $12.00 $1.00 8.33%
Address Correction $17.00 $16.00 $1.00 6.25%
Collect On Delivery (COD) $15.50 $14.50 $1.00 6.9%
Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials
General Hazardous Materials $37.00 $35.00 $2.00 5.71%
Dry Ice $5.85 $5.55 $0.30 5.41%
Accessible $105.00 $98.00 $7.00 7.14%
Inaccessible $51.50 $49.00 $2.50 5.1%
Delivery Area Surcharge
Residential – Express/Ground $4.40 $4.20 $0.20 4.76%
Extended Residential – Express/Ground $5.40 $4.65 $0.75 16.13%
Commercial – Express $3.10 $2.85 $0.25 8.77%
Extended Commercial – Express $3.60 $2.85 $0.75 26.32%
Commercial – Ground $2.95 $2.70 $0.75 9.26%
Extended Commercial – Ground $3.45 $2.70 $0.75 27.78%
Home Delivery – Residential $4.00 $3.65 $0.35 9.59%
Email Return Label $1.05 $1.00 $0.05 5%
ExpressTag® $6.10 $5.80 $0.30 5.17%
Ground Unauthorized Pkg Charge $875.00 $675.00 $200.00 29.63%
Large Pkg / Oversize
Express/Ground $100.00 $90.00 $10.00 11.11%
Home Delivery/Residential $120.00 $90.00 $30.00 33.33%
Residential Delivery/Pickup
Express/Ground/International $4.65 $4.40 $0.25 5.68%
Home Delivery $4.00 $3.80 $0.20 5.26%
Residential Pickup Charge $150.00 $140.00 $10.00 7.14%
Signature
Adult Signature $6.35 $6.05 $0.30 4.96%
Direct Signature $5.25 $5.00 $0.25 5%

FedEx Peak Surcharges

FedEx Peak Surcharges 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
SmartPost®
Nov. 2, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020 $1.00
Nov. 30, 2020 – Dec. 6, 2020 $2.00
Dec. 7, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021 $1.00
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Express/Ground/International

Oct. 5, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021
$4.90 $4.10 $0.80 19.51%
Peak Oversize Charge
Express/Ground/International

Oct. 5, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021
$52.50 $37.50 $15.00 40%
Peak Unauthorized Pkg
Ground

Oct. 5, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021
$350.00 $435.00 -$85.00 -19.54%
Peak Residential Delivery Charge/Pkg
Nov. 2, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021
Peaking Factor: >110% – 200% $1 / $2
Ground / Express
Peaking Factor: >200% – 350% $2 / $3
Ground / Express
Peaking Factor: >350% – 500% $3 / $4
Ground / Express
Peaking Factor: >500% $4 / $5
Ground / Express

UPS Surcharges and Rate Changes

UPS Surcharges and Rate Changes 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Additional Handling
Dimension $15.00 $14.25 $0.75 5.26%
Weight $24.00 $23.00 $1.00 4.35%
Packaging $14.25
Address Correction $17.00 $16.40 $0.60 3.66%
Collect On Delivery (COD) $15.50 $14.50 $1.00 6.9%
Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials
General Hazardous Materials $37.00 $35.00 $2.00 5.71%
Dry Ice $5.85 $5.55 $0.30 5.41%
Accessible $105.00 $98.00 $7.00 7.14%
Inaccessible $51.50 $49.00 $2.50 5.1%
Delivery Area Surcharge
Residential – Ground $4.00 $3.80 $0.20 5.26%
Residential – Air $4.40 $4.35 $0.05 1.15%
Extended Residential – Ground $5.40 $4.85 $0.55 11.34%
Extended Residential – Air $5.40 $4.85 $0.55 11.34%
Commercial – Ground $2.95 $2.80 $0.15 5.36%
Commercial – Air $3.10 $2.95 $0.15 5.08%
Extended Commercial – Ground $3.45 $2.80 $0.65 23.21%
Extended Commercial – Air $3.60 $2.95 $0.65 22.03%
Email Return Label $1.05 $1.00 $0.05 5%
Large Pkg / Oversize
Domestic Residential
Length + Girth >130”
$120.00 $115.00 $5.00 4.35%
Domestic Residential
Length >96”
$120.00 $115.00 $5.00 4.35%
Domestic Commercial
Length + Girth >130”
$100.00 $95.00 $5.00 5.26%
Domestic Commercial
Length >96”
$100.00 $95.00 $5.00 5.26%
International
Length + Girth >130”
$100.00 $95.00 $5.00 5.26%
Missing/Invalid Account Number or Refusal Fee $17.00 $16.40 $0.60 3.66%
Over Maximum Limits $875.00 $850.00 $25.00 2.94%
Pickup
Daily On-Route Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$29.00 $27.00 $2.00 7.41%
Daily On-Route Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$14.50 $13.50 $1.00 7.41%
Daily Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$31.00 $29.00 $2.00 6.9%
Daily Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.50 $14.50 $1.00 6.9%
Daily Specific Pickup – 1-2 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$14.45 $13.45 $1.00 7.43%
Daily Specific Pickup – 1-2 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$14.45 $13.45 $1.00 7.43%
Daily Specific Pickup – 3 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$22.30 $20.30 $2.00 9.85%
Daily Specific Pickup – 3 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$14.45 $13.45 $1.00 7.43%
Daily Specific Pickup – 4 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$29.00 $27.00 $2.00 7.41%
Daily Specific Pickup – 4 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$14.50 $13.50 $1.00 7.41%
Smart Pickup® $14.45/wk $13.45/wk $1.00 7.43%
Prohibited Item Fee $150.00
Residential Delivery/Pickup
Ground / Standard $4.10 $3.95 $0.15 3.8%
Domestic / International Air $4.75 $4.55 $0.20 4.4%
Hundredweight $41.85 $40.00 $1.85 4.63%
Worldwide Express Freight $140.00 $130.00 $10.00 7.69%
Signature
Adult Signature $6.35 $6.05 $0.30 4.96%
Direct Signature $5.25 $5.00 $0.25 5%

UPS Peak Surcharges

UPS Peak Surcharges 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/pkg)
Nov. 15, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
110% – 200% of February volume
$1.00
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
>200% – 300% of February volume
$2.00
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
>300% of February volume
$3.00
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
110% – 200% of February volume
$2.00
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
>200% – 300% of February volume
$3.00
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
>300% of February volume
$4.00
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$5.00 $3.60 $1.40 38.89%
Peak Over Maximum Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$250.00 $250.00 $0.00 0%
Peak Large Package Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$50.00 $31.45 $18.55 58.98%

Regional Carrier Surcharges and Rate Changes

LaserShip Peak Surcharges

LaserShip Peak Surcharges 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Peak Residential Surcharge
Nov. 21, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020
110% – 200% of Baseline Volume $1.00
>200% – 300% of Baseline Volume $2.00
>300% of Baseline Volume $3.00

OnTrac Peak Surcharges

OnTrac Peak Surcharges 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Nov. 01, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$5.00
Peak DirectPost Surcharge
Nov. 15, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$1.00
Peak Large Package Surcharge
Aug. 23, 2020 – Oct. 31, 2020 $37.50
Nov. 01, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021 $50.00
Peak % Over Avg. Weekly Volume
Nov. 15, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
100% Over $0.50
150% Over $1.50
300% Over $3.00
Peak Unauthorized Pkg
Nov. 01, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$450.00

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