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

Parcel carriers have implemented a number of surchares and general rate increases due to COVID-19 and peak season – don’t miss them!

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 – Nov. 14, 2020 $0.11 / lb.
Nov. 15, 2020 – TBD $0.18 / 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 – Nov. 7, 2020 $1.02 / lb. $1.02 / lb. $0.34 / lb.
Nov. 8, 2020 – TBD $1.47 / lb. $1.47 / lb. $0.45 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®
Apr. 12, 2020 – Nov. 14, 2020 $0.11 / lb.
Nov. 15, 2020 – TBD $0.18 / 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 – Nov. 7, 2020 $0.98 / lb. $0.98 / lb. $0.29 / lb.
Nov. 8, 2020 – TBD $1.43 / lb. $1.43 / lb. $0.41 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®, & UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday
Apr. 12, 2020 – Nov. 14, 2020 $0.11 / lb.
Nov. 15, 2020 – TBD $0.91 / 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 – Nov. 7, 2020 $1.81 / lb. $1.81 / lb. $1.25 / lb.
Nov. 8, 2020 – TBD $2.27 / lb. $2.27 / lb. $1.36 / 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%

USPS Peak Rates Increases & Surcharges

 

USPS Peak Rate Increases 2020 2019 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/pkg)
Oct. 18, 2020 – Dec. 27, 2021
Parcel Select Lightweight $0.24
First Class Package Commercial $0.25
Priority Mail Commercial $0.40
Parcel Select
Parcel Select Ground /
Parcel Select DSCF /
Parcel Select DNDC
$0.40
Priority Mail Express Commercial $1.50
Priority Flat Rate Increase
Includes: Flat Rate Envelope, Legal Flat Rate Envelope, Padded Flat Rate Envelope, Small/Medium/Large Flat Rate Box, APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
$0.40

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


 Written by Cam Elliott


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