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2021 Guide to COVID-19 Surcharges and Rate Changes

In 2021, parcel carriers continue to implement a number of surchares and rate increases due to COVID-19 and peak volume – don’t miss them!

 Cameron Elliott

In addition to general rate increases, carriers have continued to adopt and increase COVID-19 and peak volume related surcharges. Below, we’ve collected many of the more notable changes announced thus far.

COVID-19 Related Surcharges

COVID-19 Surcharges FedEx OnTrac UPS
Peak Oversize Charge
FedEx: Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
OnTrac: Aug. 23, 2020 – Oct. 31, 2020
UPS: Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$30 $31.45 $31.45
Peak Residential Delivery
FedEx: Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
UPS: Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$0.30
SmartPost® / SurePost®
FedEx: Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
UPS: Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$0.75 $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®
Dec. 27, 2020 – TBD $1.13 / lb $1.13 / lb $0.45 / lb $0.18 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®
Dec. 27, 2020 – TBD $1.09 / lb $1.09 / lb $0.41 / lb $0.18 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®, & UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday
Dec. 27, 2020 – TBD $1.93 / lb $1.93 / lb $1.36 / lb $0.91 / lb.

FedEx Surcharges and Rate Changes

FedEx Surcharges and Rate Changes 2021 2020 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Additional Handling
Dimension $16.00 $15.00 $1.00 6.67%
Weight $25.50 $24.00 $1.50 6.25%
Packaging $14.00 $13.00 $1.00 7.69%
Address Correction $18.00 $17.00 $1.00 5.88%
Collect On Delivery (COD) $16.50 $15.50 $1.00 6.45%
Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials
General Hazardous Materials $39.00 $37.00 $2.00 5.41%
Dry Ice $6.15 $5.85 $0.30 5.13%
Accessible $115.00 $105.00 $10.00 9.52%
Inaccessible $54.50 $51.50 $3.00 5.83%
Delivery Area Surcharge
Residential – Express/Ground $4.70 $4.40 $0.30 6.82%
Extended Residential – Express/Ground $5.90 $5.40 $0.50 9.62%
Commercial – Express $3.25 $3.10 $0.15 4.84%
Extended Commercial – Express $3.85 $3.60 $0.25 6.94%
Commercial – Ground $3.10 $2.95 $0.15 5.08%
Extended Commercial – Ground $3.70 $3.45 $0.25 7.25%
Home Delivery – Residential $4.35 $4.00 $0.35 8.75%
Email Return Label $1.05 $1.05 $0.00 0%
ExpressTag® $6.45 $6.10 $0.35 5.74%
Ground Unauthorized Pkg Charge $920.00 $875.00 $45.00 5.14%
Large Pkg / Oversize
Express/Ground $105.00 $100.00 $5.00 5.00%
Home Delivery/Residential $130.00 $120.00 $10.00 8.33%
Residential Delivery/Pickup
Express/Ground/International $4.95 $4.65 $0.30 6.45%
Home Delivery $4.35 $4.00 $0.35 8.75%
Residential Pickup Charge $160.00 $150.00 $10.00 6.67%
Signature
Adult Signature $6.70 $6.35 $0.35 5.51%
Direct Signature $5.55 $5.25 $0.30 5.71%

FedEx Peak Surcharges

FedEx Peak Surcharges 2021 2020 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
SmartPost®
Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD $0.75 $1.00 -$0.25 -25.00%
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Express/Ground/International

Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
$3.00 $4.90 -$1.90 -38.78%
Peak Oversize Charge
Express/Ground/International

Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
$30.00 $52.50 -$22.50 -42.86%

UPS Surcharges and Rate Changes

UPS Surcharges and Rate Changes 2021 2020 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Additional Handling
Dimension $16.00 $15.00 $1.00 6.67%
Weight $25.50 $24.00 $1.50 6.25%
Packaging $15.25 $14.25 $1.00 7.02%
Address Correction $18.00 $17.00 $1.00 5.88%
Collect On Delivery (COD) $16.50 $15.50 $1.00 6.45%
Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials
General Hazardous Materials $39.00 $37.00 $2.00 5.41%
Dry Ice $6.15 $5.85 $0.30 5.13%
Accessible $115.00 $105.00 $10.00 9.52%
Inaccessible $54.50 $51.50 $3.00 5.83%
Delivery Area Surcharge
Residential – Ground $4.30 $4.00 $0.30 7.50%
Residential – Air $4.70 $4.40 $0.30 6.82%
Extended Residential – Ground $5.90 $5.40 $0.50 9.26%
Extended Residential – Air $5.90 $5.40 $0.50 9.26%
Commercial – Ground $3.10 $2.95 $0.15 5.08%
Commercial – Air $3.25 $3.10 $0.15 4.84%
Extended Commercial – Ground $3.70 $3.45 $0.25 7.25%
Extended Commercial – Air $3.85 $3.60 $0.25 6.94%
Large Pkg / Oversize
Domestic Residential
Length + Girth >130” OR Length >96”
$130.00 $120.00 $10.00 8.33%
Domestic Commercial
Length + Girth >130” OR Length >96”
$105.00 $100.00 $5.00 5.00%
International
Length + Girth >130” OR Length >96”
$105.00 $100.00 $5.00 5.00%
Missing/Invalid Account Number or Refusal Fee $18.00 $17.00 $1.00 5.88%
Over Maximum Limits $920.00 $875.00 $45.00 5.14%
Pickup
Daily On-Route Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$31.00 $29.00 $2.00 6.90%
Daily On-Route Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.50 $14.50 $1.00 6.90%
Daily Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$33.00 $31.00 $2.00 6.45%
Daily Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$16.50 $15.55 $1.00 6.45%
Daily Specific Pickup – 1-2 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$15.45 $14.45 $1.00 6.92%
Daily Specific Pickup – 1-2 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.45 $14.45 $1.00 6.92%
Daily Specific Pickup – 3 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$24.30 $22.30 $2.00 8.97%
Daily Specific Pickup – 3 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.45 $14.45 $1.00 6.92%
Daily Specific Pickup – 4 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$31.00 $29.00 $2.00 6.90%
Daily Specific Pickup – 4 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.50 $14.50 $1.00 6.90%
Smart Pickup® $15.45/wk $14.45/wk $1.00 6.92%
Residential Delivery/Pickup
Ground / Standard $4.45 $4.10 $0.35 8.54%
Domestic / International Air $5.00 $4.70 $0.30 6.38%
Hundredweight $43.20 $41.85 $1.35 3.23%
Worldwide Express Freight $160.00 $140.00 $20.00 14.29%
Signature
Adult Signature $6.70 $6.35 $0.35 5.51%
Direct Signature $5.55 $5.25 $0.30 5.71%

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 $1.00 $0.00 0.00%
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
>200% – 300% of February volume
$2.00 $2.00 $0.00 0.00%
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
>300% of February volume
$3.00 $3.00 $0.00 0.00%
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
110% – 200% of February volume
$2.00 $2.00 $0.00 0.00%
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
>200% – 300% of February volume
$3.00 $3.00 $0.00 0.00%
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
>300% of February volume
$4.00 $4.00 $0.00 0.00%
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$5.00 $5.00 $0.00 0%
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 $50.00 $0.00 0%

USPS Peak Rates Increases & Surcharges

 

USPS Peak Rate Increases 2021 2020 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/pkg)
Oct. 18, 2020 – Dec. 27, 2020
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 2021 2020 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 2021 2020 DIFF – $ DIFF – %
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$3.00 $5.00 -$2.00 -40.00%
Peak Large Package Surcharge
Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD $31.45 $37.50 -$6.05 -16.13%


Written by Cameron Elliott


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