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UPS 2018 Holiday Surcharges – What you need to know

By September 4, 2018

How will UPS peak season surcharges affect your business this year? November 18 through December 22, 2018, UPS will apply additional peak surcharges to shipments that qualify as oversized, unauthorized or require additional handling, in addition to existing charges. FedEx also implemented peak season surcharge increases for 2018, check out this blog for the differences.

Surcharge Name

Current Surcharge Amount

2018 Peak Surcharge Amount 

Additional Handling Surcharge (length)

$12

$15.15

Additional Handling Surcharge (weight)

$19

$22.15

Additional Handling Surcharge (width)

$12

$15.15

Additional Handling Surcharge (packaging)

$12

$15.15

Over Maximum Limits Charge

$650

$815.00

Large Package Surcharge (commercial)

$80

$106.20

Large Package Surcharge (residential)

$90

$116.20

In July 2018, UPS announced additional changes to surcharges on packages requiring additional handling, details can be found here.

A residential peak surcharge will apply to each domestic package delivered to a location that is a home, including a business operating out of a home. This additional surcharge will apply in the amounts set forth in the chart below to the indicated service level and effective date range.

UPS Service

Surcharge Amount

Effective Date 2018

UPS Next Day Air

(Early, Air, & Air Saver)

84 ¢

December 16 to December 22

UPS 2nd Day Air

99 ¢

December 16 to December 22

UPS 3 Day Select

99 ¢

December 16 to December 22

UPS Ground

28 ¢

November 18 to December 1

UPS Ground

28 ¢

December 16 to December 22

All services to AK, HI, PR

$ 3.14

November 18 to December 1

All services to AK, HI, PR

$ 3.14

December 16 to December 22

 A copy of the UPS Peak Surcharge PDF can be found here.

These charges are applied to all UPS customers, not just those shipping packages in the e-commerce space. Parcel shippers must understand their shipping profiles to ensure their agreement is fair, having proper data will protect your bottom line. Contact our parcel experts to gain valuable data and insight that will help understand how these increases in transportation impact your bottom line.

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Brian Gibbs founded Refund Retriever in 2006 while running his first eBay based business and seeing the shortcomings of other shipment auditing companies. Refund Retriever's primary focus is FedEx and UPS parcel invoice auditing. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001, he then graduated from the University of Houston in 2004 with a JD and MBA. Gibbs has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and other publications discussing parcel auditing, shipping, e-commerce and more. Learn more at www.refundretriever.com or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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