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FedEx Rate & Surcharge Hikes

By Last updated on: January 18, 2019

The price of shipping keeps rising.  On September 15th, another FedExrate hike was announced. Rates for 2016 are going up by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services effective Monday, January 4, 2016. FedEx Express, FedEx One Rate® , FedEx® Retail Rates, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery®, FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Freight rates will also increase.

FedEx Rate Hike


FedEx Fuel Surcharge

Just nine months after the last fuel surcharge adjustment, FedEx is once again modifying its fuel surcharge index effective November 2. Fuel surcharges will change to: Express/International increases of 1.5% to 1.75% and Ground increases of .5% to 1%.


FedEx Surcharge Increases

FedEx will also increase surcharges for shipments that exceed the published maximum dimensions in the FedEx Ground network ahead of peak season. The surcharge will rise 91%, from $57.50 to $110 and will apply to large FedEx Ground packages. Make note of this increase if your packages weigh more than 150 pounds, 9 feet in length, or 13 feet 9 inches in length and girth combined. FedEx characterizes these as “unauthorized packages” because they exceed allowable dimensions.

FedEx Over-sized Packages

Is FedEx seeking to price over-sized packages out of its network? They require manual handling since they are too large for automated sorting systems and are generally more expensive and time-consuming to process. Fewer and fewer shippers will be shipping these packages given this price hike. Many of these packages are so bulky that alternative shipping methods might not be an option.


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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 or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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