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FedEx Increases Unauthorized and Additional Handling Fees

By Last updated on: January 10, 2019

FedEx Increases Unauthorized and Additional Handling Fees! FedEx recently announced general changes to surcharges on unauthorized shipments and packages that require additional handling; these higher fees go into effect September 3, 2018. FedEx’s Unauthorized Package Charge will more than double, from $300 to $675. The additional handling surcharge for packages weighing greater than 70 lbs. will increase from 67%, from $12 to $20 for domestic packages.

What is a Ground Unauthorized Package?

  • Any package measuring more than 108 inches in length.

  • Any package measuring more than 165 inches in length and girth combined.

  • Any package weighing more than 150 lbs.

These packages are unauthorized and may be refused or returned to the shipper. However, at FedEx Ground’s sole discretion, they may be accepted and delivered. We see many of these charges on FedEx invoices, our reports can identify each time this is being applied to your shipments.

Historical Ground Unauthorized Package Charge

    • 2015: $57.50 per package
    • 2016: $110 per package
    • 2017: $115 per package
    • 2018: $300 per package
  • 2018: $675 per package – (Effective Sept. 3, 2018)

What is Additional Handing?

Additional Handling Surcharge applies to any FedEx Ground package that measures greater than 48 inches but equal to or less than 108 inches along its longest side. Packages weighing over 70 pounds will be assessed a $20 additional fee. This is a very common fee for shippers.  Many people are not aware of the charges until it is too late.  Our reporting will help identify each charge on your carrier invoice.

Historical Additional Handing fees

    • 2014: $8.50
    • 2015: $9.00
    • 2016: $10.50
    • 2017: $11.00
    • 2018: $12.00
  • 2018: $20.00 – (Effective Sept. 3, 2018 for weight based additional handling packages)

These large unauthorized packages belong in the LTL network, not small parcel. Many e-commerce companies have been shipping these larger packages with small parcel since it requires no additional effort, special documentation or another pickup. LTL delivery of packages this size might take a few minutes extra but will be cheaper than a $650 additional fee.  If you are interested in learning more about shipping large packages correctly, our Freight Retriever freight rate shopping tool will allow you to use LTL with little additional effort.


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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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