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FedEx 2018 Holiday Surcharges – What you need to know

By August 31, 2018

FedEx Holiday Surcharges

How will the FedEx holiday surcharges affect your peak season business this year? From November 19 through December 24, 2018, FedEx will apply additional peak surcharges to shipments that qualify as oversized, unauthorized or require additional handling, in addition to existing charges. FedEx will not apply additional residential surcharges during the holiday season, UPS will apply additional residential surcharges. UPS and FedEx take different approaches to peak surcharges.

Surcharge Name

Current Surcharge Amount

Peak Season Surcharge Name

Additional Peak Surcharge Amount 

Additional Handling Surcharge (dimension)


Peak – Additional Handling Surcharge


Additional Handling Surcharge (weight)


Peak – Additional Handling Surcharge


Additional Handling Surcharge (packaging)


Peak – Additional Handling Surcharge


Ground Unauthorized Package Charge


Peak – Ground Unauthorized Package Charge


Oversize Charge


Peak – Oversize Charge



FedEx recently announced more changes to surcharges on unauthorized shipments and packages requiring additional handling, these will become effective September 3rd. Details can be found here.

These charges are applied to all FedEx 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. Some shippers might find it advantageous to move some of these affected packages from UPS to FedEx this year. 

Contact our parcel experts to reassess your carrier agreement with a risk-free contract analysis.

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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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