FedEx recently announced the 2019 general rate increase that will go into effect January 7th, 2019. FedEx will increase express shipping rates by an average of 4.9% for domestic and international services. FedEx Ground and Home Delivery shipping rates will also increase by an average of 4.9%. FedEx Freight shipping rates will increase even more by 5.9% on average for services in North America. Here is a link to the 2019 rates (PDF or CSV).
In addition to the general rate increase, FedEx will also increase 56 accessorial surcharges. There are a total of 36 surcharge price increases on small package services and another 20 increases for freight. FedEx has not disclosed the 2019 SmartPost rate increase, but they are coming.
Minimum Charge Increase
All FedEx packages are subject to a minimum charge as we have discussed in a past blog post. No matter how great your discounts may be, every package is subject to this rule and you could be losing valuable discounts. In 2018 the minimum package charge was $7.58. This will increase by 3.56% and become $7.85 in 2019.
How to Minimize the Impact
Most companies accept these yearly price increases without any hesitation, they merely transfer the additional logistics cost to the clients’ shipping costs. This could cause potential buyers to abandon their shopping cart due to high shipping costs.
If a company offers free shipping with online purchases, the company just absorbs the cost and makes less money. A company can mitigate these costs with a successful contract analysis and agreement renegotiation.
We have already witnessed UPS offering FedEx users a new agreement with a freeze in the general rate increase (GRI). Basically, the shipper will ship all package in 2019 on 2018 rates. Contact your carrier representative to ask for this, or contact us at Refund Retriever so we can evaluate your shipping needs and help with a full contract negotiation.