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2019 UPS Rate Increase, Part 1: accessorial fees

By Last updated on: April 17, 2019

UPS announced the 2019 rate increases went into effect on the 26th of December, 2018. Incidentally, the 2019 UPS accessorial fees and charges are a large part of every shipper’s weekly billing. Subsequently, the rates for UPS ground and air will all increase an average of 4.9%.

Below you will find the most of the fee increases for UPS accessorial fees.

UPS Accessorial
2019 Increase
2018 Cost
2019 Cost
Additional Handling (weight)$4.00$19.00$23.0021.1%
Additional Handling (length)$2.25$12.00$14.2518.8%
Additional Handling (width)$2.25$12.00$14.2518.8%
Additional Handling (packaging)$2.25$12.00$14.2518.8%
Address Correction$0.50$15.90$16.403.1%
Area Surcharges    
-commercial and comm extended for Ground$0.20$2.60$2.807.7%
-commercial and comm extended for Air$0.20$2.75$2.957.3%
-residential addresses for Ground$0.30$3.50$3.808.6%
-residential addresses for Air$0.30$4.05$4.357.4%
-commercial addresses for UPS Hundredweight Service® Air and Ground$0.40$4.45$4.859.0%
Remote Area Surcharge for Hawaii$2.00$26.00$28.007.7%
Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.)$1.00$8.00$9.0012.5%
Chargeback for Consignee Billing Shipments$1.00$13.50$14.507.4%
Declared Value for Carriage$0.50$15.90$16.403.1%
Delivery Confirmation Signature Required$0.25$4.75$5.005.3%
Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required$0.30$5.75$6.055.2%
UPS Delivery Intercept Phone$1.00$21.90$22.904.6%
UPS Delivery Intercept® Web$0.50$15.90$16.403.1%
Dry Ice$0.30$5.25$5.555.7%
Dangerous Goods (Hazardous Materials)    
Large Package Surcharge    
-Domestic commercial$15.00$80.00$95.0018.8%
-Domestic residential$25.00$90.00$115.0027.8%
-International packages$15.00$80.00$95.0018.8%
Missing/Invalid Account Number or Refusal Fee$0.50$15.90$16.403.1%
Over Maximum Limits$200.00$650.00$850.0030.8%
Residential Surcharge    
-domestic Ground$0.35$3.60$3.959.7%
-domestic Air$0.40$4.15$4.559.6%
-UPS Hundredweight Service$2.65$37.35$40.007.1%
Third Party Billing Service 3.50%4.50% 

Here is a PDF with all UPS daily rates for 2019. We will be analyzing these rate increases in an upcoming blog. Stay tuned.

Lessen the 2019 UPS accessorial fees increase impact on your company…

All companies need to explore all viable options to help minimize the impact of the 2019 UPS accessorial fees increases on their supply chain. One option is late delivery auditing, Refund Retriever’s late package refund technology will actively monitor all of your shipping activity to have money credited back to your carrier invoices.

Another option is a full carrier contract analysis. Refund Retriever’s contract experts will analyze your current carrier agreements and parcel spend. Besides, when was the last time your UPS agreement was reviewed by an expert? Which accessorial fees cost you the most? Are your shipments earning the full discounts? Therefore, let Refund Retriever help your logistics manager understanding small parcel.


2019 UPS accessorial fees will account for a large percentage of a company’s shipping costs.  FedEx and UPS do not make identifying and submitting claims easy. Lucky for you the programming geeks at Refund Retriever have automated the late delivery refund logistics no matter how many packages your company ships each day. Ship smarter and become the logistics expert with Refund Retriever.

Brian Gibbs

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Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

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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