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What are the UPS Delivery Area Surcharges (DAS)?

By Last updated on: September 30, 2020

If your company ships to remote or rural destinations, you have seen additional fees tacked on the shipments charges called UPS delivery area surcharges (DAS) and extended delivery area surcharges (EDAS). UPS applies these additional charges to packages either picked up or delivered to certain ZIP codes that are predetermined. Therefore, let’s take a look at the different charges that you could experience. 

Delivery Area Surcharge (DAS)

Ordinarily, this is the most common of all three types. DAS is a surcharge that applies to each package delivered to certain ZIP Codes within the 48 contiguous states. Delivery Area Surcharge does not apply to UPS Ground with Freight Pricing shipments

Extended Delivery Area Surcharge (EDAS)

UPS will apply an additional charge applies for each shipment that is picked up or delivered in an extended area. This area is defined by zip codes in a file provided by UPS.

UPS Delivery Area Surcharges

Remote Area Surcharge

A Remote Area Surcharge applies to deliveries to certain ZIP Codes within Alaska and Hawaii. This surcharge is applied to delivery or pickup from an area beyond UPS extended areas, which are less accessible for pickups and deliveries. Additionally, this charge will apply to domestic, international services and UPS simple rate shipments. Accordingly, the fee for this charge is $30.00 in Alaska and $10.00 in Hawaii

How much do these DAS surcharges cost?

Delivery Area Surcharge (DAS) 20192020Increase
Air Commercial$2.95$3.105.08%
Air Commercial Extended$2.95$3.6022.0%
Ground Commercial $2.80$2.955.36%
Ground Commercial Extended$2.80$3.4523.2%
Ground Residential$3.80$4.005.26%
Ground Residential Extended$4.85$5.4011.3%
Air Residential $4.35$4.401.15%
Air Residential Extended$4.85$5.4011.3%

UPS Delivery Area Surcharges applies to the following services:

UPS Next Day Air Early UPS Next Day Air UPS Next Day Air Saver
UPS 2nd Day Air UPS 3 Day Select UPS Ground
UPS Worldwide Express PlusUPS Worldwide Express NA1UPS Worldwide Express
UPS Worldwide Saver UPS Worldwide Expedited UPS 3 Day Select from Canada
UPS Standard to/from CanadaUPS Standard to/from Mexico

Data and reporting are key

Most companies pay the weekly UPS invoice without any review. They assume everything is correct. Besides, how could a company as big as UPS make a mistake? As a result, most shippers are not aware of the impact these surcharges have. For instance, look at the following graphs, one client of Refund Retriever had a DAS charge on 37% of all shipments!

How can I reduce the cost of DAS fees?

Since most companies cannot change the destination of their shipments, the UPS agreement is the first place to reduce UPS delivery area surcharges. In particular, ask your UPS representative for a discount on DAS. A 25-50% discount on the published rate is a good goal to set. Before you ask for this concession, make sure that you are seeing many of these charges. What percentage of your packages are being charged one of these fees?  

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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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