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2020 FedEx Peak Surcharges

By Last updated on: June 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape shipping all across the world. UPS recently announced a rise in rates due to peak shipping activity due to the pandemic. FedEx has come behind and has mimicked the UPS with 2020 FedEx Peak Surcharge. As FedEx copes with these changes, they are continuing to modify their pricing accordingly and increasing 2020 FedEx peak surcharges. On June 3, 2020, FedEx released some updates to the currents 2020 shipping rates, specifically residential deliveries and oversize, hard-to-handle packages, which FedEx has experienced increased operating costs across their network. These modifications are particularly important and will undoubtedly impact many shippers.

Surcharge NameApplicable ServiceSurcharge AmountEffective Date
Temporary SurchargeFedEx SmartPost$0.40 per packageJune 8, 2020 & indefinitely
Peak — Oversize ChargeDomestic FedEx Express/Ground$30.00 per packageJune 8, 2020 & indefinitely
Peak — Residential Delivery ChargeDomestic FedEx Express/Ground $0.30 per packageJune 8, 2020 & indefinitely

Peak — Residential Delivery Charge

The 2020 FedEx Peak residential delivery surcharge will be billed separately and only apply to customers at the enterprise level. These are customers who:

  • within a given week, ship 40,000 FedEx Express residential and FedEx Ground residential packages combined (not counting FedEx SmartPost or One Rate); and
  • whose volume in that same week exceeds 120% of their average weekly volume in February 2020.

Peak Oversize Charge

If you are unsure of what an oversize charge is, here is a refresher. A FedEx oversize is any package that:

  • exceeds 96 inches in length, or
  • 130 inches in length and girth

The length and girth of a package is length + (2 times the height) +(2 times the width). Remember always to round up.

Previous 2020 Peak Surcharges: Effective April 6, 2020

Origin Regions/ CountriesRest of APACAll Other Regions/Countries
China (Parcel)$0.45$0.90
China (Freight)$0.45$1.60
Hong Kong SAR, China$0.45$0.45
Rest of APAC$0.45$0.10
All Other Regions/Countries$0.10$0.10

How can you lessen peak surcharges?

The 2020 FedEx Peak Surcharge will have an impact on all Surepost shippers and some ground shippers. If you have questions about these impacts, feel free to reach out to us at Refund Retriever. We are always happy to help.

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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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