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2020 UPS Peak Surcharges: Residential, SurePost, Large Package

By Last updated on: July 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape shipping all across the world. As UPS copes with these changes, they are continuing to modify their pricing accordingly and increasing 2020 UPS peak surcharges. On May 26, 2020, UPS announced expansions to their Peak Surcharges for international US domestic packages. These modifications are particularly important and will undoubtedly impact many shippers.

UPS Ground Residential and UPS SurePost Packages – Peak Surcharge

A Peak Surcharge will apply to UPS Ground Residential SurePost packages for qualifying customers whose combined volume of Ground Residential and SurePost packages during the week immediately prior to the applicable invoicing period exceeded the customer’s average weekly volume from 2/2/2020, through 2/29/2020, by more than 25,000 packages. This additional peak surcharge will apply as outlined in the chart below May 31, 2020, until further notice:

UPS® Ground Residential$0.30 per package
UPS® SurePost$0.30 per package
Peak Period (inclusive of starting and ending dates) and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/package)

Large Packages 

2020 UPS peak surcharges will also apply to large packages. An additional $31.45 peak surcharge will apply to qualifying clients who shipped more than 500 large packages during the week immediately prior. Large packages are defined as those with length (longest side) plus girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] combined exceeds 130 inches, or with the length exceeding 96 inches.

Once the threshold for large packages is met, the peak surcharge will apply to all large package shipments regardless of volume for all service levels and beginning May 31, 2020 and until further notice.   

2020 UPS peak surcharges

International 2020 Peak Surcharge Impact

Shipments from China to the U.S.

The Peak Surcharge that will apply to shipments originating from China Mainland to the U.S. The Peak Surcharge for shipments to the U.S. will apply as a rate per pound based upon the billable weight of the shipment. Peak Period and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/lb)

June 28, 2020 to July 25, 2020July 26, 2020 until further notice
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Saver®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®$0.52 per lb.$0.75 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®$1.36 per lb$1.5 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday$1.36 per lb.$1.59 per lb.
Peak Period (inclusive of starting and ending dates) and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/lb)

Shipments from Hong Kong SAR to the U.S.

2020 UPS peak surcharges that will apply to shipments originating from Hong Kong SAR to the U.S. will apply until further notice. The Peak Surcharge for shipments to the U.S. will applies as a rate per pound based upon the billable weight of the shipment. 

May 24, 2020 to July 25, 2020July 26, 2020 until further notice
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Saver®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®$0.52 per lb.$0.75 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®$1.36 per lb.$1.59 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday$1.36 per lb.$1.59 per lb
Peak Period (inclusive of starting and ending dates) and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/lb)

Peak Surcharge – All other international shipments

Service LevelsApril 12, 2020 until further notice
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express®$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Saver®$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®$0.34 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday$0.34 per lb.
Peak Period (inclusive of starting and ending dates) and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/lb)

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Want to learn more about how Refund Retriever can save you money on your yearly shipping spend, schedule a free contract analysis today. 2020 UPS peak surcharges could amount for a large percentage of your shipping costs, just take a look at your next UPS invoice.

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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 www.refundretriever.com or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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