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FedEx Holiday Surcharges – What you need to know

By Last updated on: December 7, 2021

How will the holiday FedEx peak surcharges affect your peak season business this year? From October 4 through January 16, 2022, FedEx will apply additional peak surcharges packages with specific characteristics. Specifically, shipments that qualify as oversized, unauthorized, or require additional handling will see a peak surcharge in addition to existing charges.

Peak Surcharge Amounts – 2021

Surcharge NameSurcharge AmountEffective Date
Peak — Additional Handling Surcharge$5.95 per packageOctober 4 to January 16, 2022
Peak — Oversize Charge$62.50 per packageOctober 4 to January 16, 2022
Peak — Ground Unauthorized Package Charge$350.00 per packageOctober 4 to January 16, 2022
Peak – FedEx Ground Economy (SmartPost)$1.50 per packageNovember 1 to November 28, 2021
Peak – FedEx Ground Economy (SmartPost) $3.00 per packageNovember 29 to December 12, 2021
Peak – FedEx Ground Economy (SmartPost) $1.50 per packageDecember 13 to January 16, 2022

How can you lower these peak charges?

Remember, these FedEx holiday surcharges will apply to all FedEx customers. Not just those shipping packages in the e-commerce space. Consequently, all parcel shippers must understand their shipping profiles to ensure the FedEx agreement is fair. In short, having accurate data will protect your bottom line. Some shippers might find it advantageous to move some of these affected packages from UPS to FedEx this year. Other shipping options could reduce your 2021 – 2022 FedEx peak surcharge totals.

Contact our parcel experts to reassess your carrier agreement with a risk-free contract analysis. Many shippers can lower holiday expenses during a FedEx agreement negotiation. FedEx can lower or reduce any surcharge or fee. You as a shipper, must quantify the impact of these fees. Once quantified, is the result great enough to ask for a reduction in these FedEx peak surcharges? 

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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 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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