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FedEx Holiday Surcharges – What you need to know

By Last updated on: September 17, 2019

How will the holiday FedEx peak surcharges affect your peak season business this year? From October 1 through January 5, 2020, FedEx will apply additional peak surcharges packages with certain characteristics. Specifically, shipments that qualify as oversized, unauthorized or require additional handling will see a peak surcharge in addition to existing charges.

Once again, FedEx will not apply additional residential surcharges during the holiday season. Similarly, UPS will not apply additional residential surcharges. This is a departure from UPS’ 2018 stance on residential surcharges. UPS and FedEx take different approaches to peak surcharges. Therefore, let’s take a look at FedEx holiday surcharges.

Peak Surcharge Amounts – 2019

Surcharge NameCurrent Surcharge Amount2018 FedEx Peak Surcharge Total 2019 FedEx Peak Surcharge Total
Additional Handling Surcharge
$ 13.50$ 15.20$ 17.60
Additional Handling Surcharge
$ 20$ 23.20$ 24.10
Additional Handling Surcharge
$ 12$ 15.20$ 16.10
Ground Unauthorized Package Charge $ 675$ 825.00$ 1110.00
Oversize Charge $ 90$ 107.50$ 127.50
FedEx peak surcharges

How can you lower these peak charges?

Remember, these FedEx holiday surcharges are applied 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 proper 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 2019 FedEx peak surcharge totals.

Contact our parcel experts to reassess your carrier agreement with a risk-free contract analysis. Many shippers lower holiday expenses during a FedEx agreement negotiation. FedEx has the ability to lower or reduce any surcharge or fee, you as a shipper must quantify the impact of these fees. Once quantified, is the impact 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 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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