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FedEx Demand Surcharges

By Last updated on: February 26, 2024

FedEx demand surcharges were traditionally only implemented during seasons with high shipping volumes. Unfortunately, FedEx demand surcharges are being applied on a year-round basis.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape transportation all across the world. FedEx has kept commerce moving and delivered shipments throughout this trying time. Since we are entering another holiday peak season, FedEx expects extended high demand for capacity and increased operating expenses. Additionally, FedEx expects the swell in residential volume to transfer into 2024. These adjustments are significant and will undoubtedly impact all shippers.

2024 FedEx Demand Surcharge Costs

ServicesCostEffective Date
Demand — Additional Handling SurchargeAll Service Levels$3.45 per packageFebruary 5, 2024, until further notice
Demand — Oversize ChargeAll Service Levels$39.50 per packageFebruary 5, 2024, until further notice
FedEx Demand Surcharges 2024

2023 FedEx Holiday Demand Surcharges

ServicesCostEffective Date
Demand — Additional Handling SurchargeU.S. Express, U.S. Ground, International Ground Services$6.95 per packageOctober 2, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Demand — Oversize ChargeU.S. Express, U.S. Ground, International Ground Services$73.00 per packageOctober 2, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Demand — Ground Unauthorized Package ChargeU.S. & International Ground Services$410 per packageOctober 2, 2023 – January 14, 2024
FedEx Demand SurchargesFedEx Ground Economy Services$1.60 per packageOctober 30, 2023 –November 26, 2023
FedEx Ground Economy Services$2.60 per packageNovember 27, 2023 – December 10, 2023
FedEx Ground Economy Services$1.60 per packageDecember 11, 2023 – January 14, 2024

FedEx Demand Peak Surcharges on Express International Services

Demand Surcharge FedEx international Export 2024

Historical FedEx Demand Peak Surcharge Costs

Surcharge NameApplicable Services2022 Surcharge Amount2021 Surcharge AmountEffective Date
Additional Handling SurchargeU.S. Express & Ground$3.45 per package $5.95 per package 09/05 – 10/2/2022
Additional Handling SurchargeU.S. Express & Ground$6.55 per package $5.95 per package10/22 – 01/15/2023
FedEx Ground Economy$1.50 per package$1.50 per package 12/12 – 01/15/2023
Ground Unauthorized Package ChargeU.S. Express & Ground$385 per package$350 per package10/31 – 01/15/2023
Residential Delivery Charge U.S. Ground Services $1.25 – $6.00$1.15 – $6.0010/31 – 01/15/2023
Residential Delivery Charge U.S. Express Services $2.25 – $7.00$1.15 – $6.0010/31 – 1/15/2023
Oversize ChargeU.S. Express & Ground$39.50 per packageNone10/31 – 1/15/2023
Oversize ChargeU.S. Express & Ground$68.75 per package$62.50 per package10/2 – 01/15/2023

1Customers who ship more than 25,000 weekly average residential FedEx ground economy, express, and ground U.S. domestic (excluding FedEx One Rate )

Peak — Residential Delivery Charge

The 2023 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 20,000 residential FedEx Express or FedEx Ground residential packages combined (not counting FedEx SmartPost or One Rate); and
  • Peak – Residential Delivery Charge will be assessed in addition to the Residential Delivery Charge.
  • Any contracted discount or cap the customer may have on the Residential Delivery Charge will not apply to the Peak – Residential Delivery Charge.
2022 FedEx Peak — Residential Delivery Charge

Peak Demand Oversize Charge

FedEx Oversize Surcharges

If you are unsure of an oversized charge, 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 are length + (2 times the height) +(2 times the width). Remember always to round up.

How can you lessen peak surcharges?

FedEx demand surcharges (aka FedEx peak surcharges ) will impact all FedEx shippers. However, these can be negated with enough preparation. Therefore, if you have questions about these impacts, feel free to reach out. Refund Retriever understands the cost of logistics and transportation impact your bottom line. This includes data analysis of surcharge usage or negotiating a new agreement with FedEx. 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 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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