Effective January 22, 2018, FedEx will apply dimensional weight pricing with a dimensional divisor of 139 and a per pound rate to all packages over 71 lbs on all SmartPost packages. Dimensional weights are of course (length x width x height) divided by a DIM factor, which is set by default at 139. Since the beginning of the service offering, DIM weights did not apply to SmartPost. Our customers have increasingly been enticed from Ground and Home Delivery services to the lower price option of SurePost, this service might not be as cost effective as before.
FedEx SmartPost will also introduce per-pound rates for the packages rated above 71 lbs. The shipping charges for a FedEx SmartPost Oversize package will be based on the greatest of the package’s actual rounded weight, dimensional weight and 71 lbs.
What is exactly is FedEx SmartPost?
This is a service option that utilizes the infrastructure of FedEx, while relying on the U.S. Postal Service to provide final delivery to your customer. Packages are typically delivered in 2–7 business days based on the distance to the destination. There is no charge for residential or Saturday delivery, but the time in transit is greater than ground services.
Effective on Jan. 1, 2018, get ready for these additional changes.
- A Third Party Billing Surcharge of 2.5% will apply to shipments that are billed to a third party.
- Non-Machinable Surcharge for all services will increase from $2.75 to $2.90 per package.
- Package Relabel Surcharge will increase from $0.50 to $0.60.
- Delivery Area Surcharge will increase from $1.20 to $1.30 and from $1.70 to $1.85 per package for shipments to applicable ZIP codes in the contiguous U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
In 2015, UPS subjected all SurePost packages to dimensional weight charges. SurePost packages follow the same dimensional weight formula as UPS Ground, UPS has not yet come out with the 2018 rate and fee changes.