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FedEx Unauthorized Package Charge Increases and Rules

By Last updated on: May 20, 2022

The FedEx Unauthorized Package Charge is a fee rarely seen by shippers, but when it appears, a shipper will take action immediately! FedEx recently announced general changes to surcharges on unauthorized shipments that require additional handling. Generally, FedEx announces these fee increases in September each year, and they go into effect at the beginning of the year. FedEx unauthorized and additional handling fees go about 20% per year but have also doubled.

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What is a Ground Unauthorized Package Charge?

  • Any shipment measuring more than 108 inches in length.
  • A shipment measuring more than 165 inches in length and girth combined.
  • Anything weighing more than 150 lbs.
Ground Unauthorized Package Charge

FedEx Unauthorized OS packages may be refused, returned to the shipper, or disposed of by FedEx Ground. However, they may be accepted and delivered at FedEx Ground’s sole discretion. The package rating will be based on the greater of the package’s actual rounded weight or dimensional weight, subject to a 90-lb. minimum billable weight.

Package shape and dimensions may change during transit, affecting the package’s dimensional weight and surcharge eligibility. If the sizes vary during transit, FedEx Ground may adjust the shipment charges appropriately. This fee only applies to US and international ground services. We see many FedEx Unauthorized OS charges on FedEx invoices, our reports can identify each time these affect your shipments.

Historical Ground Unauthorized Package Charge

FedEx Unauthorized Package Charge
  • 2015: $57.50 additional cost
  • 2016: $110 additional cost
  • 2017: $115 additional cost
  • 2018: $300 additional cost
  • 2019: $675 additional cost
  • 2020: $875 additional cost
  • 2021: $920 additional cost
  • 2022: $1,025 additional cost
  • 2023: ????

Peak season charge increases

Effective October 21, 2019, through January 17, 2020, the FedEx unauthorized package charge saw an additional $350 charge on top of the $875.

FedEx Unauthorized Oversize Charge

Monthly Reporting: Find your FedEx Unauthorized OS Charges

Even if you do not want your FedEx packages audited for late deliveries and other billing mistakes, Refund Retriever can help. We offer monthly reporting at a flat fee. Contact us for pricing on reports and analytics.

How to lower charges

These FedEx unauthorized package charges belong in the LTL network, not the small parcel. Many e-commerce companies ship larger packages with FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery. Ground and Home Delivery requires no additional effort, special documentation, or another pickup. FedEx unauthorized and additional handling fees are real and can quickly overtake your shipping spend.

LTL delivery of packages this size might take a few minutes extra but will be cheaper than a $950 additional fee. In short, if you want to learn more about shipping large packages correctly, check out Freight Retriever. It is our freight rate shopping tool that will allow you to use LTL with little additional effort.

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Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

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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