FedEx, UPS, and USPS increase shipping rates and alterations at least once a year. Here at Refund Retriever, we audit FedEx and UPS shipments for late deliveries and other billing mistakes. Accordingly, we have a working knowledge of shipping costs and how they affect you as a shipper. To begin, let’s look at the 2019 rate increases and provide some helpful advice to lower shipping spend.
2019 UPS General Rate Increase
The rates for UPS ground, air have increased an average net of 4.9% as of December 26, 2018. The total domestic rate increase came out to a 6.17% rise in shipping costs.
In addition to daily package rates rising, other changes will increase your shipping charges. Fuel surcharge now applies to Additional Handling, Over Maximum Limits, Signature Required and Adult Signature Required accessorial fees. These are in addition to the many accessorial fee increases covered here.
- Additional Handling: $2.25 to $4.00 increase
- Address correction: $0.50 increase
- Large package surcharge – $15.00 to $25.00 increase
- Over maximum limits: $200.00 increase