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Accessorial Fees in Contract Negotiation

By Last updated on: May 25, 2023

FedEx and UPS cost more due to accessorial fees; there is no getting around them. Accessorial charges have rate increases each year, just as the general rates. Accessorial fee surcharges for additional, supplemental, or value-added services can easily account for up to 40 percent of your overall FedEx or UPS invoice costs.

When do you see accessorial fees applied?

Accessorial charges are assessed while a shipment is in transit or upon delivery and can present a vital cost management issue for shippers. Very few packages will not have at least one accessorial fee present on the final invoice.

Where do you see accessorial fees on a FedEx and UPS invoice?

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Accessorial Surcharges on a FedEx Invoice
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Value-Added Services on a UPS Invoice

Each package has numerous accessorial charges, making up a high percentage of your overall shipping expenses. Fortunately, you can reduce shipping costs because of these charges. Why? Once these charges are approved, you can bet that the carrier invoices contain errors which means you could be eligible for billing mistake refunds or credits to your account!

How Many accessorial fees are there?

FedEx and UPS identify over 100 accessorial surcharges, many with name variations and costs for a single service. Our data shows nearly 300 additional fees that are not a part of the base shipping rates! Logistics reporting can reveal shipping intelligence that will save your company money on FedEx and UPS shipping.

How many surcharges are there?

  • Dimensional Weight Pricing
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • Residential Surcharge
  • Delivery Area Surcharge
  • Extended Area Surcharge
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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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