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What are the UPS Delivery Area Surcharges (DAS)?

By Last updated on: April 30, 2024

If your company ships to remote or rural destinations, you have seen additional fees tacked on the shipment charges called UPS delivery area surcharges (DAS) and extended delivery area surcharges (EDAS). UPS applies these additional charges to packages either picked up or delivered to specific predetermined ZIP codes. Therefore, let’s look at the different costs you could experience. 

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How much do these DAS surcharges cost?

Delivery Area Surcharge (DAS) 20232024
Air Commercial$3.70$3.95
Air Commercial Extended$4.50$4.90
Ground Commercial $3.70$3.95
Ground Commercial Extended$4.50$4.90
Ground Residential$5.70$5.85
Ground Residential Extended$7.15$7.70
Air Residential $5.55$5.70
Air Residential Extended$7.15$7.70
Import Delivery Area Surcharge$3.70$3.85
Import Delivery Area Surcharge Extended:$4.75
UPS-Delivery-Area-Surcharge 2024

Delivery Area Surcharge (DAS)

Ordinarily, this is the most common of all three types. DAS is a surcharge for each package delivered to specific ZIP Codes within the 48 contiguous states. Delivery Area Surcharge does not apply to UPS Ground with Freight Pricing shipments.

Extended Delivery Area Surcharge (EDAS)

UPS will apply an additional charge for each shipment picked up or delivered in an extended area. Zip codes define this area in a file provided by UPS.

UPS Delivery Area Surcharges

Remote Area Surcharge

A Remote Area Surcharge applies to deliveries to specific ZIP Codes within Alaska and Hawaii. This surcharge is applied to delivery or pickup from an area beyond UPS extended areas, which are less accessible for pickups and deliveries. Additionally, this charge will apply to domestic, international services, and UPS simple rate shipments. Accordingly, the fee for this charge is $40.50 in Alaska and $14.15 in Hawaii.

Historical UPS Delivery Area Surcharge Fees

Delivery Area Surcharge (DAS) 20192020202120222023
Air Commercial$2.95$3.10$3.25$3.55$3.70
Air Commercial Extended$2.95$3.60$3.85$4.25$4.50
Ground Commercial $2.80$2.95$3.10$3.40$3.70
Ground Commercial Extended$2.80$3.45$3.70$4.10$4.50
Ground Residential$3.80$4.00$4.30$4.80$5.30
Ground Residential Extended$4.85$5.40$5.90$6.50$7.15
Air Residential $4.35$4.40$4.70$5.20$5.55
Air Residential Extended$4.85$5.40$5.90$6.50$7.15

UPS Delivery Area Surcharges apply to the following services:

UPS Next Day Air Early UPS Next Day Air UPS Next Day Air Saver
UPS 2nd Day Air UPS 3 Day Select UPS Ground
UPS Worldwide Express PlusUPS Worldwide Express NA1UPS Worldwide Express
UPS Worldwide Saver UPS Worldwide Expedited UPS 3 Day Select from Canada
UPS Standard to/from CanadaUPS Standard to/from Mexico

Data and reporting are key.

Most companies pay the weekly UPS invoice without any review, and they assume everything is correct. Besides, how could a company as big as UPS make a mistake? As a result, most shippers are unaware of these surcharges’ impact. For instance, look at the following graphs: one client of Refund Retriever had a DAS charge on 37% of all shipments!

How can I reduce the cost of UPS DAS fees?

Since most companies cannot change the destination of their shipments, the UPS agreement is the first place to reduce UPS delivery area surcharges. In particular, ask your UPS representative for a discount on DAS. A 25-50% discount on the published rate is an excellent goal. Before you ask for this concession, ensure you see many of these charges. What percentage of your packages are being charged one of these fees?  

Brian Gibbs

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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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