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UPS Peak Surcharges: Residential, SurePost, Large Package

By Last updated on: June 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape shipping all across the world. As UPS copes with these changes, they continue to modify their pricing accordingly and increase UPS peak surcharges. On May 26, 2020, UPS announced expansions to their Peak Surcharges for international US domestic packages. These modifications are significant and will undoubtedly impact many shippers. This post was updated according to the June 4, 2021, UPS announcement.

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UPS Ground Residential and SurePost – Peak Surcharge

A Peak Surcharge will apply to UPS Ground Residential SurePost packages for qualifying customers whose combined volume of Ground Residential and SurePost packages during the week immediately before the applicable invoicing period exceeded the customer’s average weekly volume 2/2/2020, through 2/29/2020, by more than 25,000 packages. This additional peak surcharge will apply as outlined in the chart below May 31, 2020, until further notice:

UPS® Ground Residential$0.30 per package
UPS® SurePost$0.30 per package
Peak Period (inclusive of starting and ending dates) and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/package)

Large Packages and Additional Handling Peak Surcharge

An additional UPS peak surcharge will apply to parcels that require Additional Handling and Large Packages. But, this is only for customers who have shipped more than 1,000 total packages or more than ten packages that require Additional Handling or Large Packages. The period for this qualification is during any week following February 2020. This peak surcharge will not apply to all UPS shippers! The large package fee will be applied to those with length (longest side) plus girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] combined exceeds 130 inches, or with the length exceeding 96 inches.

Once the threshold for large packages is met, the peak surcharge will apply to all large package shipments regardless of volume for all service levels and beginning May 31, 2020, and until further notice.   

Over Maximum Limit Peak Surcharge

A peak surcharge will also apply to all packages that are Over Maximum Limits. Over maximum limit packages are heavier or larger than usual. Therefore cost UPS more internally to process. They are passing on the cost to the shippers, along with making more profit. These are packages with an actual weight of more than 150 pounds. Additionally, shipments exceeding 108 inches in length or a total of 165 inches in length and girth combined.

International 2020 – 2021 Peak Surcharge Impact

Shipments from China & Hong Kong to the U.S.

The Peak Surcharge that will apply to shipments originating from China Mainland to the U.S. The Peak Surcharge for shipments to the U.S. will apply as a rate per pound based upon the billable weight of the shipment. Peak Period and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/lb)

June 28, 2020 to July 25, 2020July 26, 2020, until further noticeMay 23, 2021, until further notice
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.$1.36 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.$1.36 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Saver®$0.57 per lb.$0.79 per lb.$1.36 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®$0.52 per lb.$0.75 per lb.$1.36 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®$1.36 per lb$1.50 per lb.$1.36 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday$1.36 per lb.$1.59 per lb.$1.36 per lb.
Peak Period (inclusive of starting and ending dates) and Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/lb)

International Peak Surcharge Increases

Service LevelsShipments from Taiwan to the U.SShipments from AU, NZ, and Asia to the U.S.Shipments from Europe to the U.S.Other international from all origins to all destinations
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®$0.57 per lb.$0.45 per lb.$0.18 per lb.$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express®$0.57 per lb.$0.45 per lb.$0.18 per lb.$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Saver®$0.57 per lb.$0.45 per lb.$0.18 per lb.$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®$0.52 per lb.$0.41 per lb.$0.18 per lb.$0.11 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®$1.47 per lb.$1.36 per lb.$0.91 per lb.$0.34 per lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday$1.47 per lb.$1.36 per lb.$0.91 per lb.$0.34 per lb.

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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 www.refundretriever.com or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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