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2021 Guide to COVID-19 Surcharges and Rate Changes

In 2021, parcel carriers continue to implement a number of surcharges and rate increases due to COVID-19 and peak volume – don’t miss them!

In addition to general rate increases, carriers have continued to adopt and increase COVID-19 and peak volume related surcharges. Below, we’ve collected many of the more notable changes announced thus far.

COVID-19 Related Surcharges

COVID-19 SurchargesFedExOnTracUPS
Peak Oversize Charge
FedEx: Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
OnTrac: Aug. 23, 2020 – Oct. 31, 2020
UPS: Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$30$31.45$31.45
Peak Residential Delivery
FedEx: Feb. 15, 2021 – TBD
UPS: Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$0.30$0.30
SmartPost® / SurePost®
FedEx: Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
UPS: Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$0.75$0.30
UPS Worldwide SurchargesSee Next Chart

UPS Worldwide COVID-19 Related Surcharges

COVID-19 Surcharges:
UPS Worldwide Surcharges
China Mainland → U.S.Hong Kong SAR → U.S.AU, NZ, Other Asia Origins → U.S.All Other INT Origins → All Destinations
UPS Worldwide Express Plus®, UPS Worldwide Express®, & UPS Worldwide Saver®
Dec. 27, 2020 – TBD$1.13 / lb$1.13 / lb$0.45 / lb$0.18 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Expedited®
Dec. 27, 2020 – TBD$1.09 / lb$1.09 / lb$0.41 / lb$0.18 / lb.
UPS Worldwide Express Freight®, & UPS Worldwide Express Freight® Midday
Dec. 27, 2020 – TBD$1.93 / lb$1.93 / lb$1.36 / lb$0.91 / lb.

FedEx Surcharges and Rate Changes

FedEx Surcharges and Rate Changes20212020DIFF – $DIFF – %
Additional Handling
Dimension$16.00$15.00$1.006.67%
Weight$25.50$24.00$1.506.25%
Packaging$14.00$13.00$1.007.69%
Address Correction$18.00$17.00$1.005.88%
Collect On Delivery (COD)$16.50$15.50$1.006.45%
Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials
General Hazardous Materials$39.00$37.00$2.005.41%
Dry Ice$6.15$5.85$0.305.13%
Accessible$115.00$105.00$10.009.52%
Inaccessible$54.50$51.50$3.005.83%
Delivery Area Surcharge
Residential – Express/Ground$4.70$4.40$0.306.82%
Extended Residential – Express/Ground$5.90$5.40$0.509.62%
Commercial – Express$3.25$3.10$0.154.84%
Extended Commercial – Express$3.85$3.60$0.256.94%
Commercial – Ground$3.10$2.95$0.155.08%
Extended Commercial – Ground$3.70$3.45$0.257.25%
Home Delivery – Residential$4.35$4.00$0.358.75%
Email Return Label$1.05$1.05$0.000%
ExpressTag®$6.45$6.10$0.355.74%
Ground Unauthorized Pkg Charge$920.00$875.00$45.005.14%
Large Pkg / Oversize
Express/Ground$105.00$100.00$5.005.00%
Home Delivery/Residential$130.00$120.00$10.008.33%
Residential Delivery/Pickup
Express/Ground/International$4.95$4.65$0.306.45%
Home Delivery$4.35$4.00$0.358.75%
Residential Pickup Charge$160.00$150.00$10.006.67%
Signature
Adult Signature$6.70$6.35$0.355.51%
Direct Signature$5.55$5.25$0.305.71%

FedEx Peak Surcharges

FedEx Peak Surcharges20212020DIFF – $DIFF – %
SmartPost®
Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD$0.75$1.00-$0.25-25.00%
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Express/Ground/International
Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
$3.00$4.90-$1.90-38.78%
Peak Oversize Charge
Express/Ground/International
Jan. 18, 2021 – TBD
$30.00$52.50-$22.50-42.86%

UPS Surcharges and Rate Changes

UPS Surcharges and Rate Changes20212020DIFF – $DIFF – %
Additional Handling
Dimension$16.00$15.00$1.006.67%
Weight$25.50$24.00$1.506.25%
Packaging$15.25$14.25$1.007.02%
Address Correction$18.00$17.00$1.005.88%
Collect On Delivery (COD)$16.50$15.50$1.006.45%
Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials
General Hazardous Materials$39.00$37.00$2.005.41%
Dry Ice$6.15$5.85$0.305.13%
Accessible$115.00$105.00$10.009.52%
Inaccessible$54.50$51.50$3.005.83%
Delivery Area Surcharge
Residential – Ground$4.30$4.00$0.307.50%
Residential – Air$4.70$4.40$0.306.82%
Extended Residential – Ground$5.90$5.40$0.509.26%
Extended Residential – Air$5.90$5.40$0.509.26%
Commercial – Ground$3.10$2.95$0.155.08%
Commercial – Air$3.25$3.10$0.154.84%
Extended Commercial – Ground$3.70$3.45$0.257.25%
Extended Commercial – Air$3.85$3.60$0.256.94%
Large Pkg / Oversize
Domestic Residential
Length + Girth >130” OR Length >96”
$130.00$120.00$10.008.33%
Domestic Commercial
Length + Girth >130” OR Length >96”
$105.00$100.00$5.005.00%
International
Length + Girth >130” OR Length >96”
$105.00$100.00$5.005.00%
Missing/Invalid Account Number or Refusal Fee$18.00$17.00$1.005.88%
Over Maximum Limits$920.00$875.00$45.005.14%
Pickup
Daily On-Route Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$31.00$29.00$2.006.90%
Daily On-Route Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.50$14.50$1.006.90%
Daily Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$33.00$31.00$2.006.45%
Daily Pickup
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$16.50$15.55$1.006.45%
Daily Specific Pickup – 1-2 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$15.45$14.45$1.006.92%
Daily Specific Pickup – 1-2 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.45$14.45$1.006.92%
Daily Specific Pickup – 3 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$24.30$22.30$2.008.97%
Daily Specific Pickup – 3 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.45$14.45$1.006.92%
Daily Specific Pickup – 4 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn $0-$74.99
$31.00$29.00$2.006.90%
Daily Specific Pickup – 4 Days
Wkly Billing Btwn >$75.00
$15.50$14.50$1.006.90%
Smart Pickup®$15.45/wk$14.45/wk$1.006.92%
Residential Delivery/Pickup
Ground / Standard$4.45$4.10$0.358.54%
Domestic / International Air$5.00$4.70$0.306.38%
Hundredweight$43.20$41.85$1.353.23%
Worldwide Express Freight$160.00$140.00$20.0014.29%
Signature
Adult Signature$6.70$6.35$0.355.51%
Direct Signature$5.55$5.25$0.305.71%

UPS Peak Surcharges

UPS Peak Surcharges20202019DIFF – $DIFF – %
Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/pkg)
Nov. 15, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
110% – 200% of February volume
$1.00$1.00$0.000.00%
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
>200% – 300% of February volume
$2.00$2.00$0.000.00%
Peak SurePost® / Ground Residential
>300% of February volume
$3.00$3.00$0.000.00%
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
110% – 200% of February volume
$2.00$2.00$0.000.00%
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
>200% – 300% of February volume
$3.00$3.00$0.000.00%
Next Day Air & All Other Air (Residential)
>300% of February volume
$4.00$4.00$0.000.00%
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$5.00$5.00$0.000%
Peak Over Maximum Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$250.00$250.00$0.000%
Peak Large Package Surcharge
Oct. 4, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
$50.00$50.00$0.000%

USPS Peak Rates Increases & Surcharges

USPS Peak Rate Increases20212020DIFF – $DIFF – %
Applicable Peak Surcharge ($/pkg)
Oct. 18, 2020 – Dec. 27, 2020
Parcel Select Lightweight$0.24
First Class Package Commercial$0.25
Priority Mail Commercial$0.40
Parcel Select
Parcel Select Ground /
Parcel Select DSCF /
Parcel Select DNDC
$0.40
Priority Mail Express Commercial$1.50
Priority Flat Rate Increase
Includes: Flat Rate Envelope, Legal Flat Rate Envelope, Padded Flat Rate Envelope, Small/Medium/Large Flat Rate Box, APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
$0.40

Regional Carrier Surcharges and Rate Changes

LaserShip Peak Surcharges

LaserShip Peak Surcharges20212020DIFF – $DIFF – %
Peak Residential Surcharge
Nov. 21, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020
110% – 200% of Baseline Volume$1.00
>200% – 300% of Baseline Volume$2.00
>300% of Baseline Volume$3.00

OnTrac Peak Surcharges

OnTrac Peak Surcharges20212020DIFF – $DIFF – %
Peak Additional Handling Surcharge
Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD
$3.00$5.00-$2.00-40.00%
Peak Large Package Surcharge
Jan. 17, 2021 – TBD$31.45$37.50-$6.05-16.13%

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