Carrier Peak Season Surcharges

What are peak surcharges?

Peak surcharges are additional fees charged by carriers due to the increased cost of shipping during the holiday season. The charges vary by carrier and are different each year.

How long do the peak surcharges last?

The effective dates of the surcharges will differ by carrier.

FedEx:        September 5, 2022 – January 15, 2023

UPS:           October 2, 2022 – January 14, 2023

Amazon:     October 15, 2022 – January 15, 2023

USPS:        October 2, 2022 – January 22, 2023

What are the peak surcharges :

 

UPS peak surcharges:

Beginning October 30, shippers billed for more than 20,000 packages will see a “Peak/Demand Surcharge” applied to certain UPS Air Residential, Ground Residential and SurePost shipments.

The surcharge is based on your baseline volume. Your baseline volume is the average weekly volume from June 5 through July 2 for the applicable shipping service. The surcharge is then applied on a weekly basis to all packages you’ve sent over 105% of the baseline volume for each service. UPS will use the average weekly volume from September 4 to October 2 instead, if it is less than 80% of the June-July period’s volume.

 

Effective October 30, 2022: UPS per-package peak surcharge, based on shipments over shipper’s ‘baseline volume’.

  >105% to 125% >125% to 150% >150% to 200% >200% to 300% >300% to 400% >400%
UPS SurePost $1.25 $1.75 $2.00 $2.50 $4.25 $6.00
UPS Ground
Residential
$1.25 $1.75 $2.00 $2.50 $4.25 $6.00
UPS Next Day Air
Residential
$2.25 $2.75 $3.00 $3.50 $5.25 $7.00
All Other UPS Air
Residential
$2.25 $2.75 $3.00 $3.50 $5.25 $7.00

 

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*Discounts off UPS daily rates. Rates are limited to shipping from the U.S. only. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.

 

 

FedEx peak surcharges:

 

Surcharge name1 Applicable services Surcharge amount Effective date
Peak — Additional Handling
Surcharge
U.S. Express Package Services,
U.S. Ground Services,
International Ground Service
$3.45 per package
$6.55 per package
Sept. 5, 2022–Oct. 2, 2022
Oct. 3, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023
Peak — Oversize Charge U.S. Express Package Services,
U.S. Ground Services,
International Ground Service
$39.50 per package
$68.75 per package
Sept. 5, 2022–Oct. 2, 2022
Oct. 3, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023
Peak — Ground Unauthorized
Package Charge
U.S. Ground Services,
International Ground Service
$385.00 per package Oct. 3, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023
Peak Surcharge FedEx Ground® Economy
Package Services2
$1.50 per package
$2.50 per package
$1.50 per package
Oct. 31, 2022–Nov. 27, 2022
Nov. 28, 2022–Dec. 11, 2022
Dec. 12, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023
Peak — Residential Delivery
Charge
FedEx Express and FedEx
Ground U.S. domestic residential
packages (excluding FedEx Ground
Economy and FedEx One Rate® packages).
See Peaking Factor Chart below Oct. 31, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023

The FedEx Peak - Residential Delivery Charge will dynamically each week. Click here to learn more about how your weekly shipping volume affects your Peaking Factor.

 

Peak – Residential Deliver Charge per Package by Peaking Factor
  >105%–125% >125%–150% >150%–200% >200%–300% >300%–400% >400%
FedEx Ground® $1.25 $1.75 $2.00 $2.50 $4.25 $6.00
FedEx Express® $2.25 $2.75 $3.00 $3.50 $5.25 $7.00

 

 

Amazon peak surcharges:

 

Size tier Shipping weight Peak base rate Peak fulfillment fee
(including fuel and inflation surcharge)1
Small standard 6 oz or less $3.12 $3.28
6+ to 12 oz $3.27 $3.43
12+ to 16 oz $3.79 $3.98
Large standard 6 oz or less $3.84 $4.03
6+ to 12 oz $4.07 $4.27
12+ to 16 oz $4.82 $5.06
1+ to 2 lb $5.44 $5.71
2+ to 3 lb $6.29 $6.60
3+ lb to 20 lb $6.63 + $0.30/lb above first 3 lb $6.96 + $0.32/lb above first 3 lb
Small oversize2 70 lb or less $9.94 + $0.38/lb above first lb $10.44 + $0.40/lb above first lb
Medium oversize2 150 lb or less $15.23 + $0.44/lb above first lb $15.99 + $0.46/lb above first lb
Large oversize 150 lb or less $85.08 + $0.79/lb above first 90 lb $89.33 + $0.83/lb above first 90 lb
Special oversize Over 150 lb $153.44 + $0.79/lb above first 90 lb $161.11 + $0.83/lb above first 90 lb

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