UPS peak surcharges
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UPS Peak Surcharges Announced

UPS announces peak holiday surcharges at different levels for shippers of different volumes; shipping software customers likely not affected

Like all the other carriers that plan to increase rates going into the fourth quarter, UPS has announced peak surcharges for the holiday season. The UPS surcharges will last from October 3rd, 2021 to January 22nd, 2022. We’ve laid them out below for you to see.

What are the UPS Peak Surcharges?

The upcoming UPS surcharges vary based on the amount of package volume a particular UPS shipper has sent since February 2020. According to UPS, surcharges will “apply to certain UPS Air Residential, UPS Ground Residential, and UPS SurePost packages, for all U.S. domestic shipments, for qualifying customers who have shipped more than 25,000 packages during any week following February 2020.”

Here’s the breakdown of the upcoming surcharges for U.S. domestic shipments, based on the volume of a particular shipper since February 2020:

110% to 200% of February 2020 Volume

  • UPS SurePost: $1.15 per package
  • UPS Ground Residential: $1.15 per package
  • UPS Next Day Air Residential: $2.15 per package
  • All Other UPS Air Residential: $2.15 per package

>200% to 300% of February 2020 Volume

  • UPS SurePost: $2.15 per package
  • UPS Ground Residential: $2.15 per package
  • UPS Next Day Air Residential: $3.15 per package
  • All Other UPS Air Residential: $3.15 per package

>300% to 400% of February 2020 Volume

  • UPS SurePost: $3.15 per package
  • UPS Ground Residential: $3.15 per package
  • UPS Next Day Air Residential: $4.15 per package
  • All Other UPS Air Residential: $4.15 per package

>400% to 500% of February 2020 Volume

  • UPS SurePost: $4.15 per package
  • UPS Ground Residential: $4.15 per package
  • UPS Next Day Air Residential: $5.15 per package
  • All Other UPS Air Residential: $5.15 per package

>500% of February 2020 Volume

  • UPS SurePost: $5.15 per package
  • UPS Ground Residential: $5.15 per package
  • UPS Next Day Air Residential: $6.15 per package
  • All Other UPS Air Residential: $6.15 per package

Other Surcharges, Not Affected by Volume

  • Additional Handling: $6 per package
  • Large Package Surcharge: $60 per package
  • Over Maximum Limits: $250 per package

To see the full breakdown of the upcoming UPS peak surcharges (including for shippers sending packages from outside of the United States), check out this PDF that UPS published.

The Surcharges Won’t Affect Most Shipping Software Customers

UPS shippers might freak out when they see these upcoming surcharges, and we can’t blame them! The good news is, if you use shipping software to buy postage online, you likely won’t be subject to these particular price increases. This is thanks to contractual clauses with shipping software companies who have partnered with the UPS Digital Access Program.

If you don’t yet use shipping software to buy your UPS labels (and labels from other carriers like USPS and FedEx), then now is your chance to start. You’ll not only save huge money on your shipments by capturing commercial discounts, but you’ll avoid having to pay a lot of these peak surcharges! To learn more about the many benefits of using shipping software, check out our guide Choosing the Best Shipping Software.

Lastly, if you want to find out which shipping software option best meets your needs, visit our Reviews page. You’ll also see recommendations written by shippers like you for fulfillment partners, custom packaging companies, carriers, and more!


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