Know Your Carrier and Know Your Business During Negotiations
What’s more, newer add-on charges will come into play. These include fuel surcharges on ground shipments, delivery area surcharges on air shipments, excess tracking fees, package return charges and security surcharges.
As of the beginning of this month, fuel surcharges were at an all-time high, they pointed out. For instance, UPS air is 12.5 percent, UPS ground is 3.5 percent, FedEx air is 12 percent, up from 11.5 percent last year, DHL air is 14 percent, which is actually down from 14.5 percent last year, and DHL ground is 3.5 percent. The USPS, of course, has no surcharges.
As for residential surcharges, FedEx air and ground are $2.10, FedEx Home Delivery is $1.75, DHL is $2.10, UPS Ground is $1.75, UPS air is $2.10 and UPS Hundredweight is $20, a new charge this year. DHL and FedEx calculate shippers’ discounts then add on the residential surcharge, while UPS adds the residential surcharge first, then calculates the discount.