FedEx announces price hikes, adding holiday season surcharges

Published: Friday, November 9, 2018

FedEx has announced its general rate increases for 2019, bumping up its ground, express and home delivery services by an average of 4.9% as of Jan. 7, while also adding some holiday season surcharges and increasing others next year. Rival UPS has yet to announce its 2019 rates.

Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 24, FedEx is adding a $3.20 additional handling surcharge on U.S. express and ground services and international ground services. It is also adding a $150 unauthorized package charge during the same period for US and international ground, and a $27.50 oversized charge on US and international ground and US express services.

FedEx Freight, the company’s less-than-truckload (LTL) division, is increasing its rates an average of 5.9% as of Jan. 7. UPS has advised customers to make other plans for LTL shipments as of last week in the event of a potential Teamsters strike.

The company said FedEx SmartPost, its last-mile service handled by the US Postal Service, will be increasing in 2019 as well, although a figure was not given.

These increases are in addition to an increase in FedEx’s additional handling surcharge on packages weighing more than 70 lbs. from $12 to $20 as of Sept. 3, for US and international ground and express services, and increases in its fuel surcharges as of Sept. 10. More FedEx surcharge increases as of Jan. 7, including for same-day service, are detailed here.