Online Shoppers to Face Higher Shipping Charges with UPS during Holiday Season

The company has established new shipping charges for peak times of the year

Online Shoppers to Face Higher Shipping Charges with UPS during Holiday Season
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June 19, 2017

Bad news for folks who avoid the holiday crowds by shopping online: UPS is going to charge you more for shipping during certain weeks in November and December.

These times are known as "peak" weeks—the busiest times of the year for the shipping company. The new charges are meant to offset the costs that UPS incurs when the number of packages it has to deliver rises sharply.

"We're focused on helping our customers achieve success during some of their most important selling seasons," said UPS Chief Commercial Officer Alan Gershenhorn. "To meet their requirements, UPS flexes its delivery network to process near double our already massive regular daily volume, and that creates exceptional demands."

In order to meet the greater demand, UPS has to temporarily acquire greater air and truck cargo capacity, more facilities, and more sorting and delivery personnel—often for premium rates. In addition, any shipments that are bigger, heavier, or have an unusual shape or size make deliveries more complicated during such high-demand periods.

UPS's new peak charges are as follows:

  • UPS Next Day Air Residential--$0.81 from December 17 through December 23
  • UPS 2nd Day Air Residential and UPS 3 Day Select Residential--$0.97 from December 17 through December 23
  • UPS Ground Residential--$0.27 from November 19 through November 25, November 26 through December 02, and December 17 through December 23

The company will also apply peak surcharges to large packages and those that exceed maximum size limits from November 19 through December 23 in addition to normal surcharges.