As Costs Rise, UPS Adds Holiday Shipping Fees for U.S. Customers
Last minute holiday shopping might be stressful for consumers, but it's quite literally millions of times more exhausting for shipping companies. As more holiday shoppers complete their purchases online, costs for the companies that have to deliver those products—UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service—continue to skyrocket.
Now, in an unprecedented move aimed at helping to offset some of their expenses, UPS announced it will begin charging peak surcharges for U.S. residential deliveries during the holiday season. According to a USA Today report, the charges will range from 27 cents to 97 cents per package and will be applied to individual and commercial customers shipping to U.S. residences at certain times in November and December. This is the first time that UPS has ever tacked on a "holiday shipping fee."
During the last two weeks of November—the week prior to and after Black Friday—and the week before Christmas, UPS will charge an extra 27 cents per package delivered. Additionally, from December 17 to 23, they'll add on an 81 cent surcharge for next-day air and a 97 cent fee for second- and third-day air deliveries.