Earlier this year, FedEx Corp. announced its plans to decrease the maximum length for the Additional Handling Fee from 60 inches to 48 inches (length of longest side) before the surcharge gets applied. So, effective June 1, 2016, any package with the length of 48 to 108 inches will have a $10.50 per package surcharge applied.

Today, UPS announced that effective June 6, 2016, it would follow suit. The following is posted on the UPS website:

“Effective June 6, 2016, UPS is changing the measurement that determines whether the UPS Additional Handling charge will be applied to UPS® Ground services packages in the U.S. The updated 2016 UPS Rate and Service Guide will be available to download on June 6, 2016.

Any package with the longest side exceeding 48 inches, instead of 60 inches, will be assessed the fee. The Additional Handling fee of $10.50 remains the same. The change does not impact UPS Air or International shipments.

This change is being implemented due to the additional handling required for these types of packages in the UPS network.”

Buried deep within its website, the following is FedEx’s description of the change:

“Additional Handling Surcharge. A surcharge applies to any FedEx Ground® package that measures greater than 48 inches but equal to or less than 108 inches along its longest side. Prior to June 1, 2016, a surcharge applies to any FedEx Ground package that measures greater than 60 inches but equal to or less than 108 inches along its longest side. All other Additional Handling Surcharge size, weight and packaging parameters remain unchanged. The surcharge remains at $10.50 per package. This change applies to shipments within the U.S. and from the U.S. to Canada.”

Keep in mind, on Jan 1, both carriers also applied a nearly 17% increase on the Additional Handling Surcharge when it raised it from $9 per package to $10.50 per package.

This will effectively be the 7th increase that UPS has applied and 6th increase that FedEx has applied in less than 18 months. Download the PDF to see some history from most to least recent.

Many shippers are not aware of these changes and more often than not they are not aware that their shipping costs are soaring. Even those that are aware of the changes are often not familiar with processes to combat these changes.

Thomas Andersen is Partner / Vice President of Supply Chain Service for LJM Consultants, a
leading UPS/FedEx invoice auditing and contract negotiating firm. Thomas has more than 15 years of logistics and transportation experience. His core expertise is negotiating contracts with UPS, FedEx, DHL, and the Regional Carriers. Thomas began his career in the transportation industry with DHL Express, where he served as a Senior Pricing Manager. He attended the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in International Business and an MBA. To speak with Thomas, please call 631.844.9500 or email tandersen@myLJM.com

View UPS May 6.pdf