UPS to charge extra during peak holiday shipping periods


UPS to charge extra during peak holiday shipping periods

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UPS announced it will begin levying peak surcharges for packages shipped to homes during the busiest periods of the holiday shipping season.

Sandy Springs-based UPS’s surcharges will add 97 cents per packages shipped via second-day air residential service Dec. 17-23.

For next day air residential service, there will be an 81 cent surcharge per package Dec. 17-23.

And packages sent via ground to residences will cost an extra 27 cents if shipped Nov. 19-Dec. 2, or Dec. 17-23.

UPS said the peak surcharges are aimed at covering extra costs it incurs during volume surges, including the cost of adding air and truck cargo capacity, temporary facilities and staff.

“UPS flexes its delivery network to process near double our already massive regular daily volume, and that creates exceptional demands,” UPS chief commercial officer Alan Gershenhorn said in a written statement.

The shipping giant is also adding peak surcharges for larger, heavier or unusually shaped packages that “create even greater operational complexity during high-demand periods,” with UPS encouraging customers shipping such items to use UPS Freight instead of its package shipping service.

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