As the holiday season approaches, businesses alike brace themselves for the annual surge in shipping demands. With e-commerce continuing its meteoric rise, the pressure on major carriers such as USPS, FedEx, and UPS intensifies each year.
The 2023 peak season is no exception. These carriers often introduce peak season surcharges to manage the overwhelming volume and maintain service quality. ShipSaving will delve into the specifics of these surcharges for 2023, comparing and contrasting the policies of USPS, FedEx, and UPS.
Peak season charges are additional fees imposed by shipping and logistics companies during specific times of the year when the demand for shipping services is exceptionally high. These periods are typically around the holiday season, from late October to early January.
Purpose of Peak Season Charges:
This article serves as a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the peak season surcharges effectively.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is all set to ensure a seamless delivery experience during the upcoming holiday season.
Remarkably, USPS stands out by not levying any holiday surcharges, ensuring that customers can enjoy the most affordable mailing and shipping services. This commitment to affordability means no additional fees for residential area delivery or Saturday delivery during the holiday season.
Starting Sept. 4, 2023, FedEx has rebranded all surcharges previously named "peak" to "demand". These Demand Surcharges will be applied primarily to residential, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Express packages.
In light of the new Demand Surcharges introduced by UPS this year, it is crucial for shippers to note that a package will incur a large package fee if the combined measurement of its length (longest side) and girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] surpasses 130 inches, or if its length alone exceeds 96 inches.
Furthermore, it's worth noting that UPS does not apply its Peak Season Surcharges to merchants on ShipSaving! With discounted rates and no Peak Season Surcharges, enjoy flexible and reliable delivery options this holiday season and save more when you ship UPS!
Understanding peak season surcharges is crucial for businesses alike to make informed decisions and navigate the increased costs and delays during high-demand periods effectively.