What is the Delivery Area Surcharge?

Discover the Delivery Area Surcharge from UPS, FedEx and DHL
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Last update:

April 5, 2024

Have you ever encountered unexpected fees when shipping to remote or rural areas? Are you familiar with the delivery area surcharge and their impact on your shipping expenses? In this article, we'll delve into UPS, FedEx, and DHL's delivery area surcharge, exploring the various costs you might encounter.


UPS Delivery Area Surcharge

The delivery area surcharge is an additional fee implemented by UPS to deliver packages to regions considered challenging or expensive to access. Determined by the zip code, this fee is instituted to help UPS cover the expenses incurred, including extra time, fuel, and labor costs associated with delivering to these locations. UPS announced that the list of zip codes to which the delivery area surcharge applies will change, and it will be effective on April 8, 2024.

UPS Extended Delivery Area Surcharge (EDAS)

UPS will impose an extra fee for every shipment picked up or delivered within an extended region identified by specific zip codes.


UPS Remote Area Surcharge

The Remote Area Surcharge is applied to deliveries made to specific zip codes in Alaska and Hawaii, with a fee of $40.50 in Alaska and $14.15 in Hawaii. This fee is incurred for areas beyond UPS extended zones, where pickups and deliveries pose greater challenges. Additionally, it applies to both domestic and international services, including UPS simple rate shipments.


FedEx Delivery Area Surcharge

Similar to UPS, FedEx imposes a delivery area surcharge to cover the extra expenses associated with delivering packages to specific locations determined by zip code. These charges are mainly due to factors like increased distance, insufficient infrastructure, or difficulties in accessing these areas. The fee is implemented to account for the additional resources needed to ensure these deliveries are made and to maintain a consistent standard of service quality.Β 

In addition, FedEx also announced zip code changes and will apply effective April 15, 2024.


DHL Remote Area Surcharge

Unlike UPS and FedEx, DHL does not implement a delivery area surcharge. However, they do apply a remote area surcharge for delivering to locations that present challenges and lie beyond DHL's typical pickup and delivery routes. Determined by zip codes, these areas may include distant towns, secluded islands, or thinly populated rural regions.Β 


Tips to reduce or minimize Delivery Area Surcharge

When dealing with carrier surcharges, you can try to negotiate lower rates with your carrier if you frequently ship to specific areas. Additionally, comparing different carriers can help identify those without surcharges for your delivery locations.

Another option is to utilize third-party services like ShipSaving, which specializes in navigating complex shipping rules and may offer competitive rates. These strategies enable businesses to streamline shipping processes and effectively manage surcharge costs.

Written on:

April 5, 2024
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