August 2021 - Carrier Peak Season Surcharges

Here is a breakdown of each of the major carriers and the surcharges that will be put into effect starting October 2021.  


UPS predicts that holiday package volume will exceed their capacity by 5 million parcels daily. That is big. To ramp up for that they have increased peak season surcharges that are deemed “indefinite.”  

Over this summer, the average daily volume for domestic packages fell 3% YoY. This was mostly due to a lower SurePost volume (down 1.3 million packages per day). Simultaneously, Saturday Ground delivery volume grew 13% YoY in the last few months.  

Read the full list of UPS surcharges


Very similar to last year, the FedEx services most impacted by their peak season surcharge increases include oversize, additional handling, unauthorized packages, and high-volume residential. The Ground Economy service (formerly SmartPost) will have a $3 surcharge for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday rush (from Nov 29- Dec 12).  

Read the full list of FedEx peak season surcharges.  


The Postal Service announced a temporary rate adjustment for many services during the 2021 holiday season. These rates will be in effect October 18 through December 27 and affect all services. The announcement stated that these rate increases are in line with competitive industry prices. Retail and international products are unaffected by these changes. 

Read the full USPS announcement.  


Following the trend of the other major carriers, DHL announced additional charges during the holiday rush season. Effective October 3 through December 25, 2021, sellers can expect peak season surcharges added to all of DHL's main shipping services.  

Read the full list of DHL peak surcharges

Below are the surcharges that affect the major services: