On trend with year’s past, shipping carriers have implemented rate increases across the board for 2020. We understand that it is important for the success and growth of your business to strategize appropriately and these rate changes will certainly affect your shipping strategy.
The carriers state that shipping rate increases occur each year in an effort to keep their service levels high, employ staff and to support expansion and capability enhancements. We have provided a brief overview of the changes you’ll see in the New Year for each carrier below.
UPS implemented their increased rates on December 29th, 2019, before the new year even started. UPS Ground, Air and International services have increased 4.9%. They have also started to add fees for billing changes, shipping prohibited items and undeliverable packages, as well as adding more area zip codes to delivery area surcharges. You can find all of their 2020 updates here: https://www.ups.com/us/en/shipping/rates-update.page?WT.mc_id=VAN701700
FedEx rate increases went into effect on January 6th, 2020 and are in line with the UPS rate increases. FedEx Express, Ground and Home Delivery have increased an average of 4.9% and FedEx Freight has increased approximately 5.9%. Furthermore, they have continued to charge higher fees for large packages and packages being delivered to extended delivery areas. You can find all of their 2020 updates here: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/current-rates.html
DHL shipping rate increases went into effect January 1st, 2020 and you can expect to see an average of 5.9%. You can find their entire 2020 shipping services guide here: http://www.dhl-usa.com/content/dam/downloads/us/express/shipping/rate_guides/dhl_express_service_rate_guide_us_en.pdf
The United States Postal Service rate increases are the smallest and will not go into effect until January 26th, 2020. Overall, the mailing services product prices will increase approximately 1.9%, while shipping services will see an average 3.5% rate increase. You can find all of their 2020 updates here: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2019/1009-usps-announces-new-prices-for-2020.htm
As a TAGG client, you will receive our high-volume shipping discounts and we continue to review and negotiate internally to ensure we are giving our clients the best rate possible. If you have further questions, feel free to give us a call to discuss.