UPS brings in peak surcharges

Thanks to the pandemic spike in deliveries, UPS is introducing Peak Surcharges in the US from May 31.

The surcharges are aimed at high volume shippers and those that send oversized items. These are usually only used during the peak online shopping season around Christmas.

UPS stated on its website: “From May 31 until further notice, one or more Peak Surcharges will apply to certain U.S. domestic packages.  For details on all applicable Peak Surcharges, view the 2020 Peak Surcharges link below.

“As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, Peak Surcharges are subject to change and Peak Periods may be extended or otherwise changed. The latest information on Peak Surcharges will be available at”

For Ground Residential and SurePost packages, if a shipper’s volume the preceding week has been more than 25,000 packages greater than the shipper’s average daily volume in February then a charge of $0.30 is to be imposed.

For oversized items there is to be a large parcel surcharge of $31.45 per package. UPS explains the changes: “Our goal is to ensure businesses and customers are able to meet their shipping needs while demand has increased for shipping services.”