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UPS Rate Increases for 2012

Effective January 2, 2012, the published rates for UPS services will be increasing. However, according to UPS, this increase enables them to continually expand and improve their portfolio of solutions, helping serve you and making the services you offer your own customers even better.


UPS Ground services will increase a net 4.9% through a combination of a 5.9% increase in rates and a 1 percentage point reduction in the UPS Ground fuel surcharge.

There are a couple of areas within the rate increase that need closer attention. Even though the increases average is 4.9%, the actual increases are considerably higher for lighter weight shipments. For example, the 1 to 5-pound ground rates for the continental U.S. rose nearly 8%. This will have a huge impact on B-to-C shippers. The other area of concern is the minimum charge increase. Almost every shipper will be affected by the minimum charge and the new minimum charge will be $5.49 – a 6.2% jump. The progression of increases of the minimum has been staggering, up over 30% in five years.
UPS Air and International services will increase a net 4.9% through a combination of a 6.9% increase in rates and a 2 percentage point reduction in the UPS Air and International services fuel surcharge.

UPS Air Freight®

UPS Next Day Air® Freight and UPS 2nd Day Air® Freight rates for shipments within and between U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will increase 5.9%. UPS 3 Day Freight® rates will remain unchanged.

UPS Freight®

UPS Freight announced a general rate increase covering non-contractual LTL shipments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The general rate increase took effect on August 1, 2011.

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