Purpose: view the surcharges you can expect to encounter during this peak season (2023).
What are peak surcharges?
Black Friday and the Christmas season are right around the corner, resulting in a radical increase in shipping volumes.
Shipping carriers charge peak season surcharges to ensure that service levels and the delivery experience are still maintained despite this influx of increased shipments during this period. These additional fees compensate for the additional costs shopping carriers face, including increased staffing and longer service hours. They are applied in addition to other, regular surcharges.
To provide you with an overview of the peak surcharges you may encounter, we have summarized them for each carrier supported by Sendcloud:
Last updated on October 1, 2023 and until further notice, UPS applies demand surcharges to packages exceeding maximum limits, large packages, and shipments requiring additional handling. This will apply to all packages meeting these specifications originating from 19 European countries and to all destinations.
See below the demand surcharges that apply:
|Prices during peak season
The same conditions as the additional handling surcharge are applicable during the rest of the year, except for the actual maximum weight allowed, which in this case is 25 kg and not 32 kg.
|The same conditions as the large package surcharge are applicable during the rest of the year.
|Over Maximum Limits
The same conditions as the surcharge for exceeding the maximum limits are applicable during the rest of the year.
UPS charges a demand surcharge for shipments to international destinations. The amount of these charges depends on the actual weight of the shipment and the destination. This surcharge applies to all UPS Express and Express Saver shipments within and outside Europe.
International shipments: £0.21 / kg
New Zealand and Australia: £1.77 / kg
North America (US, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico): £0.36 / kg
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Additional Handling Charge specifications
- Any article that is encased in an outside shipping container made of metal or wood
- Any cylindrical item, such as a barrel, drum, pail, or tire, that is not fully encased in a corrugated cardboard shipping container
- Any package with the longest side exceeding 100 cm (39.5") or a second-longest side exceeding 76 cm (30'')
- Any package with an actual weight greater than 25 kg
- Each package in a shipment where the average weight per package is greater than 25 kg and the weight for each package is not specified on the source document or the UPS automated shipping system used.
A package is considered a large package when its length plus girth (girth = 2x width) + (2 x height) combined exceeds 300 cm but does not exceed the maximum UPS size of 400 cm. Large packages are subject to a minimum billable weight of 40 kg in addition to the large package surcharge.
Over maximum limits charge specifications
Packages with an actual weight of more than 70 kg, or that exceed 274 cm in length, or exceed a total of 400 cm in length and girth combined (girth = (2 x width) + (2 x height), are not accepted for transportation. If found in the UPS small package system, they are subject to an additional charge.
For more information about shipping with UPS over the peak season, you can consult the following resources on UPS.com:
During the period 15.11.2023 - 10.01.2024, the carrier charges a surcharge of £0.07 per parcel due to the peak season.
What else do I need to consider?
To ensure your order processing and shipping workflow continues to run as smoothly as possible, you can find more information in the following articles:
- How can I prevent surcharges?
- How to calculate parcel volumetric/dimensional weight
- How can I request a parcel pickup?
- How to ship internationally with Sendcloud
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