December 11, 2018

UPS® Announces 4.9 Percent Rate Increase on Parcels

UPS just announced that their new shipping rates will go into effect shortly after the holiday season on December 26, 2018.  On average UPS rates will go up 4.9% for Ground, Air and International services, just like their counterpart FedEx, whose rates are scheduled to go into effect January 7. 

Why the increase? According to the UPS this general rate increase is to “support ongoing expansion and capabilities enhancements while ensuring UPS is fairly compensated for the value and high service levels provided.”

For freight and international shippers there are more rate changes to go into effect December 31, 2018. The Domestic Air Fuel Surcharge will increase by 0.25%. And effective December 26, 2018, the rates for UPS Air Freight within and between the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico will increase an average of net 4.9%. 

You can find more information about the parcel rate change on the UPS website. Sign up to stay on the email list for our upcoming webinar on how to navigate the parcel rate changes in the new year. 

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Released by UPS December 7, 2018

Effective December 26, 2018

  • The rates for UPS Ground, UPS Air and International services will increase an average net 4.9%.
  • Fuel surcharges will apply to Additional Handling, Over Maximum Limits, Signature Required and Adult Signature Required accessorials.
  • A processing fee of $2.00 per package will be charged when Package Level Detail (PLD) is not provided to UPS prior to delivery.
  • The rates for certain value-added services and other charges will increase.


January 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm
Janie Stevens
will my neopost machine automatically update to the new rates?
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January 14, 2019 at 9:43 am
Hi Janie, if you have rate change protection your postage meter will alert you when the new rates are available and what you need to do to update. For more information on checking if you have rate change protection or how to update your specific machine please go here:
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December 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm
What is the definition ofPLD?
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December 14, 2018 at 9:05 am
Hi Emily, PLD is package level detail and it is the shipping and package data that UPS WorldShip sends to the UPS. You can find more information here:
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December 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm
Thank You!
December 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm
Dorothy Willis
Strange,earlier today I just read that first class rates will be effective January 27, 2019. That first class stamps will be 55 cents & metered first class will be 50 cents. I understand that postcards will remain at .35. Is this correct?
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December 14, 2018 at 9:01 am
Hi Dorothy, you are correct the USPS rates will go into effect Jan 27, 2019 and First-Class stamps will be 55 cents and metered First-Class mail will be 50 cents, postcards will remain 35 cents, the UPS rates on the other hand will go into effect Dec 26, 2018.
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December 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm
Dorothy Willis
Thank you. Got it now.
December 13, 2018 at 12:07 pm
keith biber
You may need to check your dates for the increase. you state rate increases for December 26, 2019, December 31, 2019 and December 26, 2018. Is it this year or a year from now?
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December 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm
Hi Keith, good catch, they go into effect December 26, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Thank you,
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