- UPS - Effective December 24, 2017, UPS Ground, UPS Air and International services rose by an average net 4.9 percent. UPS Air Freight rates, within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, also rose an average net 4.9 percent.
- FedEx - Effective January 1, 2018, FedEx Express package and freight standard list rates rose by an average of 4.9 percent for U.S., U.S. export and U.S. import services. FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery standard list rates also rose by an average of 4.9 percent.
- USPS - Effective January 21, 2018, mailing services products will increase 1.9 percent on average and shipping services products will average a 3.9 percent increase. First-Class 1 ounce letter stamp will rise to $0.50 (from $0.49), and metered letters rise to $0.47 (from $0.46).
- Commercial Base prices will, on average, reflect a 9.4 percent discount off of retail prices.
- Commercial Plus prices will average 12.7 percent off retail prices.
Sending tipsRecommendations for mailing and shipping optimization include:
- Address correction: Incomplete or incorrect addresses, like invalid house numbers or missing Zip Codes, can be problematic and costly. If a destination address does not match the corresponding address in a carrier's system, an address correction fee may be charged. Office shipping technology verifies addresses and can help businesses - from small offices to large enterprises - avoid fees.
- Dimensional (DIM) weight rating: In addition to charging for weight and distance, carriers often include DIM charges based on the height, width and length of the package, so using the smallest package possible is ideal. Multi-depth shipping boxes can be cut to size, and help senders avoid the added expense of fillers, like foam peanuts or sealed airbags.
- Peak shipping charges: Peak surcharges may arise during high-demand periods, and with residential or heavy packages. Multi-carrier shipping software can be used to compare prices and delivery choices, simplifying the task of viewing and selecting carrier options.