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What’s Next For Shippers – 2024 FedEx & UPS GRI Analysis

In true duopoly fashion, FedEx and UPS have announced the same GRI for 2024 at 5.9%. Down 1% from 2023’s 6.9% general rate increase.

Remember: The 5.9% average General Rate Increase is just that. General. An average of the rate increases across the board. So if you’re taking 5.9% and running with it for budgeting, it won’t be accurate.

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2024 UPS General Rate Increase (GRI) Details
  • Base UPS Rate Increases – Some express services are hovering in the 7% range – well over the 5.9% announced general rate increase average.
  • UPS Additional Handling & Large Packages – Domestic charges are zone-based for additional handling and large packages. Last year, these increases started at 13% and now they start at 18%
  • UPS Residential Delivery Surcharge – A key difference in FedEx and UPS GRI this year is in this category. UPS increased their residential surcharges/fees by 7.6% for Ground and 6% for Air. FedEx matched them on Air/Express® at 6%, but they only increased their Ground® Residential Fee by 1%. UPS is making it clear that Ground® residential packages aren’t efficient for them.
  • UPS Delivery Area Surcharges – UPS Delivery Area Surcharges (DAS) will increase at a minimum of 6.8% for Ground services and up to 5.5% for Air. DAS’s are billed based on which zip codes each package is delivered to. It’s one of those ‘destination-based’ charges, and while you can’t control where your customers want packages shipped, you can make some adjustments on your end to help lower the cost.

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2024 FedEx General Rate Increase (GRI) Details
  • Base FedEx Rate Increases – Some express services are hovering in the 7% range – well over the 5.9% announced average general rate increase.
  • Zone-Based Additional Handling & Oversize Surcharges – If you ship heavy packages, weight and dimensions-based fees are up as much as 21%. Zone-based charges to calculate additional handling and oversize fees are here to stay. And anything being shipped to zone 7+ or higher will get tacked with charges that pack an extra punch. Zones 7+ will see price increases of 20%. On average, the Additional Handling Surcharge is going up 19.6%. Oversize fees are up 19.6% for Express/Ground and 20.1% for Home Delivery.
  • FedEx Residential Delivery Surcharge – The average Residential Delivery Surcharge for FedEx Ground® is lower than the announced average at 1%. But Express shippers aren’t so lucky. They’ll see a 6% increase.
  • FedEx Delivery Area Surcharges – DAS fees for Express shippers are up 5.3%+. 7.5% for FedEx Ground®. The 2023 Delivery Area Surcharge Remote Fee® has a massive $14.25 price tag for Ground and Express. $71.25 for Maximum charge with Ground/Express Multiweight Pricing!

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How to Reduce Your Shipping Costs From the 2024 GRI

Sifted offers a variety of GRI Tools to help shippers respond to the general rate increase for UPS and FedEx. Start by downloading our free 2024 FedEx & UPS GRI Analysis.

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