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UPS Announces 5.9% Increase for 2022: Here’s What You Need to Know

UPS Announces 5.9% Increase for 2022: Here’s What You Need to Know

UPS announced their general rate increase for 2022 and it’s a hefty average of 5.9%. To no one’s surprise, it matches the same substantial jump FedEx announced earlier this month.

UPS’ average rate increases have gone hand in hand with FedEx’s for many years, which also makes this the biggest jump since 2013. 

Here’s a quick look at the increases:

Residential surcharge

Increasing from $4.45 to $4.85

Additional Handling Rates

2021 price per package2022 price per package
Exceed weight limit$25.50$25.25 – $30.50(by zone)*
Exceed dimension limit$16$15.75 – $20.50(by zone)
Non-standard packaging$15.25$14 – $17.50(by zone)

*Some surcharges now assessed based on zone

Large Package Surcharges

2021 price per package2022price per package
Commercial$105$110 – $140(by zone)*
Residential$130$135 – $165(by zone)

*Some surcharges now assessed based on zone

Expect these rates to go into effect immediately after Christmas, on December 26, 2021.

Small Businesses Bear the Brunt

With labor shortages, supply chain problems and continued COVID-19 related logistical problems, you can almost justify the increase as the cost of doing business in today’s world. But UPS stock earnings continue to climb, and the company isn’t shy about sharing their cost-cutting measures.

“We’re not just avoiding costs, we’re taking costs down,” CFO Brian Newman told MarketWatch.

It’s clear that these bigger price increases are meant to pass any costs onto consumers. Unfortunately, already struggling small businesses are likely to bear the brunt of it.

We’re Here to Help

As always, we’re here to help you learn how to offset the rising costs of shipping. We’ve put the data to work for us. The Reveel Shipping Intelligence® platform and our team can help you lower your shipping costs by as much as 30%.

Deep Dive into the UPS GRI

UPS doesn’t make it easy to decipher their pricing—so we did it for them. Download a free copy of our 2022 UPS General Rate Increase Guide to see:

  • Rate increases for common surcharges
  • UPS pricing trends over the last 10 years
  • How to forecast shipping costs with the new rates