UPS announces rate changes in Dec 2016 and Jan 2017

The start of a new year typically signals a change in rates across all postal carriers in the United States, as well as the addition or removing of services from their options. 

Certain UPS rate and service changes went into effect on December 26, 2016, while additional changes took place on January 8, 2017. A change in fuel surcharges goes into effect on February 6, 2017. These changes will impact domestic and international, as well as package and freight services.

All rate change information is sited from Click here to see UPS’ complete rate change notes.

Here is a brief summary of what's changing for ShippingEasy subscribers who have connected their UPS account with ShippingEasy:

Effective December 26, 2016:

  • Retail rates for UPS Air Service,
  • UPS 3 Day Select and
  • International Air services
  • UPS SurePost rates


UPS will change the dimensional weight calculation for U.S. domestic services. UPS Standard from Canada import packages is subject to UPS Daily rates.

  • U.S. domestic services packages that are greater than 1,728 cubic inches will use a 139 divisor to calculate dimensional weight.
  • U.S. domestic services packages less than or equal to 1,728 cubic inches will continue to use a 166 divisor to calculate dimensional weight.
  • UPS Standard from Canada import shipments will use a 139 divisor to calculate dimensional weight.
  • Additional Handling charge will be assessed for any package with the longest side exceeding 48 inches, instead of 60 inches.

Request for Refunds:

Effective January 8, 2017, transactional requests for refunds under the UPS Service Guarantee will not be paid where timely upload of package-level detail is not provided, as set forth in the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service.

Effective February 6, 2017:

  • U.S. fuel surcharge will be adjusted weekly.
  • U.S. Import fuel surcharge percentage will increase and be assessed independently of U.S. Air and Export fuel surcharge.

California Compliance surcharge:

UPS Freight implemented a California Compliance surcharge of $5.95 per shipment effective November 21, 2016. This surcharge applies to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments picked up or delivered in the state of California and will compensate UPS Freight for administrative cost associated with complying with California state regulation.


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