What is a Saturday delivery charge?

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A Saturday delivery charge is an added fee to shipping services from shipping carriers to deliver a package to a recipient on Saturday, rather than usual business days of Monday-Friday.

Many variables come into play here, but shipping carriers UPS and FedEx charge the shipper an added "Saturday delivery charge" if they want packages to arrive on Saturday instead of waiting for the next business day.

Saturday delivery charge for USPS

Currently, USPS doesn't charge a Saturday delivery charge on letters and packages. According to their Priority Mail page, they claim "No surcharges for fuel or residential, rural, and regular Saturday delivery".

Saturday delivery charge for FedEx

Saturday delivery is available from FedEx in most of the U.S. The current listed price for the Saturday delivery charge is $16. This may be subject to change. Learn how to connect your FedEx account with ShippingEasy.

The Saturday deliveries can be made with the following services:

  • FedEx First Overnight 
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • FedEx 2Day services
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • FedEx Same day (Assuming flights are available and on time.)

Learn more about FedEx additional charges information.

Saturday delivery charge for UPS

For shipments that are critical, time wise, UPS offers Saturday delivery. The premium charge for this is listed as $16 but may be subject to change. Learn how to connect your UPS account with ShippingEasy.

  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air Early (one hour later) 
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
NOTE: Saturday deliveries may be unavailable based on your delivery location. Check for delivery areas to be sure!

Learn more about UPS added value page.

Is it worth it?

Ultimately, it's up to you and your customers' needs. If you send hundreds of shipments a week and several of them need to arrive on Saturday, it can impact your shipping costs and/or your clients. If you need to make sure just a few packages arrive on the weekend, Saturday delivery can be a great addition to your shipping arsenal.

Remember to always double check shipping areas and verify current Saturday shipping costs with the links given in this article (or the more up to date links found on the respective UPS/FedEx website should this one be out of date.)


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