Tough Economy Prompts Shipper to Add Surcharge

Tough economy prompts shipper

A slowing U.S. industrial economy and an increasing consumer demand for low-yielding shipping solutions have squeezed profits for some shippers. To compensate for increased costs, one of the major shippers has added a surcharge to a popular shipping option.

Beginning July 15, FedEx added a $0.25 delivery area surcharge to SmartPost shipping solutions in select ZIP Codes. This surcharge is in addition to expanded surcharges that began on January 7 for other products.

While these surcharges add to the shipping costs for customers who use FedEx services, customers of USPS continue to enjoy surcharge-free deliveries.

To see if the SmartPost surcharge applies to you, click here for the list of affected ZIP Codes.

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