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Understanding UPS, FedEx small package rate increases

Every year small package carriers FedEx and UPS evaluate their shipping rates and make adjustments that can have a substantial effect on you and your business. The UPS rate increases will be effective December 28, 2015, while the new FedEx rates take effect on January 4, 2016. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the new year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights, and modes.

Here are some quick facts:

• FedEx Express package rates are increasing an average of 4.9% for U.S., U.S export, and U.S. import services.

• UPS Air and International package rates are increasing an average of 5.2%.

• FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are increasing an average of 4.9%.

• UPS Ground rates are increasing an average of 4.9%.

The important takeaway when thinking about your shipping expenses in 2016 is that the announced average increases paint an inaccurate picture of the true impact these new rates could have on your business. The small package shipping experts at PartnerShip® have dug into the details and analyzed the new rate tables to assess the true impact to shippers and help you make sense of these changes. Learn more about how the 2016 rate increases will affect your shipping costs by downloading the free white paper at PartnerShip.com/RateIncrease.

This tip is brought to you by PartnerShip, the company that manages the Retail Council Shipping Program. For more information or to enroll, visit PartnerShip.com/56rcnys, email sales@PartnerShip.com, or call 800-599-2902.