FedEx scraps most Christ­mas sur­charges

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

MEM­PHIS — FedEx will forgo spe­cial charges for most pack­ages shipped dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son this year as it squares off against ri­val UPS in a fight for a larger share of the mil­lions of items now bought on­line.

The an­nounce­ment Thurs­day comes two months af­ter UPS an­nounced new sur­charges that will af­fect ship­ments near Black Fri­day and the hol­i­days. United Par­cel Ser­vice Inc. said it would add 27 cents for res­i­den­tial de­liv­er­ies from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 17-23. It will add a fee of be­tween 81 and 97 cents to overnight, sec­ond- or third-day de­liv­er­ies for res­i­den­tial de­liv­er­ies Dec. 17-23. There are other charges for over­sized pack­ages.

In ad­di­tion, UPS will charge a peak sur­charge on some in­ter­na­tional air-ship­ping routes.

FedEx said Thurs­day that it will only charge ex­tra for pack­ages that need ad­di­tional han­dling, are unau­tho­rized or are over­sized.

The FedEx Corp. sur­charge for spe­cial pack­ages will be in ef­fect Nov. 20 through Dec. 24. The sur­charge for ad­di­tional han­dling will be raised by $3 per pack­age, for over­size goods by $25 per pack­age and for unau­tho­rized ship­ments by $300 per pack­age.

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