Plan for and manage 2016 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. UPS rate increases will be effective Dec. 28, while the new FedEx rates take effect on Jan. 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.partnership

  • FedEx Express package rates are increasing an average of 4.9 percent for U.S., U.S export, and U.S. import services.
  • UPS Air and International package rates are increasing an average of 5.2 percent.
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are increasing an average of 4.9 percent.
  • UPS Ground rates are increasing an average of 4.9 percent.

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 PartnerShipwtaglinehave 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

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