2021 Shipping Rates Increase – Choosing USPS, UPS, or FedEx

The U.S. Postal Service offers affordability in shipping smaller packages under 2 pounds. Unlike most other shippers, they don’t add surcharges for services like residential delivery and Saturday delivery. However, they have limited tracking and are less responsive in customer service. 

Beginning January 24, 2021, USPS will implement an approximately 3.5% increase in Priority Mail service and 1.2% for Priority Mail Express service.  

See USPS 2021 rates in detail. 

UPS offers better value when shipping large packages between 2-20 lbs, guaranteed express shipping for time-sensitive deliveries, and reliable tracking. However, it can be expensive with fees and surcharges. Still, between USPS and UPS, there’s a difference of up to 25% cheaper with UPS when shipping a 3+ lb shipment.

In 2021, UPS Ground, Air, and International services will increase by an average of 4.9%. This is comparable to previous years average increase.  

While UPS imposed temporary increases in surcharge rates during Covid-19 this year, these surcharge increases are here to stay throughout 2021. Surcharges for Additional Handling, Large Package, and Residential Surcharge will see increases between 5-8%. 

See UPS 2021 rates in detail. 

FedEx is known for shipping large packages, express deliveries, and reliable tracking. Customers often compare FedEx with UPS because their advantages are similar. To break it down, sending a 3 lb small package domestically between shorter distances is cheaper with FedEx than UPS when comparing retail rates. 

Beginning January 4, 2021, FedEx will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9% on FedEx Express, Ground, Home Delivery, and Freight. They will also newly enforce a 6% late fee for Express and Ground invoices not paid within approved terms. 

See FedEx 2021 rates in detail.  

At CTK USA, we offer competitive discounted UPS shipping rates so that your choice is easy. If you have a monthly minimum order of 250, let’s talk. With our 20+ years of experience as logistics experts, we provide the guidance and fulfillment services to improve your supply chain management and lower your shipping costs.   

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