FedEx 2024 Additional Handling Qualifications

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FedEx applies an additional handling surcharge on top of their base transportation charges to large packages that cannot go through the normal process and need more attention. Additional handling charges are applied based on three categories, and each varies in cost. Below is a breakdown how those surcharges will be applied beginning January 1, 2024.

1. Dimension

Packages that…

  • Measure greater than 48 inches along its longest side;
  • Measure greater than 30 inches along its second-longest side; or
  • Measure greater than 105 inches in length and girth
2024 Cost
  • Zone 2: $18.50 per package
  • Zones 3 – 4: $20.50 per package
  • Zones 5 – 6: $22.50 per package
  • Zones 7+: $25 per package


2. Weight

Packages that…

  • Weigh more than 50 lbs (U.S. Express Package Services, U.S. Ground Services); or
  • Weigh more than 70 lbs (International Express Package Services, International Ground Service)


2024 Cost
  • Zone 2: $29 per package
  • Zones 3 – 4: $31.50 per package
  • Zones 5 – 6: $33.50 per package
  • Zones 7+: $36 per package


3. Packaging

Packages that…

  • Are not fully encased in an outer shipping container;
  • Are encased in an outer shipping container not made of corrugated fiberboard (cardboard) materials, including but not limited to metal, wood, canvas, leather, hard plastic, soft plastic (e.g., plastic bags), or expanded polystyrene foam (e.g., styrofoam);
  • Are encased in an outer shipping container covered in shrink wrap or stretch wrap;
  • Are encased in a soft-sided pack (e.g., courier packs, poly bags, and bubble mailers) that exceeds 18 inches along its longest side or 13 inches along its second-longest side or 5 inches in height;
  • Are round or cylindrical, including (without limitation) mailing tubes, cans, buckets, barrels, tires, drums, or pails;
  • Are bound with metal, plastic, or cloth banding, or has wheels, casters, handles, or straps (e.g., a bicycle) (including packages where the outer surface area is loosely wrapped, or where the contents protrude outside the surface area); or
  • Could become entangled in or cause damage to other packages or the FedEx sortation system.


2024 Cost

  • Zone 2: $16.50 per package
  • Zones 3 – 4: $19 per package
  • Zones 5 – 6: $20 per package
  • Zones 7+: $21 per package


Click here for a breakdown of UPS’ 2024 Additional Handling surcharges.



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