How Much of Shipping Costs Are Accessorial and Additional Fees

How Much of Shipping Costs Are Accessorial and Additional Fees

Consistent Flat rates available: small, medium, and large boxes are available with the USPS's Priority Service so the customer does not need a scale to determine package cost before shipping.

Fuel surcharges: no fuel surcharges, no Saturday surcharges, no residential surcharges, no rural surcharges; no address correction fees, UPS charges $2.05 for residential ground and $2.40 residential air; 33% of all ground deliveries are delivered to homes.

Quicker service: UPS and FedEx Ground offer a 1-5 day transit time, FedEx SmartPost offers a 2-7 day transit time, USPS Priority offers a 2-3 day delivery.

Additional pickups and deliveries each week: USPS has full pickup up and delivery service 6 days per week, a 20% advantage over UPS and FedEx, or 52 extra delivery days.

Great package security: stealing packages from the USPS is a federal offense, a more severe crime than stealing from FedEx or UPS; the USPS has the lowest claims ratio of loss/damage in the industry.

Top Market leadership: the USPS currently carries 65% of the 2-3 day delivery market and is by far the most preferred carrier for online consumers (15% higher than UPS, 500% more than FedEx); the USPS handles 30% of UPS's residential deliveries and all of FedEx's SmartPost packages.

Coverage: delivery to 148 million points or every address in the United States including PO Boxes, and APO, FPO deliveries.

Full tracking: online delivery confirmation and signature confirmation tracking available.

Unique packaging: free customized, co-branded packaging available to qualified shippers.

Advanced technology: easy online shipping available through United Shipping Solutions; the USPS recently invested $1B in hand scanners.

Immediate pickups available: customized late pickups available.

Insurance coverage: automatic $100 worth of insurance on every delivery.

Packaging: available online, at local post office.

Driver workforce: drivers are a familiar, trusted presence in communities who are employees of the USPS.

Holiday and Sunday service: Sunday and holiday delivery available with the USPS's Express Service.

Earth conscious: the USPS uses bio-friendly inks, recycles 1 ton of material per year, and operates the largest alternative fuel vehicle fleet in the U.S.

Posted on September 24, 2018