While UPS has announced a 5.9% average net increase for 2022, lightweight Ground packages are receiving far above this average. The 1 to 20 pound weight breaks show the most substantial increase, topping out at 7.46%, while the 71 to 100 pound weight break falls a bit under the average at 5.67%. When looking at domestic Ground shipments by zone, zones 5-8 increase a bit more than zone 2-4 but there isn’t too much disparity.
Not only have the rates gone up significantly, but UPS is also increasing their Ground services minimum charge by 6.85% for 2022. The base rate will rise from $8.76 to $9.36. This significant bump affects Ground Commercial and Ground Residential services. Regardless of how good shipper’s discounts may be, this limit means shippers will be paying more for their lightweight packages. The most impacted weight break is 1 to 5 pounds, but don’t be surprised when this minimum hits shipments weighing 20 pounds or more. The UPS agreement and how it is set up will determine which pounds per zone are impacted.