Shipping rates rise 4.9% in coming year

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Rate increases by major shippers FedEx and UPS go into effect January 4, 2010.

FedEx announced this month that it will increase standard rates for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery by an average of 4.9% next year. The shipper disclosed earlier that it will raise shipping rates for FedEx Express by an average of 5.9% for US domestic and US export services, also effective next month.

UPS has announced that its 2010 shipping rates will increase by an average of 4.9% for UPS Ground packages, and consumers will see an average net increase of 4.9% for air express and US origin international shipments.

The US Postal Service told businesses in October that it will not raise rates for 2010 on its “market-dominant products,” a category that includes first-class and standard mail, periodicals and single-piece parcel post.

Less than a month later, the USPS announced a mix of increases and rate cuts on other services for next year. Priority mail customers will see an average price increase of 3.3% next year, while express mail users will see prices jump by 4.5%.

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