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Additional Charges

Missing or Invalid Account Number Fee

An account number is invalid if it is not the correct account number for the bill-to party, or if it is the account number for a consignee or third party who fails to pay the shipping charges.

  • A charge per shipment will be assessed for domestic (if available) and international shipments with a missing or invalid payer account number. Additionally, if the consignee or third party fails to pay the shipping charges, the original shipper will be billed a refusal fee plus the shipping charges.

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UPS carbon neutral

UPS carbon neutral is an option for shippers who are conscious about their climate impact and are doing something positive about it. Using UPS carbon neutral lets you demonstrate your commitment to climate change, and enables you and your package recipients to share in that commitment. When you select UPS carbon neutral, a flat fee will be added to your bill for each package selected.

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UPS Broker of Choice

With UPS Broker of Choice, importers select their own customs broker for customs clearance of their UPS international shipments. This service is available for shipments using UPS Worldwide Express Plus, UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Saver, UPS Worldwide Expedited and UPS Worldwide Express Freight Services. This contractual, fee-based service ensures that the established relationship with a customs broker remains in place while the importer works with UPS to save time and increase efficiencies in shipping and customs processing. Using UPS Broker of Choice enables importers to reduce fees and errors incurred while using multiple customs clearance processes. Importers have two options:

  1. UPS Broker of Choice OnSite: used for shipments that remain in UPS possession while the importer's customs broker completes customs clearance procedures prior to UPS completing delivery of the shipment.
  2. UPS Broker of Choice OffSite: used for shipments moved "in-bond" directly to a customs controlled (bonded) warehouse (at the importer's direction) where the importer's customs broker completes the customs clearance procedures. The UPS transport is complete upon delivery of the shipment to the warehouse.
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Bill Receiver/Freight Collect Refusal Fee

An account number is invalid if it is not the correct account number for the bill-to party, or if it is the account number for a consignee or third party who fails to pay the shipping charges:

A fee charge per shipment will be assessed for international shipments with a missing or invalid account number.

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Duty and Tax Forwarding Surcharge

When the "Duty and Tax Forwarding Surcharge" billing option is selected, a surcharge will be billed to the shipper.

Please refer to the above Additional Charges table for more information.

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Additional Handling Charge

Additional Handling applies to the following:

  • Any article that is encased in an outside shipping container made of metal, wood, hard plastic, soft plastic (e.g. plastic bag) or expanded polystyrene foam (e.g. styrofoam)
  • Any cylindrical item, such as a barrel, drum, pail, or tire, that is not fully encased in a corrugated cardboard shipping container
  • Any package with the longest side exceeding 48 inches (122 cm) or its second-longest side exceeding 30 inches (76 cm)
  • Any package with an actual weight greater than 70 pounds (32 kg)
  • Each package in a shipment where the average weight per package is greater than 70 pounds (32 kg) and the weight for each package is not specified on the source document or the UPS automated shipping system used

UPS also reserves the right to assess the Additional Handling Charge for any package that, in UPS's sole discretion, requires special handling.

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Address Correction

An additional charge may be billed to the shipper for unsuccessful delivery because of an incorrect address.

Please refer to the above Additional Charges table for more information.

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Extended Area and Remote Area Surcharges

Extended Area Surcharge
UPS provides a pickup delivery service in extended, as well as urban, areas. An additional charge applies for each shipment that is picked up or delivered in an extended area.

Remote Area Surcharge
This surcharge is applied for delivery to or pickup from an area beyond UPS extended areas, which are less accessible for pickups and deliveries (domestic and international services).

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Delivery Reattempt

Additional delivery attempts may have additional charges.

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Late Payment Surcharge

UPS will send you an invoice for the services we have provided. In the event that an invoice is overdue, UPS will charge a late payment surcharge. The relevant amount will appear on your next UPS bill. This surcharge is in addition to any legal rights and remedies available to UPS.

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Over Maximum Limits Fee

Packages with an actual weight of more than 150 pounds (70 kg), or that exceed 108 inches (274 cm) in length or a total of 157 inches (400 cm) in length and girth combined, as measured to determine their billable weight, are not accepted for transportation. These packages are subject to an Over Maximum Limits surcharge, in addition to all other applicable charges, if found in the UPS small package system.

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Pre-Release Notification Surcharge

A shipper or consignee may request that UPS notify the consignee prior to submission of an import shipment to customs so that the importer may validate the classification, valuation, or other import information. An additional fee per shipment will be billed to the importer or to the shipper when the shipper is selected as the payer of the duties and taxes for the shipment.

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Surcharge for Non Compliance

UPS will, at its sole discretion, and whether or not the UPS International Dangerous Goods program applies, charge a surcharge for any costs, expenses, damages or losses, including but not limited to the expense of returning the shipment to Shipper and any additional administrative cost incurred by UPS in connection with any incidence of non-compliance.  This surcharge is without prejudice to any other relief or remedy UPS is entitled to.

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UPS Paperless Invoice

UPS Paperless Invoice allows customers using a UPS online shipping system (for example, Worldship®, UPS Campus Ship, and UPS Internet Shipping) to electronically submit commercial invoice data for clearance. Depending on country-specific customs regulations, this may eliminate the need to affix hard copies of the invoice to the shipment and reduces the possibility of errors or shipment delays due to missing documentation.

This service is offered on a contractual basis and there is no charge incurred.

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Brokerage Services

Additional charges may apply for complex customs clearance procedures, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Clearance procedures involving a government agency other than customs
  • Customs Bonds
  • Drawbacks
  • Formal entries involving more than five tariff lines
  • Live entries
  • Marking Attendance
  • Temporary Import Bonds (T.I.B.)

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Special Handling for Undeliverable Packages

Packages rejected by the consignee, or that cannot be delivered due to causes beyond the control of UPS, will be held by UPS. The shipper will then be contacted for further instructions. The UPS service guarantee does not apply to Undeliverable Packages that are returned to the sender. An undeliverable returns surcharge will be applied in addition to other applicable charges. See table above for Special Handling of Undeliverable Packages rate.

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UPS Worldwide Express Plus

A surcharge will be imposed for urgent shipments sent via UPS Worldwide Express Plus. Please refer to the above Additional Charges table for more information.

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Residential Surcharge

UPS provides delivery service to residential addresses as well as business addresses. A residential delivery is one made to a home, including a business operating out of a home. For each residential delivery, an additional charge per shipment applies.

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UPS FTZ Facilitator

With UPS FTZ Facilitator, importers and exporters have the ability to use UPS to transport international shipments "in-bond" to and from a global Free/Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). This service is available for shipments using UPS Worldwide Express Plus, UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Freight Services, UPS Worldwide Express Saver, and UPS Worldwide Expedited.

This contractual, fee-based service allows the shipment of goods to move to or from an FTZ without using other transportation providers. Using UPS as a single source enables importers and exporters to increase visibility and tracking and minimise the chance for errors and costs associated with utilising multiple transportation providers.

Importers will choose UPS FTZ Facilitator to direct shipments to be delivered, in-bond, to a designated FTZ rather than being cleared through customs. Exporters will choose UPS FTZ Facilitator to ship goods in-bond from an FTZ to an international destination.

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Oversize Pallet Handling Surcharge

An additional handling fee that would be charged on pallets that exceed the specific dimensions.

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International Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property if not handled and shipped in a proper manner. There are various rules, regulations and responsibilities governing the transportation of dangerous goods across international borders.

UPS offers a contractual service which ensures dangerous goods shipments are handled and shipped in accordance with international and domestic regulations via our global network.

The service is offered at a surcharge per package. For a detailed listing of UPS acceptable classes and commodities of dangerous goods, please contact our Customer Service Representative.

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Warehouse Storage

A warehouse storage charge will apply if a shipment is not cleared through customs within 4 calendar days. The charges will be calculated from the 5th day and will apply unless the delay is due to the fault of UPS.

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Alternate Broker

Consignees who do not require the full suite of UPS Broker of Choice® services may still, on an ad hoc basis, select their own customs broker for customs clearance of their UPS international shipments. UPS will transfer any customs clearance information and documents it has received from the shipper to the consignee or its appointed third-party broker. A charge per shipment applies.

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Other Government Agency (OGA) Entry

A shipper or consignee may request UPS to submit clearance documents and/or other additional documents to government agencies other than customs that regulate and control entry of certain commodities into the country. An additional fee per shipment applies.

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Manual Airwaybill Order Surcharge

As part of UPS’s sustainability initiatives, a surcharge will be imposed on MAWB order per a piece in a bid to encourage customers to switch to digital shipping solutions and contribute towards a greener supply chain. The surcharge will be collected from the requestor at the time of MAWB delivery.

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Inspection Fee

At shipper’s or consignee’s request, UPS may assist to open and inspect their shipment to retrieve specific information relating to the goods therein (e.g. serial number, brand name, country of origin). A per package fee will apply.

Post Entry Clearance Fee

UPS may be required to add or modify data declared to customs authorities or other government agencies for clearance purposes based on evidence gathered from or confirmed by the importer or exporter and only upon request by customs authorities, other government agencies or at the request of the shipper or consignee. A per shipment fee will apply.

Prohibited Item Fee

Shipments that are tendered to UPS in contravention of or not in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or UPS’s terms and conditions of service or contractual service (including, but not limited to, prohibited shipments or shipments that UPS does not accept or regularly provide service for without an exception) are subject to a fee.

This fee is without prejudice and in addition to the shipper’s responsibility for all other sums that UPS may incur and claims against UPS resulting from the contravention or non-compliance.

Large Package Surcharge

A Large Package Surcharge will be applied to each UPS package when its length plus girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] combined exceeds 300 cm, but does not exceed the maximum UPS size of 400 cm.

Large Packages are subject to a minimum billable weight of 40 kg in addition to the Large Package Surcharge.

An Additional Handling charge will not be assessed when a Large Package Surcharge is applied.

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