Selling during the 2020 holiday season will not be normal. For the first time in its history, the United States Postal Service is imposing a holiday surcharge on commercial packages. The price increases will begin on October 18 and run through December 27, 2020, and range from $0.24 to $1.50 per package.

The temporary price adjustments are attributable to increased expenses and heightened package volume as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and an expected surge in holiday gift shipping. Consumer and international pricing will not be subject to a surcharge.

The capacity of the USPS is already under strain because of the growth of ecommerce sales since the pandemic began. According to SJ Consulting Group, which focuses on logistics advice, the USPS handled 34 percent of package deliveries in the 2019 holiday shopping season, more than any other carrier.

UPS said its holiday surcharges could total as much as $3 a package for U.S. ground shipments and other lower-priced shipping options, and up to $4 per package for air shipments bound for residences. The fees depend on the percentage increase in volume for each customer from February 2020. Read More