Parcel carriers release new rates for 2006

It’s that time of year again: No, not the time for keeping New Year’s resolutions, but for absorbing the new parcel carrier rates announced last month by the major service providers. Here’s a roundup of approximately how much more you’re going to pay for shipping, using the example of a 2-lb. and a 5-lb. package mailed from New York to Chicago.

SERVICE 2005 RATES
(includes fuel surcharges if applicable)
ESTIMATED 2006 RATES*
(includes fuel surcharges if applicable)
% CHANGE
UPS Ground $6.15 (2 lb.); $7.02 (5 lb.) $6.39 (2 lb.); $7.29 (5 lb.) 3.9% (2 lb.); 3.9% (5 lb.)
UPS Air $30.38 (2 lb.); $39.66 (5 lb.) $32.05 (2lb.); $41.84 (5 lb.) 5.5% (2 lb.); 5.5% (5 lb.)
FedEx Ground $7.06 (2 lb.); $8.11 (5 lb.) $7.34 (2 lb.); $8.43 (5 lb.) 3.9% (2 lb.); 3.9% (5 lb.)
FedEx Express $38.60 (2 lb.); $47.30 (5 lb.) $40.11 (2 lb.); $49.90 (5 lb.) 5.5 %(2 lb.); 5.5% (5 lb.)
DHL Ground $6.63 (2 lb.); $7.50 (5 lb.) $6.89 (2 lb.); $7.79 (5 lb.) 3.9% (2 lb.); 3.9% (5 lb.)
DHL Air $37.80 (2 lb.); $48.63 (5 lb.) $39.88 (2 lb.); $51.30 (5 lb.) 5.5 %(2 lb.); 5.5% (5 lb.)
USPS Priority Mail $4.90 (2 lb.); $9.30 (5 lb.) $5.15 (2 lb.); $9.80 (5 lb.) 4.9 % (2 lb.); 5.1% (5 lb.)
USPS Express Mail $17.85 (2 lb.); $27.30 (5 lb.) $18.80 (2 lb.); $28.75 (5 lb.) 5.1% (2 lb.); 5.0% (5 lb.)
* The 2006 rates for UPS, FedEx, and DHL begin Jan. 2. The new rates for USPS begin Jan. 8.

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