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UPS delivery fees increasing for holiday season

DENVER -- UPS announced Monday that a new peak charge will be applied during selected weeks in November and December.

The charges will apply to U.S. residential, large packages and packages over maximum limits.

Residential deliveries will go up 27 cents between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2. as well as Dec. 17-23.

That fee will go up between 81 cents and 97 cent on all overnight, second- or third-day residential deliveries, also from Dec. 17-23.

If a package is oversized, meaning if the width and the length multiplied by two is greater than 130 inches, then a new peak charge of $24 will be charged.

All packages that weigh more than 150 pounds will cost an additional $249 to ship between Nov. 19 and Dec. 23. All seasonal fees are on top of the regular surcharges for large or heavy items.

Some international air-shipping routes will also be subject to a peak surcharge by UPS.

"We’re focused on helping our customers achieve success during some of their most important selling seasons," UPS chief commercial officer Alan Gershenhorn said.

"To meet their requirements, UPS flexes its delivery network to process near double our already massive regular daily volume, and that creates exceptional demands.”

During the 2016 holiday season, UPS sent more than 10 million more packages on the peak shipping days compared to the amount sent on an average nonpeak day.

To meet the demand, the Atlanta-based company hires additional seasonal employees, along with more airplane and truck cargo capacity.