DHL Express to raise US rates 5.9%

DHL Express will be increasing its prices in the United States by 5.9% from the New Year. The increase is effective January 1, covering the international express service provider’s export and import services.

However, the price increase will be partially offset by a 2% reduction in the company’s fuel surcharge.

In a statement, the company owned by Deutsche Post DHL said its annual price rise took into account inflation and rising network costs for providing its air express services.

Among other big shipping firms in the US, UPS is increasing its air and international services rates by 6.9%, with a two percentage point reduction in fuel surcharges. UPS Ground rates are to increase 5.9% with a one percentage point reduction in fuel surcharges.

FedEx Express will also be increasing its package and freight rates by 5.9% for US, US export and import services, again partially offsetting the rise by a 2 percentage point drop in fuel surcharges.

Other FedEx prices are yet to be announced, but a copy of its price guide is due to be released December 16.

The US Postal Service, which does not charge fuel surcharges, is increasing its express and competitive parcel prices by 4.6% from January 22, 2012.

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