UPS adds peak delivery surcharge

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 17: A pedestrian walks by a United Parcel Service (UPS) truck on June 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. UPS announced plans to begin to consider box size in the pricing of ground shipments in the U.S. and standard delivery to Canada. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(CNN) — The pandemic is forcing UPS to add peak surcharges to certain U.S. domestic packages.

For instance, customers who have ordered ordered oversized items from Amazon or best buy may be paying a premium.

United Parcel Service says it is experiencing an unprecedented demand for shipping and higher costs due to COVID-19.

Typically, peak surcharges occur only during busy online holiday shopping periods like Christmas.

This is the first time in the e-commerce era that UPS has been compelled to add surcharges.

The new rates will take effect May 31.

United Parcel Services say the peak surcharges are subject to change and peak periods could be extended or changed.

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