During the spring of 2017, UPS will begin improvements to their UPS Ground on Saturday initiative to many major metro areas in the U.S., eventually rolling out to nearly 4,700 cities and towns by November, just in time for the holiday season. This change will allow UPS to improve time-in-transit by allowing customers who request a pickup on Saturday to advance shipments to the surrounding area for Monday delivery, one business day earlier than before. These customers may also choose to receive UPS Ground deliveries that same Saturday, two days ahead of when they would have been delivered before the change.
Along with these services, as of May 1, 2017, UPS is changing the Saturday Stop charge for the Saturday pickup options. Scheduled Saturday Stop charges are increasing from $3 to $9 each stop. UPS Smart Pickup requests are increasing from $3 to $6 and UPS On-Call Pickup requests will now be charged $3.20 per stop.
Changes to UPS services aren’t restricted to its ground deliveries; this month UPS is improving its U.S. Domestic Air and International Air Dangerous Goods service to allow Cargo Aircraft Only quantities of dangerous goods, as per an agreement between UPS and the client. This will allow UPS to transport more classes and larger quantities of any dangerous goods in the U.S., as well as accept over 400 new commodities and triple the quantities currently allowed for dangerous goods.
As of April 3, 2017, Domestic Air, International Air and UPS Worldwide Express Freight dangerous goods are rated either Accessible or Inaccessible based on the class of commodity:
Accessible Dangerous Goods:
- Class 1.4 explosives
- Class 2.1 flammable gas
- Class 2.2 non-flammable gas in cargo aircraft only (CAO) quantities
- Class 3 flammable liquid
- Class 4 flammable solids and dangerous when wet
- Class 5 oxidizers and organic peroxides
- Class 8 corrosives
UPS Domestic Air Services will charge $90 per package of accessible dangerous goods. UPS International Air Services will charge $142 per shipment or $17.50 per package, depending on which is greater. Finally, UPS Worldwide Express Freight will charge the higher of $142 per shipment or $.77 per pound.
Inaccessible Dangerous Goods
- Class 2.2 non-flammable gas in passenger (PAX) and limited quantities
- Class 6 toxic and infectious substances
- Class 7 radioactive material
- Class 9 miscellaneous dangerous substances
UPS Domestic Air Services will charge $45 per package of inaccessible dangerous goods. UPS International Air Services will charge $70 per shipment or $8.40 per package, depending on which is greater. Finally, UPS Worldwide Express Freight will charge the higher of $70 per shipment or $.38 per pound.
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