March 14 United Parcel Service Inc said
it will raise shipping rates at its freight unit by 4.4 percent,
more than rival FedEx Corp did earlier this month.
The new rates apply to non-contractual less-than-truckload
shipments rated on the current UPS tariffs, the company said,
and will come into effect March 31.
Less than truckload is the shipping of relatively small
loads of freight, and customers use this method because it costs
less than hiring an entire truck for an exclusive shipment.
On March 3 FedEx said it will raise shipping rates at its
freight business by 3.9 percent, effective March 31.
While FedEx and UPS revise their shipping rates every year,
rate increases this time come while both companies have been
trying to adjust to changes in shipping patterns, as many
customers move towards cheaper shipping services, especially
UPS shares were trading at $96.35 after the bell. They
closed at $96.27 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.