On March 13, 2020, we shared an update with you via email regarding potential delays attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on March 11th, which restricted passenger travel between parts of Europe and the United States.
The following message is from our preferred carrier UPS, which we are relaying to our customers:
>>The available capacity for international airfreight shipments between the United States and Europe has quickly reached a critically limited level. While the circumstances are outside of our control, our global operations teams are undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact to our customers.
However, as a result of this dynamic market, it has become necessary for us to assess a capacity surcharge for lanes originating from the US and destined to Europe as well as lanes originating from Europe destined to the US, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, according to the schedule below.
Because industry conditions are fluid, the surcharge is subject to decrease, increase or termination. We will continue to work closely with our air carriers in an effort to mitigate the surcharge to our customers. As an alternative for shipments that are less time sensitive, customers should consider our multimodal solutions such as UPS Preferred® LCL
From: US To: Europe Effective: March 18, 2020
Origin: United States $3.45/kg
From: UK, Germany, Netherlands, All other EU Countries To: US Effective: March 18, 2020
Origin: UK $4.00/kg
Origin: Germany $4.00/kg
Origin: Netherlands $4.00/kg Origin: All other EU Countries $4.40/kg The capacity surcharge lanes and amounts are subject to change, based on current market conditions. To view the current capacity surcharge structure, please visit our Surcharges homepage.
The above surcharges will be assessed on UPS® Air Freight Premium Direct, UPS Air Freight Direct®, UPS Air Freight Consolidated®, and UPS Trade Direct Air® shipments and will be reflected on your invoice.<<