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DHL: Peak Surcharges 2023

DHL seasonal surcharges during the Christmas period

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Written by Ina Kahl
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In the months of November and December, DHL imposes a peak surcharge for the expansion of the delivery network during the Christmas season.

In this article you will learn more about peak surcharges and when they are applied by DHL.

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What are peak surcharges?

Peak surcharges are seasonal surcharges imposed due to increased demand when package volumes increase sharply suddenly or due to seasonal changes and holidays.

When and why are peak surcharges imposed by DHL?

In the months of November and December 2023, DHL will impose peak surcharges. With the peak surcharges, DHL ensures that its network continues to operate effectively during peak seasons. In times of heavy traffic, and especially during the holiday season, DHL expands its delivery network to provide you with a reliable and timely service despite increased shipping volumes.

What are the additional costs for the DHL peak surcharge and how is it billed by Shipcloud?

DHL imposes the peak surcharge per parcel in addition to the existing rates, surcharges and/or fees for domestic and international shipments.

When shipping via Shipcloud business rates, we bill the peak surcharge of €0.20 per parcel to you and include it in our shipping label prices throughout the DPD peak season period. You can find out how to check the prices for shipping labels here.

📌 Please note that carriers reserve the right to adjust their peak surcharges as needed, as well as to extend or modify peak periods to reflect prevailing market conditions. An overview of all applicable DHL surcharges can be found here.

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