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The IBPA member benefit

PartnerShip® saved IBPA members $57,000 in 2017 through the IBPA Shipping Program. This is an average savings of close to $163 per member using this program.

PartnerShip® offers the following services to IBPA members through the IBPA Shipping Program:
  • Savings of up to 31% on select FedEx small package services
  • Savings of at least 70% on standard and guaranteed LTL freight shipments with UPS Freight, YRC Freight, Con-way Freight, and other reputable carriers
  • Competitive pricing on truckload, trade show, and expedited shipments using quality national and specialized carriers
  • Specialized services including inbound management, low-cost shipping supplies, freight bill auditing, invoice consolidation, and more

2018 Holiday Update: A Closer Look at the 2018 FedEx and UPS Rate Increases

Posted November 28, 2017

With the New Year approaching, it’s time to look at the UPS and FedEx rate increases for 2018 and how they will affect your costs. In September, FedEx announced an average increase of 4.9% on Express and Ground services. UPS joined the party in October, announcing that they will also be increasing their rates by an average of 4.9%. The new UPS rates will take effect on December 24, 2017, while FedEx will be instating them a week later on January 1, 2018.

Here are some quick facts:

  • FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Home Delivery rates will increase an average of 4.9%
  • UPS Ground, UPS Air, and international rates will increase an average of 4.9%
  • UPS is lowering the dimensional weight divisor to 139 for domestic packages less than or equal to one cubic foot in size (1,728 cubic inches)
  • Surcharges for larger packages will rise sharply
  • FedEx is adding a 2.5% third party billing surcharge to match UPS
  • Additional surcharges and increased rates will apply during the 2017 holiday season

When you enroll in the IBPA Shipping Program, you receive exclusive discounts on select FedEx® services – helping to offset the 2018 rate increases. For more information download the official IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook.

ALREADY AN IBPA MEMBER? Great! Simply log into the "members only" area of the IBPA website to download a current copy of the IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook containing all the information you need to take advantage of each IBPA member benefit.

About PartnerShip®

PartnerShip® is a leading shipping solutions provider to over 17,000 businesses across North America. They have enjoyed significant success over their 25 year history by helping their customers save time and money in all facets of shipping and logistics, including LTL freight, truckload, tradeshow, expedited, and small package shipping. They also provide specialized solutions that address many small business needs, including storage, invoice consolidation, inbound shipping management, and more.

IBPA chose PartnerShip® to develop a shipping program that combines simplicity, excellent service, and great savings. Today, PartnerShip® is a well-established organization working with more than 150 association groups, over 17,000 businesses, and many of the best carriers in the industry. To learn more, visit

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