What is the Peak Season Surcharge?

Common Freight Costs & Charges


Who Charges the Peak Season Surcharge: Carrier

Charge At: Port to Port leg

Peak Season Surcharge Description: Only applying to imports from Asia, this surcharge covers incremental operational costs incurred during the peak season. Peak season is typically anytime between June 1 and October 31.

Peak Season Surcharge Tips: Carriers already charge higher base rates in the peak season, so this supplemental charge seems unreasonable. But you have little choice but to pay.

If you do need to ship during this season, your shipping can still be salvaged. Head here to read some tips for better peak season shipping.

Check out our guide to all common freight charges, surcharges, and fees.