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UPS ANNOUNCES PRICE AND SERVICE CHANGES

 ATLANTA, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- United Parcel Service ("UPS") today announced rate changes and several service enhancements, including an increase in the maximum weight limit per package from 70 to 150 pounds.
 The overall rate increase for domestic ground and air shipments, which becomes effective Feb. 7, will be 3.9 percent. This includes an average increase of 3.8 percent for commercial ground shipments, 4.3 percent for residential ground and 3.9 percent for both UPS Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air packages. The UPS Next Day Air Letter and 2nd Day Air Letter rates will increase 25 cents, to $10.75 and $5.75, respectively.
 There will be no increase in rates for the company's 3 Day Select service; its international air services (UPS Worldwide Express and Worldwide Expedited); or for U.S. origin shipments to Canada or Mexico.
 "UPS continues to offer published rates that are among the lowest in our industry," said John Alden, UPS senior vice president of business development. "As we add new services and enhance existing ones, we believe UPS also continues to offer the greatest overall value in distribution. Our growing portfolio of services gives shippers more options to better manage their operations and transportation costs."
 The new 150-pound weight limit will apply to all domestic UPS services, including Next Day Air, 2nd Day Air, 3 Day Select and ground service within the U.S. on an interstate basis, as well as approximately 40 international locations.
 UPS will require that all packages weighing between 71 to 150 pounds be identified with a special sticker, which will be distributed to customers. In preparation for the heavier packages, UPS has developed special handling procedures and equipment for its drivers and vehicles.
 The company is also introducing numerous other service enhancements. Beginning Feb. 7, UPS shipping charges can be billed to either the package receiver or a third party on Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air shipments.
 To provide greater flexibility, UPS automatic daily pickup customers will be able to use the On Call Air Pickup service at their normal Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air rates rather than the higher On Call Air Pickup published rates.
 In addition, UPS will begin a new inbound service from Hawaii to the 48 contiguous states that combines air and ground movements. The service will be a less expensive option to the company's air express service to and from Hawaii.
 Other changes in UPS charges include an increase from $5 to $7 for the weekly service charge for customers with a weekly billing total of less than $50; an increase for hazardous materials handling charge from $6 to $7 for each ground package; and the charge for declared value over $100 goes from 30 cents to 35 cents for each additional $100.
 A handling charge of $1 will be implemented for all domestic packages exceeding 60 inches in length, and for articles, cans or pails not fully enclosed in an appropriate outside shipping container. And, a dimensional weight pricing structure for air packages measuring more than one cubic foot replaces the oversize charge currently applied to UPS Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air packages.
 UPS, based in Atlanta, is a worldwide company serving all 50 states and more than 185 countries and territories. With revenues of $16.5 billion and delivery volume of 2.94 billion packages and documents in 1992, UPS is the largest package distribution company in the world.
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 /CONTACT: Pat Steffen of UPS public relations, 404-913-6684, or Judi Mackey or Gillian Neff, both of Edelman Public Relations, 212-704-8110 or 212-704-8270/


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