3 Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs - Smart Money UPS and FedEx, for example, currently charge an 8.25% fuel surcharge for ground delivery. Ship via express service with one of these carriers and the fuel fee climbs to 28.5%. DHL's fuel surcharges are even more expensive. The shipping company currently tacks on 8.3% for ground service and an eye-popping 30.5% for express. The worst part is: Those are just the fuel surcharges. Other fees abound as well. Deliver to a residence instead of a business using any major delivery service and pay a $1.50 to $2.50 fee per package, in most instances. Ask for an item to be delivered on a Saturday and it will cost $10 to $25 extra, says Jacob Lakhany, CEO of Shipping Sidekick, which compares prices between the major carriers. To help lessen the blow of higher shipping costs this holiday season, here are some tips on how to send those present-filled boxes without going broke.