Carrier Update: New Sort Centers, Peak Season Surcharges, Global Supply Chain


In this week’s Carrier Update, Shawn Compton highlights the following topics:

New sort centers

• LaserShip/OnTrac opened a new 326,970 square foot sort center new Philadelphia, in Logan Township, NJ, effectively doubling its capacity in the crucial tri-state area of NY, NJ, and Pennsylvania. Fully automated package sorters increased sorting capacity to 31,000 packages per hour. In addition, OSM Worldwide also doubled its capacity in that market, doubling the size of their operation in York, PA, early in the year.

Peak Season

• Peak Season is well underway, following Black Friday and Cyber- Monday today. Peak surcharges are currently in the range of $2.50 per package for FedEx Ground Economy, the SmartPost replacement, $0.90 and $0.34 at DHL eComm for over and under a pound, respectively, $0.25 to $0.80 for Priority Mail. OSM Worldwide surcharges remain very low, at $0.20 and $0.10 for over and under a pound, delivering great value to OceanX clients.

Global Supply Chain

• In what has been a continuous cycle, Shanghai, home to one of the largest export ports in the world, is grappling with COVID restrictions which may impact the global supply chain. This time, however, protests over the COVID policies and the resultant government response are fueling the fire.

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