Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

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COVID-19 News


We are monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Stay connected with the service impacts here.

Looking at shipping Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? Click here for some shipping tips.

The impact of COVID-19 is causing local, state, and national governments around the world to issue work and travel restrictions on a daily basis, which are impacting our ability to meet our high standards of service. 

As a result, we have made the decision to suspend our money-back guarantee (MBG) for all FedEx Express services, effective immediately until further notice.

Because FedEx is an essential transport service provider, we will continue operating as government restrictions and regulations allow, and we continue to execute contingency plans in an effort to provide outstanding service to our customers.

We recognize and appreciate the crucial role we play in the global supply chain and connecting the world during this critical time, and we remain focused on serving our customers and providing relief supplies to areas that need it most. 

Service News

We expect a surge in outbound shipping volume in late April 2021 before Public Holiday in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR China, Macau SAR China and Japan.

When planning your shipment, please note that the transit time for selected FedEx Express outbound shipments from Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR China, Macau SAR China and Japan will be temporarily extended as listed below.

Origin

Destination

Affected FedEx Service

Additional Transit Time (Working days)

Effective Period
(Pickup date1)

Northern China2

· Canada

· Latin America

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

1

April 30 – May 01, 2021

· Europe

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2

April 26 – May 01, 2021

· Middle East/ Indian Subcontinent/ Africa (MEISA)

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

· International Economy (IE)

· International Economy Freight (IEF)

Eastern China3

· Canada

· Latin America

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

1

April 28 – May 01, 2021

· Europe

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2

April 26 – May 01, 2021

· Middle East/ Indian Subcontinent/ Africa (MEISA)

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

· International Economy (IE)

· International Economy Freight (IEF)

Southern China4

· Europe

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2

April 26 – May 01, 2021

· Middle East/ Indian Subcontinent/ Africa (MEISA)

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

· International Economy (IE)

· International Economy Freight (IEF)

· Hong Kong SAR China

· Macau SAR China

· Canada

· Latin America

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

1

April 28 – May 01, 2021

· Europe

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2

April 26 – May 01, 2021

· Middle East/ Indian Subcontinent/ Africa (MEISA)

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

· International Economy (IE)

· International Economy Freight (IEF)

Japan

· Canada

· Latin America

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

1

April 30 – May 01, 2021

· Europe

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2

April 26 – May 01, 2021

· Middle East/ Indian Subcontinent/ Africa (MEISA)

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

· International Economy (IE)

· International Economy Freight (IEF)

1 If the shipment is picked up after the cut-off time, the pickup date will be the next business day.
2 Northern China includes  Beijing, Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Tianjin and Xinjiang.
3 Eastern China includes Anhui, Chongqing, Hubei, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Sichuan and Zhejiang.
4 Southern China includes Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan and Yunnan.

Note: There may be additional transit time extensions experienced due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please find out more below:

China Click here  | Hong Kong SAR China Click here | Macau SAR China Click here | Japan Click here

If you have further questions about the pre-holiday service extension, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

Beginning May 1, 2021, there are two additional billing options that you can choose for the ancillary clearance service fees incurred in Latin America and the Caribbean (“LAC”):

a) Bill to your own shipper account (i.e. Bill duties & taxes to shipper), or 

b) Bill to a third-party account based in the Asia-Pacific region2 (i.e. Bill duties & taxes to third party3).   

This is on top of the existing option of billing ancillary clearance service fees to the shipment’s recipient (“Consignee”). 

By selecting “Bill duties & taxes to shipper” on the FedEx air waybill, applicable duties and taxes4 and/or all ancillary clearance service fees incurred in the following LAC countries and territories will be invoiced to your shipper account:

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina4, Aruba4, Bahamas4, Barbados4, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia4, Costa Rica4, Curacao4, Dominica, Dominican Republic4, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe4, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique4, Mexico4, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saba, Saint-Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago4, Turks & Caicos, Uruguay, British Virgin Islands, and US Virgin Islands.

For the latest details on Ancillary Clearance Service Fees and any applicable destination value-added tax/ goods & services tax (VAT/GST4) assessed in the LAC region, please click here.

 

1 For security reasons, we have only displayed the last 6 digits of your 9-digit FedEx Account Number. 

2 Asia-Pacific countries and territories with Global Payer option: Australia, Guam, Hong Kong SAR China, Indonesia, Japan, Mainland China, Macau SAR China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan China, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, American Samoa, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.

3 Mainland China accounts can only be billed to shipper.

4 As of May 1, 2021, shipments imported into the following LAC countries and territories will be subject to a destination value-added tax/ goods & services tax (VAT/GST) assessed on all fees incurred in the destination (including but not limited to ancillary fee): Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago.

Effective May 3, 2021, FedEx will start handling Dangerous Goods (DG) shipments on FedEx International Priority (IP) and FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF) services to and from Auckland, New Zealand.

DG via IP and IPF services can be shipped worldwide to and from Auckland, New Zealand; excluding Europe. 
Please also note that DG shipments on IP and IPF services will have a weight restriction of 32kg per package.


The following Dangerous Goods (DG) shipments are prohibited and cannot be handled by FedEx in New Zealand:

  • All radioactive items
  • All explosives
  • Standalone lithium-metal cells or batteries (UN3090)
  • Standalone lithium-ion cells or batteries (UN3480)

To learn the basics of DG shipping, please refer to the Dangerous Goods Shipping brochure on fedex.com.


Note: All services are subject to the customer’s agreement with FedEx, which may include FedEx Standard Conditions of Carriage, FedEx Services Guide, FedEx Air Waybill or other transit documents.

Due to temporary system issues affecting our customs clearance operations, there may be potential customs clearance delays for your FedEx shipments globally, including those to and from Asia Pacific.

Estimated customs clearance delays for FedEx shipments to Asia Pacific is around one to two business days.

FedEx shipments to Asia Pacific using manual air waybills that are not manifested at origins may experience service delays upon reaching any Asia Pacific destinations.

We have implemented contingencies and are actively working to process the impacted shipments and will deliver them to customers as quickly as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused. To check the status of your shipments, please visit fedex.com

We are currently experiencing high shipping volume flowing through our FedEx Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) hub and there was a work stoppage at our TNT air hub in Liege on March 3. Customer may experience delays in their FedEx and TNT shipments inbound and outbound of Europe. Transshipments transiting through these hubs may also experience delays as well.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused. To check the status of your shipments, please visit fedex.com or tnt.com. 

Effective March 1, 2021, FedEx and TNT will be prohibiting, in all of its domestic and international networks, shipments of all electronic cigarettes and their component parts, any other similar device that relies on vaporization or aerosolization, and any noncombustible liquid or gel, regardless of the presence of nicotine, that can be used with any such device.

If an unauthorized electronic cigarettes or vaping products shipment is identified in any FedEx/TNT network during the handling process, it will be treated as a prohibited item in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions of carriage.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause for your business.

As part of FedEx and TNT safety and security requirements, effective January 11, 2021, shippers with no registered shipping accounts tendering shipments to us over the counter must present a valid government-issued photo identity card1. Information will be collected for safety and security purposes and will only be used as required or permitted by law2.

Prior to acceptance at the counter, please open the package for inspection by FedEx, TNT or our authorized representatives3. In addition, all shipments may be subject to security inspection, including X-rays.

1 Examples: National ID Card, Passport, Social Security Card, Driver’s license, etc.
2 For more information, refer to FedEx Global Privacy Policy and Notice: fedex.com/en-us/trust-center.html , and any applicable supplemental local FedEx privacy notice/statement.
3 FedEx and TNT reserve the right to reject any shipment that contains prohibited items or does not meet our safety and security requirements.

We expect a surge in outbound shipping volume in December 2020 before year-end holidays in Eastern & Southern China, Hong Kong SAR China and Macau SAR China.

When planning your shipment, please note that the transit time for selected FedEx Express outbound shipments from Eastern & Southern China, Hong Kong SAR China and Macau SAR China will be temporarily extended as listed below.

Origin Destination Affected FedEx Service Additional Transit Time (Working days) Effective Period
(Pickup date1)

Eastern China2

· Canada

· Latin America4

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2 December 18 – 28, 2020

Southern China3

· Canada

· Latin America4

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

1

Hong Kong SAR China

· Canada

· Latin America4

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

2

Macau SAR China

· Canada

· Latin America4

· United States

· International Priority (IP)

· International Priority Freight (IPF)

 2

1 If the shipment is picked up after the cut-off time, the pickup date will be the next business day.

2 Eastern China includes Anhui, Chongqing, Hubei, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Sichuan and Zhejiang.

3 Southern China includes Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan and Yunnan.

4 Latin America includes Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nevis, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Croix Island, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Note: There may be additional transit time extensions experienced due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please find out more below:

China Click here  | Hong Kong SAR China Click here | Macau SAR China Click here

If you have further questions about the pre-holiday service extension, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

To account for additional processing time, effective November 23, 2020, an additional business day for transit will be required for shipments to Mainland China when using manual air waybill*.

That’s why you need FedEx Ship Manager™ at fedex.com (FSM) – a convenient, one-stop online tool that allows you to prepare your air waybill and shipment paperwork more efficiently. There’s no change to processing time when you ship online. Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of digital shipping.

* This refers to the multi-ply paper manual air waybills.

To account for additional processing time, effective November 23, 2020, an additional business day for transit will be required for shipments to Mainland China when using manual air waybill*.

That’s why you need FedEx Ship Manager™ at fedex.com (FSM) – a convenient, one-stop online tool that allows you to prepare your air waybill and shipment paperwork more efficiently. There’s no change to processing time when you ship online. Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of digital shipping.

* This refers to the multi-ply paper manual air waybills.

FedEx strives to make your shipping experience as straightforward as possible. When organizing a shipment to Australia, it is important to provide the following mandatory details:

1. Shipper full name (first and last name as a minimum) and full delivery address

2. Consignee full name (first and last name as a minimum) and full delivery address

3. Telephone number or email address

4. Clear description of goods. No part numbers, generic descriptions or abbreviations. Weight also must be greater than zero

5. Value of the goods to reflect true market value and match the commercial invoice

You need to provide these details to ensure efficiency and to minimize processing delays. If you require support, please contact your Account Managers or our customer service team. 

Effective 15 October 2020, high-risk plant products from all countries are not permitted entry into Australia within mail articles (including FedEx and TNT shipments). Any shipments containing high-risk plant products arriving in Australia will be destroyed.

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is implementing these actions to address the risk of khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) on a range of plant products that are hosts of this pest. These urgent actions are being implemented in phases, please refer to the Departments website for further information regarding Kharpa beetle and high-risk plant products.

COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains, reducing air cargo capacity globally.  

This disruption has caused us to make adjustments to our networks which has increased our costs. As a result, we announced a 'Temporary Surcharge' on all FedEx Express and TNT international parcel and freight shipments beginning April 6, 2020.

Beginning November 2, 2020, the 'Temporary Surcharge' will be renamed as 'Peak Surcharge'.

As an effort to improve the efficiency of our FedEx network, we will adjust delivery commitment times and delivery practices for selected FedEx Express inbound services for U.S. residential delivery.

• Effective September 28, 2020, the delivery commitment time for FedEx inbound International Priority (IP) and International Priority Distribution (IPD) services to the U.S. (residential delivery only) will be adjusted from 10:30am to 12:00noon. 

• Effective October 5, 2020, delivery practices for all FedEx U.S. inbound residential shipments will change. These shipments will be left at the door on first attempt if recipient is unavailable, unless the shipper requested a Signature Service option of either Indirect Signature Required (ISR), Direct Signature Required (DSR) or Adult Signature required (ASR).  

Effective from September 2, 2019, expansion of outbound services (International Priority Freight, International Economy and International Economy Freight services) and inbound services (International Economy and International Economy Freight services) will be launched in Macau via FedEx service. Pickup cut-off time* for Macau outbound shipments will be extended to 16:00 (Monday to Friday). Transit time* for existing services will remain unchanged.

For further shipment enquiries, please contact FedEx Customer Service Team.

* Pickup cut-off time and transit time may vary dependent on shipment weight and shipment’s origin/ destination, for details, please contact FedEx Customer Service Team.

Effective September 30, 2019, the correct postal code will be required when you ship to Saudi Arabia. This will allow us to improve service and satisfy regulatory compliance requirements.

It is important to note that on the effective date, FedEx will accept only shipments that have the correct postal code and postal code format. Without this information, you will no longer be able to generate a shipping label using a FedEx automation solution.

If you frequently use the address book feature or other recipient address source, you will need to update any entries for this country to ensure that the correct postal code and format are saved by September 29, 2019.

We recommend updating your recipient delivery address information now to prevent issues with shipping label generation.

Refer to the following table for the postal formats:

Country Code Regions Postal Format Effective September 30, 2019
SA
Saudi Arabia
Middle East NNNNN (5 digits)


Thank you for taking the time to make this important change to your address book.

 

Effective April 1, 2019, the correct postal codes will be required when you ship to Ecuador, Romania and Slovakia. This will allow us to improve service and satisfy regulatory compliance requirements.

It is important to note that on the effective date, FedEx will accept only shipments that have the correct postal code and postal code format. Without this information, you will no longer be able to generate a shipping label using a FedEx automation solution.

If you frequently use the address book feature or other recipient address source, you will need to update any entries for these countries to ensure that the correct postal code and format are saved by March 31, 2019.

We recommend updating your recipient delivery address information now to prevent issues with shipping label generation.

Refer to the following table for the postal formats for these countries:

Country Code Regions Postal Format Effective April 1, 2019
EC
Ecuador
LAC 6 digits*
RO
Romania
EU 6 digits
SK
Slovakia
EU 5 digits

*Note: Previous postal format contained only five digits.on Postal Format Effective April 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to make this important change to your address book.

Shipping Regulatory Update

As of 1 December 2019, new low-value goods rules will commence. Overseas businesses that sell low-value goods to consumers in New Zealand may need to register for, collect and return a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15% on goods where money is paid or an invoice is issued on or after 1 December 2019.

The new regulations apply to goods with a customs value of NZ$1,000 or less and will require overseas businesses, including online marketplaces and merchants that sell direct and re-deliverers, to register an account for GST on sales to New Zealand customers. The customs value of NZ$1,000 excludes transport and insurance costs when determining if GST needs to be charged.

All consignments valued at NZ$1,000 or less can be cleared on an Inward Cargo Report (ICR), a Simplified Import Declaration (SID) or a standard Import Declaration. There is no change to the current processing of goods valued at more than NZ$1,000 – the standard GST and duty calculation will be applied.

The new low-value goods rules are similar to the low-value goods regulations already in place in Australia.
For further information on new GST rules in New Zealand, please visit Customs Service.

Online Fraud Alert

We have received reports of fraudulent emails claiming to come from BillingOnline@fedex.com. These messages have a vague subject referencing an invoice (e.g. “Your FedEx invoice is ready to be paid now,” “Please pay your outstanding FedEx invoice,” “New FedEx Invoice,” “Your FedEx invoice is ready,” “Pay your FedEx invoice online”).

If you receive a message matching this description do not open the email or enter any personal information. Delete the email immediately.

FedEx does not send unsolicited emails to customers requesting information regarding packages, invoices, account numbers, passwords or personal information.

Go to our FedEx Customer Protection Center to learn more about protecting yourself online. By following a few simple tips, you can make your online experience safer and more secure.

For more information on other fraudulent emails, you can visit our U.S. website by clicking here.

It has come to our attention that a fraudulent e-mail with unauthorized use of the FedEx name has been circulating to our customers. The e-mail claims that a FedEx shipment could not be delivered and asks the customers to open an attachment, print it out and take it to a FedEx facility to pick up the package.

Customers need to be aware that this is a fraudulent request and that this e-mail attachment contains a virus. If you have received one of these fraudulent e-mails, do not open the attachment, but delete the email immediately.

FedEx does not request payment or personal information in return for goods in transit or in FedEx custody via unsolicited mail or e-mail.

If you have received a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from FedEx and have experienced resulting financial loss, contact your banking institution immediately through the appropriate channels.

*FedEx is not responsible for any charges or costs incurred as a result of unauthorized or fraudulent activity that abuses the FedEx name, service marks and logos.

Service Disruption

A major winter storm moved through North America from Feb. 12 – 16, 2021 and had caused hazardous conditions across the U.S.

While we implemented numerous contingencies to mitigate the impact to our customers during this time, there may be on-going service delays anticipated for inbound and outbound shipments across the U.S. until recovery efforts conclude across the country.

As always, FedEx appreciates your business and your patience during weather-related disruptions.

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