International Commercial Postal Surcharge

The current fuel factor % for international commercial postal services is:
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August 202317.00%
July 202318.00%
June 202318.50%
May 202319.00%
April 202320.50%
March 202321.50%
February 202321.50%
January 202312.00%
December 20228.00%
November 20228.00%


The International Commercial Postal Surcharge has been introduced as a mechanism for recovering variable costs, so we can avoid imposing high fixed charges permanently.

In the current volatile environment, a number of factors (pandemics; civil unrest and war; massive changes in fuel cost; and demand/supply surges) contribute to considerable unpredictability surrounding many of the key costs for moving items globally via Commercial Post.

New Zealand Couriers International uses a global network of agents/strategic partners to provide New Zealand’s leading Commercial Postal services. However, we cannot control global pricing. Rather than significantly inflating pricing to allow for other parties to change their charges to allow for external factors – these variable costs have been bundled into a variable surcharge.

The International Commercial Postal Surcharge percentage is subject to monthly adjustment. This is calculated to account for price movement in flight linehaul, peak surcharges and fuel surcharges. Our agents/strategic partners apply these, which are beyond our control.

The variable surcharge mechanism means we can:

  1. Provide transparency for customers on changes in variable costs
  2. Consider any shifts in variable pricing that significantly impact the price of moving commercial postal items.
  3. Pass on any reductions to our customers should the pricing decrease.