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AG Herring Announces $4 Million UPS Settlement – UPS Announces Rate Hike – Virginians Get Screwed

What a tool Virginia elected for Attorney General. This demonstrates the Classic liberal “Progressive” thought process better than anything I can think of off the top of my head.

I just received an email from AG Herring in which he crows about milking UPS – the delivery service that we all use – for $4 million because some state packages arrived late after our tax dollars paid for the faster service.

I admit on the surface that it seems UPS took money and failed to deliver as promised, happens to me all the time. And going after them is a natural response.

Herring wrote in the email:

“Virginia taxpayers paid for guaranteed delivery times and UPS failed to live up to their end of the bargain,” said Attorney General Herring. “We’re working every day to defend the rights of Virginia consumers and their government against corporations that improperly profit at the expense of taxpayers.”

So while the state gets their share of the loot from UPS – a whopping $240,000 for 10 years of late packages (2004 – 2014) what do the taxpayers (and the state) get?

A UPS price hike.

UPS announced yesterday that it has rolled out its 2016 rate increases.

Big Brown said that effective December 28, UPS Ground rates and accessorial charges will head up by an average of 4.9 percent, and UPS Air and International services and accessorials, including UPSAir Freight rates within and between the United States and Canada will increase by an average net of 5.2 percent. And rates for UPS Freight, the company’s less-than-truckload (LTL) segment, will increase 4.9 percent and take effect on October 26.

UPS also said that surcharges for Over Maximum packages and tables for Ground Air and International fuel surcharges will increase on November 2, and on January 4, 2016, it said there will be a charge for the company’s Third-Party Billing Service. For the Third-Party Billing Service, UPS bills shipping charges to a party other than the shipper or receiver, with the third party required to have a valid UPS account number and must have agreed to accept the charges.

Company officials said that rate and surcharge tables are geared to address the impact of increased costs and changing demand for select UPS products and other market factors.

Note the underlined portion in the sentence above. Any idea what the “select” products are? How much you want to bet they are the same products UPS was just forced to pony up $4 million for?

This always happens when government looks out for the little guy.

So your next order from Amazon or EBay will be more expensive.

Thanks Mark Herring. For nothing!!!

Article written by: Tom White