United Parcel Service says its rates for next year will rise 4.9 percent for ground and air-express shipments.

UPS says that ground rates will increase 5.9 percent but will be partly offset by a 1 percent reduction in the fuel surcharge.

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It’s a similar story with air-express and international shipments, with a 6.9 percent base rate increase combined with a 2 percent decline in the fuel surcharge.

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The new rates will take effect Jan. 3.

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