International and domestic express rates will average 3.9 percent higher in 2007, DHL Express (USA) announced on Thursday.
The increase in the net average rate for DHL Domestic Air Express and International Express contrasts with a hike of 4.9 percent for DHL Ground shipments, the Plantation, Fla.-based carrier disclosed in a news release.
The company, a unit of Germany's Deutsche Post World Net, has been struggling with losses in the U.S. Earlier this month, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Klaus Zumwinkel said the U.S. unit would meet its breakeven forecast in 2009, and that the company was targeting U.S. market share of 12 percent, compared with 10 percent at present.
The increase for air express and international shipments is comprised of a 5.9-percent average increase in base rates, offset by a two-percent reduction in the air fuel surcharge index.
The new rates are effective Jan. 1.
Other changes include a 10-cent surcharge for residential delivery and for both residential and commercial delivery area service. The remote area service fee will increase by $2.