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Published: Jan 26, 2023 8 min read
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While it might not seem like much after months of high inflation, prices for Uber rides, FedEx shipping and certain Amazon purchases may have gotten slightly cheaper recently. These and other companies have quietly been lowering prices or dropping fuel surcharges they tacked onto services last year now that gas prices have dropped.

Amazon became the latest company to end its surcharge, removing a 5% “fuel & inflation” fee on Jan. 17. The surcharge applied to third-party sellers who use the company’s fulfillment service for warehousing, packaging and shipping. After the fee was implemented in April, some sellers likely passed along the higher costs to customers by increasing prices.

However, as Amazon lifted the surcharge, it simultaneously increased its “standard” fulfillment fees, citing the persistence of inflation, so overall costs aren't really getting any lower for sellers as a result of this change.

Other companies, however, have lifted fuel surcharges in more than just name as gas prices have dropped by about $1.50 since reaching an all-time high above $5 in June.

Jan. 3 was the last day that Uber charged riders an additional fuel charge of 45 or 55 cents per ride, 100% of which went to drivers. The fee was implemented last March, and at the time, the company said it would reevaluate in 60 days, but it ultimately remained in place for 10 months.

Rideshare companies end fuel surcharges