(Reuters) - FedEx Corp
The rate increase is for FedEx Freight shipments within the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Canada and within Mexico.
The world's second biggest parcel delivery company after United Parcel Service Inc
The increase is smaller than last year's, when FedEx increased freight rates by 4.5 percent, effective July.
While FedEx and UPS revise their shipping rates every year, the rate increase comes at a time when both companies have been trying to readjust to changes in shipping patterns, as many customers move towards cheaper shipping services, especially internationally.
UPS said late last year the company planned to raise rates across the board on an average of 4.9 percent within and between the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
FedEx shares were trading down 0.3 percent at $132.90 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Chicago and Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bangalore; Editing by Nick Zieminski)