How to Request a Refund from FedEx
Imagine getting excited to dispatch a customer’s order only for it to be delivered late. Absolutely frustrating, right?
And to make it even worse, your business will be at the receiving end of bad customer reviews, decreased profitability, and yes, a stressful refund process!
If your company is using FedEx in Canada, take note — According to the Buster Fetcher® Report for the second quarter of 2023, out of 1.8 million packages analyzed that were sent and delivered by major carriers in Canada, FedEx Ground had a late delivery rate of 7.52%.
Notably, Alberta had the highest rate of late deliveries at 10.13%, closely followed by Quebec at 8.93%.
So, let me ask you this — Did you know that you can ask FedEx for a late delivery refund?
Yes, you sure can! And guess what? This guide by Buster Fetcher® provides a comprehensive step-by-step procedure to help you navigate the refund process easily.
Are You Eligible for a FedEx Refund for Late Delivery?
But before we dive deeper into the refund process, let us first explore FedEx’s refund policy.
The good news is that FedEx offers a comprehensive Money-Back Guarantee for late package deliveries. The catch? Understanding the fine print!
It’s important that you study and review FedEx’s refund policy along with all the guidelines and specific details. So when things go wrong, you’ll know what to do for your business!
Now, there are a lot of possible circumstances where you may be eligible for a FedEx refund for late delivery. Don’t worry, we’ll break them down for you!
Here’s one — Did you know that if your FedEx Express package arrives a minute later than promised, you're already eligible for a refund?
That's right! 60 seconds could mean the difference between paying for the service or getting your money back.
Keep in mind that the FedEx Money-Back Guarantee is only applicable to:
FedEx First Overnight
FedEx Priority Overnight
FedEx Standard Overnight
FedEx Ground (US ONLY)
FedEx Home Delivery (US ONLY)
How do I claim FedEx's late delivery refund? 4-Step Guide
Handling late deliveries can be stressful and feel like a letdown at some point. But hey, claiming your FedEx refund doesn’t have to be that way, okay?
Don’t let the refund process consume a lot of time and effort on your part.
Here’s a quick and easy step-by-step guide on how to start your FedEx refund claim:
Step #1: Identify the Late Delivery
The first thing that you should do is track your package. Before you file a FedEx refund claim, you need to make sure that your package is indeed late.
Thanks to FedEx’s Self-Service Online Tracking, all you have to do is input the tracking number and that’s it! You can already get the most up-to-date status of your shipments.
Step #2: Check the Time Frame
The next step and most crucial one would be to check the time frame. For invoiced shipments, remember that you must submit your refund request within 15 calendar days of the original invoice date.
The same goes for shipments paid by cash, cheque, money order, or credit card. It’s crucial to take note that the 15-day timeframe applies to the shipment date to ensure a smooth refund process!
So make sure to check the date! Or else, you might end up failing to claim a refund.
Step #3: Gather Required Documentation
Of course, you must be prepared to present all the necessary documentation to support your refund claim.
- The FedEx tracking number;
- Shipment date;
- And contact information on the package.
Be careful not to lose any of this important evidence because it will greatly affect your chance to claim refunds!
Step #4: Submit a Request
Lastly, it’s time to formally submit a FedEx refund request. There are two ways to do that!
First, if you’re signed up for FedEx Billing Online, simply follow these steps:
- Create or input your existing user ID and log in.
- Go to the Account Summary tab.
- Click on the relevant invoice number.
- Go to FedEx Invoice Details and select Tracking ID.
- Select Dispute and specify Dispute Type: Service Failure
- Click Dispute Reason: Delivered Late
- Submit Dispute.
If you don’t have a FedEx account, the other way would be to access the Money-Back Guarantee option.
Simply fill out the refund request form with all the required information and wait for a response! It usually takes seven business days for FedEx to respond with the status of your request.
How long does it take for FedEx to refund a package?
It depends on a variety of factors especially when additional time is needed to process complicated claims.
But in general, FedEx takes 7-21 business days to process a refund claim, including the claim payout.
How do I contact FedEx about my refund?
If you have additional concerns and inquiries regarding refund claims, don’t hesitate to contact FedEx Canada’s customer service team.
Here are the different channels where you can contact FedEx Canada:
Are you having trouble finding a solution online for your FedEx refund? You can call customer service at 1.800.463.3339!
If you’re struggling or need assistance in using one of FedEx’s online tools, try talking to technical support at 1.877.339.2774.
You can also talk to a virtual support assistant on FedEx’s Contact Us page!
The only problem is that a Sales Specialist isn’t always available to assist you.
What to Prepare Before Contacting FedEx for a Refund?
But before you contact FedEx for refund claim concerns, make sure that you already prepared the necessary details and information.
Better be ready than sorry, right? Here are five specific details you may need:
- FedEx account number
- Airway bill or tracking number for the shipment in question
- Weight of the package
- Shipment date
- Reason for the refund request
Now, I know that navigating these processes can be a little tricky and overwhelming. And what’s worse is that it can take up a chunk of your valuable time!
But hey, no one ever said that you have to do it all alone, right? Buster Fetcher® is always here to help you navigate the refund process and make claims on your behalf. All you have to do is subscribe to Buster Fetcher® and we’ll do all the heavy lifting!
What are the Process and Timelines for FedEx Refund Requests?
Now that we already know all of the specifics of FedEx’s policy and how to claim your refunds, let’s head straight to the process!
What exactly happens behind the scenes? How does FedEx come up with the decision? And how long should you wait? Let’s find out!
For Late Delivery Refunds
You submit a refund request. Just fill out the Money-Back Guarantee Request Form to submit your claim! But if you’re a FedEx account holder, you can use FedEx Billing Online to do it.
You provide the necessary information and documentation. Of course, you have to prepare the necessary documentation to support your refund claim. These are the tracking number, shipment date, and contact information on the package.
FedEx will evaluate your request to determine if it qualifies for a refund. Once you’ve submitted your refund request, the waiting game begins. If you used the Money-Back Guarantee option, expect to receive a response within seven business days.
If you are qualified for a refund, FedEx will issue a credit to your business account.
Handling one late package is already a tedious task. What more if it’s two? Three? Or twenty? Ah, that would be a frustrating situation to be in!
But hey, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — you don’t have to do it alone! Let Buster Fetcher® make your life easier and claim refunds on your behalf.
For Other Service Failure Refunds
If you have other concerns regarding a FedEx service failure, it’s best to read the conditions listed below. Failure to comply with these conditions invalidates your right to receive any refund, credit, or compensation in any lawsuit.
Oh, and take note that you must notify FedEx about the service failure and request a refund or credit for transportation charges.
To request a refund or credit for transportation charges from a service failure, you must submit a written request to the FedEx Customer Service Department in your local area.
When notifying FedEx of a service failure, please ensure that your notification includes the following details: your FedEx account number, the air waybill or tracking number of the package, the shipment weight, the shipment date, and the recipient's name, address, and postal code.
To request a refund or credit for transportation charges, it is essential to submit your request through one of the approved channels within 15 calendar days from the invoice date. If you are making payment via credit card or in advance with cash, check, or money order, the request must also be received within 15 calendar days from the shipment date.
Making a partial payment towards an invoice isn’t equivalent to requesting an adjustment to the invoice or notifying FedEx of a refund request. Similarly, if your payment includes a notice regarding an unpaid charge, it will not be regarded as a request for an invoice adjustment or a notice of a refund request, unless the unpaid charge is related to a service failure
What are the Factors that May Affect the Processing Time?
It’s also helpful to keep in mind that sometimes, it would take longer to process your refund request. Why? So you won’t get your hopes up and be disappointed anyway!
Here are some of the factors that may affect your refund request’s processing time:
The volume of refund requests: Think of it this way, it would definitely take longer to process your refund request when there are a thousand more requests ahead of you.
The complexity of the refund request: When there is more extra information to be validated, FedEx takes longer to reach a final decision.
Accuracy of information provided: When you’ve already prepared all the necessary information needed and checked its accuracy, you can expect a faster and smoother refund process.
Peak shipping seasons: It’s also harder to process your refund claims during peak seasons because of the increased demand across the market!
How to Claim Your FedEx Refund for Late Delivery: Final Thoughts
Businesses like yours have a high chance of claiming FedEx refunds for late deliveries. It’s not impossible at all!
What’s important is that you familiarize yourself with FedEx’s refund process and policies.
Using the Money-Back Guarantee, FedEx Billing Online, and Self-Service Online Tracking Tool to your advantage can come a long way as well.
Of course, following the carefully outlined steps in this guide could also save you a lot of time and money. Which are resources that you can spend in the best interest of your business!
But hey, if you need further assistance with your refund concerns, it’s best to contact FedEx’s customer service directly. Alright?
I know, I know. It’s definitely stressful to handle these late delivery refunds alone. But again, who said that you have to do it by yourself, anyway?
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Here at Buster Fetcher®, we’re excited to help and see you win the shipping game!