According to their website this change was announced 10/25/17, but I only saw it this morning. To lend clarity, the Large Package Surcharge itself is currently $70 (and will be raised to $80 for 2018 as shown in more recent news), PLUS you pay for a minimum of the 90# rate. So now we are looking at around $120 minimum charge for a standard 8' box, and that is whether there is one stick or it's jam packed. Currently Zone 2 ranges from about $20 to $25 depending on whether the address is residential or commercial, and if it's in a "remote access" location (or whatever it's called - even our State Capital of Montpelier is classified that way...). Truck (LTL) rates are a lot more variable than UPS, but minimum charge is generally between $90-120. The thing is that the minimum charge usually covers up to about 250# and they charge by shipment weight, not the number of packages, so suddenly LTL is looking a LOT more attractive. Ever since UPS changed the maximum length from 90" to 108" (probably about 30 years ago) we have ordered mostly 8' lumber and have had boxes custom made to hold 98" material and are about 100" by the time you fold 5 layers of cardboard at both ends. I'm sure FedEx is following suit. I tried figuring it out but their rates and/or website is even more complicated than UPS's. I haven't decided what we're going to do yet, but this could well lead to production changes.