Olympic Surcharges – Check your courier rates

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During the Olympic Games temporary road changes will be introduced along the Olympic Route Network – a 109-mile network of roads connecting key venues, accommodation and transport hubs across London. The Paralympic Route Network will operate on a smaller scale during the Paralympic Games.

The area of London impacted by the Olympic Route Network stretches from Heathrow in the West across all of West, South, Central and East London.

Many courier companies will be applying a surcharge to every parcel delivered into the areas of London affected by the Olympic Route Network as well as suspending all timed services (Pre 9:00, 10:00 & 12noon). The surcharges can apply from the end of July until early September dependent on courier and could be anything up to £1.95 on top of your normal courier costs.

If you have parcels to ship into London you need to inform your customers of possible delays. More importantly you need to be aware of which couriers will surcharge you and if possible it’s probably worth switching to a different carrier for the duration of the games for many London deliveries.

There is some good news, Royal Mail have no delivery surcharges (although Parcelforce do), and there are some couriers who won’t be applying a surcharge at all. Although the main surcharge areas are E, EC, HA, IG, N, NW, RM, SE, SL, SW, TW, UB, W, WC for London and DT for Weymouth you’ll need to check with your own courier for the exact postcodes where the Olympic Surcharge is to be applied.

Olympic London Delivery Surcharges

City Link

Events Surcharge of £1.50/consignment to all deliveries attempted and 3rd party collections


£1.95 for each consignment


No Courier Surcharge


No Courier Surcharge


£1.95 for each consignment


£1 per consignment for account customer pricing (No surcharge if purchased through eBay Postage)


No Surcharges will be applied during the Olympic period


No Courier surcharge. However UPS are handling the final mile deliveries to Official Olympic Venues with a £5 charge plus an additional £20 security surcharge per parcel


No surcharges announced

If you know of any other courier surcharges let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

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