Royal Mail 27th March 2017 Business Price Rises

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Royal Mail‘s price increases for businesses are never as clear cut as those for consumers as the overall price rise may differ dependent on the service you use and/or your posting profile. The headline price changes are:

Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48

Prices for Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 will increase on average by up to 1.5% (excluding add-ons and surcharges)

1st & 2nd Class

Account prices for sending a 1st Class Letter will start from 56p and prices for 2nd Class Letters will start from 38p. You can send a 1st Class Small Parcel from £3.12 or send a 2nd Class Small Parcel from £2.62

Special Delivery Compensation Increases

Compensation levels will increase to £750 for Special delivery Guaranteed items purchased through a Contract. The basic level of compensation on Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am will increase from £50 to £750 and on the 1pm service from £500 to £750.

New savings

You can save with a new unsorted Account Mail option. From 27 March 2017 a new Account Mail option will be made available for unsorted mail, priced below Royal Mail’s existing product while offering the same quality of service.

Royal Mail want all the items they handle – letters and parcels – to carry a barcode (This already happens in the US). Help Royal Mail by changing to bar codes and you’ll get savings of 1p per item just for printing a barcode on your envelopes.

Bar Codes

The bar codes and discounts will apply to Standard Business Mail, Standard Advertising Mail, 1st and 2nd Class Account Mail. (Product codes STL, BPL and CLN.)

There will only be one size for the new PPI design to ensure the barcode is not distorted. This may mean you need to adjust your label sizes.

Royal Mail say that bar codes enable them to process mail more efficiently and and so can past the cost saving to customers through lower prices.

Royal Mail Inland Business Account Post Prices – 2017
Format
Weight
1st Class
Account BPL
2nd Class
Account BPL
1st Class
Account UNG
2nd Class
Account UNH
Letter
100g
56p
38p
55p
37p
 
Large Letter
100g
86p
66p
85p
65p
250g
£1.20
93p
£1.19
92p
500g
£1.58
£1.22
£1.57
£1.195
750g
£2.23
£1.72
£2.22
£1.705
 
Small Parcel
1kg
£3.12
£2.62
n/a
n/a
2kg
£5.22
£2.62
n/a
n/a
 
Medium Parcel
1kg
£4.87
£4.52
n/a
n/a
2kg
£7.57
£4.52
n/a
n/a
5kg
£15.85
£13.75
n/a
n/a
10kg
£21.90
£20.25
n/a
n/a
20kg
£33.40
£28.55
n/a
n/a

Online Postage Savings

If you buy your postage ad hoc, you can make savings on some parcels by purchasing online instead of buying stamps

Royal Mail Inland Stamp/Online Post Prices – 2017
1st Class
2nd Class
Format
Weight
Stamp
Online
Stamp
Online
Letter
100g
65p
65p
56p
56p
 
Large Letter
100g
98p
98p
76p
76p
250g
£1.30
£1.30
£1.22
£1.22
500g
£1.74
£1.74
£1.58
£1.58
750g
£2.52
£2.52
£2.14
£2.14
 
Small Parcel
1kg
£3.40
£3.35
£2.90
£2.82
2kg
£5.50
£5.45
£2.90
£2.82
 
Medium Parcel
1kg
£5.70
£5.65
£5.00
£4.92
2kg
£8.95
£8.90
£5.00
£4.92
5kg
£15.85
£15.85
£13.75
£13.75
10kg
£21.90
£21.90
£20.25
£20.25
20kg
£33.40
£33.40
£28.55
£28.55
 

International Price Rises

International prices are edging up. The table below shows the basic account prices, but check the Royal Mail website for Tracked/Signed prices.

Royal Mail Account International Small Parcels Price Changes 2016 – 2017
2016
2017
Weight
Europe
World Zone 1
World Zone 2
Europe
World Zone 1
World Zone 2
100g
£3.30
£3.90
£4.25
£3.55
£4.20
£4.55
250g
£3.75
£4.75
£5.20
£3.85
£4.90
£5.35
500g
£5.25
£7.35
£8.10
£5.50
£7.75
£8.40
750g
£6.55
£9.85
£10.70
£6.85
£10.35
£11.05
1kg
£7.85
£12.40
£13.35
£8.15
£12.85
£13.60
1.25kg
£9.00
£13.90
£15.05
£9.30
£14.35
£15.30
1.5kg
£10.25
£15.50
£16.85
£10.45
£15.85
£17.10
1.75kg
£11.50
£17.10
£18.65
£11.55
£17.35
£18.85
2kg
£12.55
£18.70
£20.45
£12.60
£18.80
£20.55

 
You can view the full current Royal Mail business tariff for 2016 and the new 2017 business tariff valid from the 27th March on the Royal Mail website.

9 Responses

  1. More prices rises for international, we have already got rid of them for the Nordics we will have to start looking elsewhere for some other areas that is 2 price hikes in a few months from them.

  2. is this correct ? 86p per item first class using the BPL code ? this is a massive 6p increase per item ?
    if could please clarify/confirm

    thanks for help and advice

  3. “We have considered any pricing changes very carefully and have sought to minimise any impact on our customers”

    Gosh, how we can thank Royal Mail enough for their valiant and heroic efforts to keep these price rises to a minimum.

    Imagine the effort as they strained every sinew to reduce the impact on their customers.

    We are so grateful for the 12p rise in the cost of Europe airmail (11% rise)

    And for the 6p hike in first class franked mail (11% rise again)

    Clearly they are not cynical, money-grabbing profiteers, damaging the interests of British business for the sake of shareholders and exec bonuses.

    Far from it.

    Left alone in the larder with an enormous pie, with nobody to tell them not to touch it, they have stoically resisted the temptation to stuff their faces with it.

    They are heroes. Dame Moira, anyone?

  4. How can Royal Mail justify a 15% hike in their prices.

    They can NOT.

    This is what privatisation means, increase prices to pay shareholders their dividends.

  5. “Royal Mail say that bar codes enable them to process mail more efficiently and and so can past the cost saving to customers through lower prices.”

    Sounds like a great idea, but… How can you justify putting in a new system that will save money & cut costs yet at the same time put prices up?

    So no 1p savings for parcels using the new barcodes?

  6. Would it be possible for Tamebay to review the various ways to pay for Royal Mail postage?

    An idea of the true cost of each method (including supplies subscriptions etc.) as for services like franking there are substantial additional costs to be paid to the machine supplier.

    A basic guide to how to use each method would also be appreciated- services like PPI seem to be easy but it is difficult to find out how to use it.

  7. I would have thought most tamebay visitors would be using an OBA account. if you ship more than 1K mixed LL & Parcels per annum, your prices would be as follows:

    Large Letter RM 24® RM 48®
    0 –100g £0.80 £0.63
    101–250g £1.10 £0.89
    251–500g £1.28 £1.04
    501–750g £1.68 £1.37

    Parcel RM 24® RM 48®
    0–1000g £2.70 £2.15
    1001–1250g £2.90 £2.45
    1251–1500g £3.13 £2.50
    1501–1750g £3.33 £2.50
    1751–2000g £3.59 £2.50

    OBA still works on average weight, so a lot of the heavier stuff still comes in at the 0-1KG rate. An RM economy parcel with the normal discounts should come in at approx £2.05-£2.10.

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