Mail Changes 2014

Royal Mail have made changes to their UK and international products and services. These changes took effect Monday 31st March 2014.

We’ve summarised the changes for you below:

 

Whats changed?

  • New prices for Royal Mail UK and international mail
  • International format based pricing by Royal Mail
  • New Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service

UK

  • Small Parcel 1-2kg prices has reduced by £1.40 to £5.45 for 1st Class - and by £1.80 to £3.80 for 2nd Class.
  • Medium Parcel prices up to 2kg is unchanged
  • There are small rises for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed.  For example, the next day 1pm service for items 0-100g is now £6.40, from £6.22.
  • 1st Class stamp price rose by 2p to 62p
  • 2nd Class stamp price rose by 3p to 53p
  • 1st Class and 2nd Class Small Parcel prices at 0-1kg both rose by 20p, to £3.20 and £2.80 respectively.

International

From 31 March, Royal Mail are introduced a new service, International Tracked and Signed. The service is available to 43 countries and offers end to end tracking together with a signature on delivery for extra reassurance.

There are also some changes to names of services.

To support eBayers and other small businesses, Royal Mail have restructured and re-branded their international portfolio. The international portfolio now includes a new service 'International Tracked & Signed', see the table below:
 

Current Product Name

New Product Name

Surface Mail

International Economy

Airmail

International Standard

Airsure

International Tracked

International Signed For

1. International Tracked and Signed, or

 

2. International Signed (depending on destination country)

International formats

An international letter now has maximum dimensions of 240mm x 165mm x 5mm with a maximum weight limit of 100g (same as Inland 1st & 2nd Class Letter format). Anything bigger than this or over 100g will be priced as an international parcel.

What happens next?

If you'd like to know more about how these changes affect you, speak to our Mails specialists in your branch.

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