Get the best value from your postage

Discover useful tips on how to pack and post your mail to save you money

Overview

We know how important it is to keep your postage costs down

Whether you’re using Royal Mail or Parcelforce Worldwide, here are some tips to get the most out of your postage.

1. Pack smart

The price of postage, whether 1st, 2nd Class or Royal Mail Signed For®, depends on size as well as weight. That means picking the right packaging can save you a fair bit of money.

If your item is classed as a Small Parcel, it’ll be a lot cheaper to send than a Medium Parcel – even if it’s the same weight. 

For a guide to postage sizes and costs in the UK, have a look at our prices.

2. Guaranteed services aren’t always more expensive

Fully tracked, one-day and two-day services are not always the most expensive option. 

For items over 2kg sent within the UK, Parcelforce Worldwide express48 is the cheapest option, even though it includes compensation of up to £100, online tracking and guaranteed delivery  within two working days.

3. Send a few things to one address together

If you have quite a few things to post, and you’re using a Parcelforce Worldwide service excluding globalvalue and globaleconomy, you can send up to 15 items as a consignment and receive a discount.

For example
Two parcels weighing 2kg and 4kg with a total weight of 6kg being sent by express24 to the same UK address would cost £33.97. If they were sent together it would cost £20.90, saving you £13.07!

4. eBay seller? Pick a service that meets their protection guidelines

Royal Mail Signed For®, Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® by 9am and 1pm, and all the Parcelforce Worldwide express services meet eBay’s protection guidelines for sales that total £150 or more. 

Remember to check the compensation available when you choose your service, so if there's any loss, delay or damage you'll be covered.

5. If you’re a business customer, claim back your VAT

If your business is registered for VAT, and sells taxable goods or services, then it’s likely that you’ll be able recover the VAT spent on postage as part of your VAT return. 

Standard postal services are exempt from VAT. However, if any delivery charge you make to your own customers includes the cost of stamps you buy from the Post Office you may have to charge VAT on the whole amount including the cost of postage.

Royal Mail has more information on the VAT it charges on specific services.

For professional advice, talk to your company’s finance department, accountant or tax advisor. You can also find more information on VAT at the HMRC website

If you’re eligible, don’t forget to ask for a VAT receipt when you’re sending your item.

6. Pick the right packaging

Need packaging that’ll last the distance? Choose PostPak.

Because it’s easy to build and very robust, it’s the perfect way to safely send your parcels. 

And the PostPak’s FSC accreditation* means all materials are sourced responsibly while still maintaining high quality standards.

*Forest Stewardship Council (PostPak Red only)

Save money with packaging

Have a look at our range

Bubble Envelopes

Size 0 Size 1 Size 3
One CD DVDs A4 Documents
Width: 14cm Width: 17cm Width: 22cm
Height:19.5cm Height:24.5cm Height:32cm

 

Size 4 Size 5 Size 7
Mobile phones One CD A4 Lever Arch Files
Width: 24cm Width: 26cm Width: 34cm
Height:32cm Height:34.5cm Width: 44.5cm

 

Mailing Boxes

     
A (Small Box Cube) B (Small Box 1) C (Small Box 2)
Width: 16cm Width: 31.8cm Width: 35cm
Height:16cm Height:22.4cm Height: 25cm
Thickness: 16cm Thickness: 8cm Thickness: 16cm

 

     
D (Medium Box) E (Airmail Box 1) F (Large Box)
Width: 45cm Width: 44.7m Width: 47.3cm
Height: 35cm Height: 34.7cm Height: 36.8cm
Thickness: 16cm Thickness: 15.7cm Thickness: 19.5cm

 

Packing Accessories

We also have a whole range of PostPak items available to wrap and protect your items – everything from Bubble Wrap and Packing Paper to a complete Parcel Wrapping Kit.

  Inland Services
  1st and 2nd Class,  Royal Mail Signed For Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am
Boxes & tubes Dimensions Weight Limit: Small parcel 2kg Medium parcel 20kg Weight Limit: 2kg
Posting Tube (Small)

32cm x 5.5cm

  • (Small parcel)
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Posting Tube (Large)

48cm x 5.5cm

  • (Medium Parcel)
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A (Small Box Cube)

Width: 16cm,

Height: 16cm

Depth: 16cm
  • (Small parcel)
  •  
B (Small Box 1)

 

Width: 31.8cm

Height: 80cm

Depth: 22.4cm
  • (Small parcel)
  •  
C (Small Box 2)

Width: 35cm

Height: 16cm

Depth: 25cm
  • (Small parcel)
  •  
D (Small Box)

Width: 45cm

Height: 8cm

Depth: 35cm
  • (Small Parcel)
  •  
E (Airmail Box)

Width: 44.7cm

Height: 15.7cm

Depth: 34.7cm
  • (Medium Parcel)
  •  
F (Large Box)

Width: 47.3cm

Height: 19.5cm

Depth: 36.8cm
  • (Small Parcel)
  •  

 

  Inland Services
  Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm Parcelforce Worldwide express 9, 10, AM, 24, 48
Boxes & tubes Dimensions Weight Limit: 20kg Weight Limit: 30kg
Posting Tube (Small)

32cm x 5.5cm

  •  
  •  
Posting Tube (Large)

48cm x 5.5cm

X
  •  
A (Small Box Cube)

Width: 16cm,

Height: 16cm

Depth: 16cm
  •  
  •  
B (Small Box 1)

 

Width: 31.8cm

Height: 80cm

Depth: 22.4cm
  •  
  •  
C (Small Box 2)

Width: 35cm

Height: 16cm

Depth: 25cm
  •  
  •  
D (Small Box)

Width: 45cm

Height: 8cm

Depth: 35cm
  •  
  •  
E (Airmail Box)

Width: 44.7cm

Height: 15.7cm

Depth: 34.7cm
  •  
  •  
F (Large Box)

Width: 47.3cm

Height: 19.5cm

Depth: 36.8cm
  •  
  •  

 

  International Services
  Royal Mail Airsure, International Signed For, Airmail & Surface Mail Parcelforce Worldwide globalexpress, globalpriority, globalvalue & globaleconomy
Boxes & tubes Dimensions Weight Limit: 2kg (printed papers allowable up to and including 5kg) Weight Limit: 30kg
Posting Tube (Small)

32cm x 5.5cm

  •  
  •  
Posting Tube (Large)

48cm x 5.5cm

X
  •  
A (Small Box Cube)

Width: 16cm,

Height: 16cm

Depth: 16cm
  •  
  •  
B (Small Box 1)

 

Width: 31.8cm

Height: 80cm

Depth: 22.4cm
  •  
  •  
C (Small Box 2)

Width: 35cm

Height: 16cm

Depth: 25cm
  •  
  •  
D (Small Box)

Width: 45cm

Height: 8cm

Depth: 35cm
  •  
  •  
E (Airmail Box)

Width: 44.7cm

Height: 15.7cm

Depth: 34.7cm
  •  
  •  
F (Large Box)

Width: 47.3cm

Height: 19.5cm

Depth: 36.8cm

X

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