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Compensation Fee Parcel Charges 1972-2012


1988 - 80p maximum compensation
(stamps with temporary "skeleton" cancel)

On 4th September 1972 the loss-making registered parcel service was scrapped and replaced with a straight insurance scheme for parcels, under the name "Compensation Fee Parcels". Parcels were sent in the ordinary way with no special handling, but payment of the Compensation Fee provided higher cover in case of loss.

Compensation Fee Parcels bore no marking to show that the fee had been paid (this was clearly a good thing, as otherwise it would have given an indication of the approximate value of the contents!). Payment was made in stamps attached to a special certificate of posting -- these certificates, showing the rates paid by the original users of the service, are the only evidence available for interested collectors.

As a result of the court ruling that the whole of the charge on items that included extra services not part of the "universal service" provision was subject to VAT, from 2011 combined rates were quoted for Compensation Fee Parcels based on weight. The service was scrapped from 30th April 2012 under the Royal Mail Group Limited Inland Parcel Post Scheme Amendment (No. 19) 2012. This was doubtless in preparation for the letter and parcel services being combined the following year.

Compensation Fee only 1972-2011

Date Charges Date Charges Date Charges Date Charges
1972
(4 Sep)
5p - 10
10p - 50
20p - 100
1975
(29 Sep)
7p - 10
12p - 50
20p - 100
1977
(13 Jun)
12p - 10
15p - 50
25p - 100
40p - 200
1979
(20 Aug)
15p - 50
25p - 100
40p - 200
1980
(4 Feb)
20p - 65
30p - 125
45p - 225
1981
(26 Jan)
20p - 40
30p - 80
45p - 175
60p - 250
1982
(1 Feb)
25p - 50
35p - 100
50p - 200
65p - 300
1983
(5 Apr)
27p - 60
37p - 125
55p - 225
70p - 350
1986
(1 Sep)
30p - 60
40p - 125
60p - 225
75p - 350
1987
(7 Sep)
35p - 70
45p - 130
65p - 230
80p - 360
1989
(2 Oct)
40p - 70
50p - 130
70p - 230
85p - 360
1990
(17 Sep)
45p - 75
55p - 140
75p - 250
95p - 400
1991
(1 Jul)
60p - 150
1.10 - 500

1992
(30 Nov)
65p - 150
1.15 - 500
1993
(1 Nov)
65p - 150
1.20 - 500
1994
(3 Oct)
70p - 150
1.25 - 500
1996
(15 Apr)
75p - 150
1.30 - 500
1999
(26 Apr)
40p - 100
1.00 - 250
2.00 - 500
2003
(17 May)
45p - 100
1.10 - 250
2.20 - 500
2004
(1 Apr)
50p - 100
1.15 - 250
2.25 - 500
2005
(7 Apr)
75p - 100
1.75 - 250
3.00 - 500
2006
(3 Apr)
1.00 - 100
2.25 - 250
3.50 - 500
2011
(30 Jan)
Last day

By weight with Compensation Fee 2011-2012

Date Compensation
2011
(31 Jan)
100 250 500
6.49 - 2kg
9.67 - 4kg
12.70 - 6kg
15.29 - 8kg
16.33 - 10kg
18.83 - 20kg
7.99 - 2kg
11.17 - 4kg
14.20 - 6kg
16.79 - 8kg
17.83 - 10kg
20.33 - 20kg
9.49 - 2kg
12.67 - 4kg
15.70 - 6kg
18.29 - 8kg
19.33 - 10kg
21.83 - 20kg
2011
(4 Apr)
100 250 500
6.49 - 2kg
10.34 - 4kg
13.61 - 6kg
16.40 - 8kg
17.53 - 10kg
20.23 - 20kg
8.29 - 2kg
12.14 - 4kg
15.41 - 6kg
18.20 - 8kg
19.33 - 10kg
22.03 - 20kg
9.49 - 2kg
13.34 - 4kg
16.61 - 6kg
19.40 - 8kg
20.53 - 10kg
23.23 - 20kg