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Letter and Packet Rates from 2006


Catalogue sent as "Large Letter" on first day of Pricing in Proportion
Printed "URGENT", but sent at second class 500-750g 1.09 rate

On 21st August 2006, Royal Mail introduced a new pricing method called Pricing in Proportion or PiP that takes into account both the weight and the size of an item.

The pricing structure was intended to be more reflective of the true costs of carrying an item, with larger items requiring more manual handling. Postcomm, the independent regulator for postal services, called it the "biggest shake up to the postal system since the Penny Black".

(It should be noted that this was not the first time the idea had been considered -- it actually dates back to the 1960s, with the introduction of recommended "Post Office Preferred" envelope sizes to aid machining of mail. Surcharge marks issued at the time included "Non POP" as an option, although no such postage due charge was ever implemented.)

Inland mail was now divided into three categories:

Type Maxima (mm or g) Notes
Long Wide Thick Weight
Letters 240 165 5 100 Frequently, although not officially, referred to as "standard letters". Only one weight category. Includes most normal letters, postcards, bills and statements, some brochures and catalogues, most birthday cards with envelopes up to C5 size
Large Letters 353 250 25 750 Items larger than a Letter in size and/or weight. Four weight categories. Includes large letters (containing unfolded sheets of standard paper), most brochures, catalogues and company reports, some magazines, CDs and DVDs, most larger birthday cards, most magazines, with envelopes up to C4 size
Packets --- --- --- --- Any items larger than a Large Letter in size and/or weight. Only general maxima apply. VHS cassettes, books, some magazines and catalogues, parts and samples, prints and posters in large or cylindrical packaging

On 2nd April 2013 the letter service and standard parcels service were combined. The "packets" category was now split into two: "Small Parcels" (up to 2kg) and "Medium Parcels" (up to 20kg), and was available for both First and Second Class up to the maximum weight:

Type Maxima (mm or kg) Notes
Long Wide Thick Weight
Small Parcels 450 350 80/160 2 Most books, most items of clothing, most toys and gifts. Also includes parcels not more than 160x160x160mm and roll or cylinder shaped parcels up to 450mm long by 80mm diameter. From 28th October 2013 this was extended for consumers, small non-contract business and franking customers to include options for "wide" (450x350x80mm) and "deep" (250x350x160mm) parcels. From 20th October 2013 the limit of thickness became 160mm.
Medium Parcels 610 460 460 20 Most household appliances, most footwear, large items of clothing. Also includes roll or cylinder shaped parcels up to 900mm long and up to 1040mm (length + twice the diameter)

For larger parcels, the poster was referred to Parcelforce.

"Universal service" items were not affected by the imposition of VAT on postal costs beginning from 2011.

Date First Class Second Class
2006
(21 Aug)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

32p - 100g

Large Letter

44p - 100g
65p - 250g
90p - 500g
1.31 - 750g

Packet

1.00 - 100g
1.27 - 250g
1.70 - 500g
2.20 - 750g
2.70 - 1kg
4.74 - 1.25kg

Each additional 250g - 85p
Letter

30p - 100g

Large Letter

41p - 100g
61p - 250g
85p - 500g
1.24 - 750g

Packet

94p - 100g
1.20 - 250g
1.60 - 500g
2.07 - 750g
2.55 - 1kg
4.60 - 1.25kg

Each additional 250g - 83p
Letter

23p - 100g

Large Letter

37p - 100g
55p - 250g
75p - 500g
1.09 - 750g

Packet

84p - 100g
1.09 - 250g
1.39 - 500g
1.77 - 750g
2.12 - 1kg
Letter

21p - 100g

Large Letter

33p - 100g
49p - 250g
68p - 500g
98p - 750g

Packet

79p - 100g
1.02 - 250g
1.31 - 500g
1.63 - 750g
1.95 - 1kg
The maximum weight for second class mail increased from 750g to 1kg

Prices for items weighing over 1kg remained unchanged
2007
(2 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

34p - 100g

Large Letter

48p - 100g
70p - 250g
98p - 500g
1.42 - 750g

Packet

1.09 - 100g
1.38 - 250g
1.84 - 500g
2.38 - 750g
2.92 - 1kg
4.25 - 1.25kg

Each additional 250g - 75p
Letter

32p - 100g

Large Letter

44p - 100g
65p - 250g
90p - 500g
1.30 - 750g

Packet

1.03 - 100g
1.31 - 250g
1.69 - 500g
2.18 - 750g
2.68 - 1kg
3.91 - 1.25kg

Each additional 250g - 69p
Letter

24p - 100g

Large Letter

40p - 100g
60p - 250g
83p - 500g
1.20 - 750g

Packet

92p - 100g
1.20 - 250g
1.52 - 500g
1.92 - 750g
2.30 - 1kg
Letter

22p - 100g

Large Letter

36p - 100g
53p - 250g
74p - 500g
1.09 - 750g

Packet

87p - 100g
1.14 - 250g
1.39 - 500g
1.76 - 750g
2.11 - 1kg
Raises for lower weight bands for packets, but a reduction in higher rates
2008
(7 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

36p - 100g

Large Letter

52p - 100g
78p - 250g
1.08 - 500g
1.57 - 750g

Packet

1.14 - 100g
1.45 - 250g
1.94 - 500g
2.51 - 750g
3.08 - 1kg
4.30 - 1.25kg
5.00 - 1.5kg
5.70 - 1.75kg
6.40 - 2kg
8.22 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.80
Letter

34p - 100g

Large Letter

46p - 100g
69p - 250g
99p - 500g
1.44 - 750g

Packet

1.06 - 100g
1.34 - 250g
1.68 - 500g
2.13 - 750g
2.61 - 1kg
3.65 - 1.25kg
4.27 - 1.5kg
4.89 - 1.75kg
5.51 - 2kg
7.39 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.52
Letter

27p - 100g

Large Letter

42p - 100g
66p - 250g
90p - 500g
1.31 - 750g

Packet

95p - 100g
1.24 - 250g
1.63 - 500g
2.08 - 750g
2.49 - 1kg
Letter

24p - 100g

Large Letter

37p - 100g
56p - 250g
81p - 500g
1.17 - 750g

Packet

90p - 100g
1.15 - 250g
1.41 - 500g
1.76 - 750g
2.11 - 1kg
Further rationalisation of the weight bands for packets
2009
(6 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

39p - 100g

Large Letter

61p - 100g
90p - 250g
1.24 - 500g
1.77 - 750g

Packet

1.28 - 100g
1.62 - 250g
2.14 - 500g
2.65 - 750g
3.25 - 1kg
4.45 - 1.25kg
5.15 - 1.5kg
5.85 - 1.75kg
6.55 - 2kg
8.22 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.80
Letter

36p - 100g

Large Letter

50p - 100g
72p - 250g
1.04 - 500g
1.51 - 750g

Packet

1.20 - 100g
1.49 - 250g
1.80 - 500g
2.23 - 750g
2.70 - 1kg
3.76 - 1.25kg
4.42 - 1.5kg
5.07 - 1.75kg
5.66 - 2kg
7.39 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.52
Letter

30p - 100g

Large Letter

47p - 100g
76p - 250g
1.04 - 500g
1.51 - 750g

Packet

1.08 - 100g
1.41 - 250g
1.85 - 500g
2.24 - 750g
2.70 - 1kg
Letter

25p - 100g

Large Letter

40p - 100g
59p - 250g
85p - 500g
1.23 - 750g

Packet

1.00 - 100g
1.30 - 250g
1.50 - 500g
1.82 - 750g
2.18 - 1kg
2010
(6 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

41p - 100g

Large Letter

66p - 100g
96p - 250g
1.32 - 500g
1.87 - 750g

Packet

1.39 - 100g
1.72 - 250g
2.24 - 500g
2.75 - 750g
3.35 - 1kg
4.50 - 1.25kg
5.20 - 1.5kg
5.90 - 1.75kg
6.60 - 2kg
8.22 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.80
Letter

36p - 100g

Large Letter

50p - 100g
72p - 250g
1.04 - 500g
1.51 - 750g

Packet

1.20 - 100g
1.49 - 250g
1.80 - 500g
2.23 - 750g
2.70 - 1kg
3.76 - 1.25kg
4.42 - 1.5kg
5.07 - 1.75kg
5.66 - 2kg
7.39 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.52
Letter

32p - 100g

Large Letter

51p - 100g
81p - 250g
1.11 - 500g
1.59 - 750g

Packet

1.17 - 100g
1.51 - 250g
1.95 - 500g
2.36 - 750g
2.84 - 1kg
Letter

25p - 100g

Large Letter

40p - 100g
59p - 250g
85p - 500g
1.23 - 750g

Packet

1.00 - 100g
1.30 - 250g
1.50 - 500g
1.82 - 750g
2.18 - 1kg
Prices for franked mail remained the same
2011
(4 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

46p - 100g

Large Letter

75p - 100g
1.09 - 250g
1.46 - 500g
2.07 - 750g

Packet

1.58 - 100g
1.96 - 250g
2.48 - 500g
3.05 - 750g
3.71 - 1kg
4.90 - 1.25kg
5.66 - 1.5kg
6.42 - 1.75kg
7.18 - 2kg
8.95 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 3.05
Letter

39p - 100g

Large Letter

55p - 100g
79p - 250g
1.10 - 500g
1.60 - 750g

Packet

1.36 - 100g
1.69 - 250g
1.90 - 500g
2.36 - 750g
2.86 - 1kg
3.98 - 1.25kg
4.68 - 1.5kg
5.37 - 1.75kg
5.99 - 2kg
7.83 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 2.67
Letter

36p - 100g

Large Letter

58p - 100g
92p - 250g
1.23 - 500g
1.76 - 750g

Packet

1.33 - 100g
1.72 - 250g
2.16 - 500g
2.61 - 750g
3.15 - 1kg
Letter

28p - 100g

Large Letter

44p - 100g
65p - 250g
90p - 500g
1.30 - 750g

Packet

1.14 - 100g
1.48 - 250g
1.59 - 500g
1.92 - 750g
2.31 - 1kg
2012
(30 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

60p - 100g

Large Letter

90p - 100g
1.20 - 250g
1.60 - 500g
2.30 - 750g

Packet

2.70 - 750g
4.30 - 1kg
5.60 - 1.25kg
6.50 - 1.5kg
7.40 - 1.75kg
8.30 - 2kg
10.30 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 3.50
Letter

44p - 100g

Large Letter

66p - 100g
92p - 250g
1.24 - 500g
1.76 - 750g

Packet

2.36 - 750g
3.29 - 1kg
4.57 - 1.25kg
5.38 - 1.5kg
6.18 - 1.75kg
6.89 - 2kg
9.00 - 4kg

Each additional 2kg - 3.07
Letter

50p - 100g

Large Letter

69p - 100g
1.10 - 250g
1.40 - 500g
1.90 - 750g

Packet

2.20 - 750g
3.50 - 1kg
Letter

31p - 100g

Large Letter

53p - 100g
76p - 250g
1.01 - 500g
1.43 - 750g

Packet

1.92 - 750g
2.54 - 1kg
Large increase in the price of most services to bring them in line with actual costs and prepare for privatisation
2013
(2 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

60p - 100g

Large Letter

90p - 100g
1.20 - 250g
1.60 - 500g
2.30 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.00 - 1kg
6.85 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.65 - 1kg
8.90 - 2kg
15.10 - 5kg
21.25 - 10kg
32.40 - 20kg
Letter

47p - 100g

Large Letter

71p - 100g
1.00 - 250g
1.33 - 500g
1.87 - 750g

Small Parcel

2.65 - 1kg
5.85 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.80 - 1kg
7.50 - 2kg
15.10 - 5kg
21.25 - 10kg
32.40 - 20kg
Letter

50p - 100g

Large Letter

69p - 100g
1.10 - 250g
1.40 - 500g
1.90 - 750g

Small Parcel

2.60 - 1kg
5.60 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.20 - 1kg
8.00 - 2kg
13.35 - 5kg
19.65 - 10kg
27.70 - 20kg
Letter

33p - 100g

Large Letter

58p - 100g
82p - 250g
1.09 - 500g
1.53 - 750g

Small Parcel

2.25 - 1kg
4.60 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.40 - 1kg
6.85 - 2kg
13.35 - 5kg
19.65 - 10kg
27.70 - 20kg
Combined with Standard Parcels service
2014
(31 Mar)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

62p - 100g

Large Letter

93p - 100g
1.24 - 250g
1.65 - 500g
2.38 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.20 - 1kg
5.45 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.65 - 1kg
8.90 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

50p - 100g

Large Letter

76p - 100g
1.06 - 250g
1.40 - 500g
1.96 - 750g

Small Parcel

2.90 - 1kg
5.15 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.80 - 1kg
7.50 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

53p - 100g

Large Letter

73p - 100g
1.17 - 250g
1.48 - 500g
2.01 - 750g

Small Parcel

2.80 - 1kg
3.80 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.20 - 1kg
8.00 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
Letter

37p - 100g

Large Letter

61p - 100g
87p - 250g
1.15 - 500g
1.61 - 750g

Small Parcel

2.50 - 1kg
3.50 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.40 - 1kg
6.85 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
Christmas period concession rate for 2nd class stamped Small Parcels
20 Oct 2014 to 18 Jan 2015
2.80 - 2kg
2015
(30 Mar)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked
Letter

63p - 100g

Large Letter

95p - 100g
1.26 - 250g
1.68 - 500g
2.42 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.30 - 1kg
5.45 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.65 - 1kg
8.90 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

52p / 51p - 100g

Large Letter

81p / 78p - 100g
1.12 / 1.09 - 250g
1.46 / 1.43 - 500g
2.05 / 2.02 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.00 - 1kg
5.15 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.80 - 1kg
7.50 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

54p - 100g

Large Letter

74p - 100g
1.19 - 250g
1.51 - 500g
2.05 - 750g

Small Parcel


2.80 - 2kg

Medium Parcel


4.89 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
Letter

39p / 36p - 100g

Large Letter

65p / 63p - 100g
91p / 88p - 250g
1.20 / 1.17 - 500g
1.68 / 1.65 - 750g

Small Parcel


2.50 - 2kg

Medium Parcel


4.40 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
New cheaper rates for letters using Mailmark Franking rather than standard franking -- parcel rates remained the same. In the tables (e.g.) 52p / 51p indicates normal/Mailmark prices (same for both types if only one price is given).
2016
(29 Mar)
Stamped/Online Franked Stamped/Online Franked
Letter

64p - 100g

Large Letter

96p - 100g
1.27 - 250g
1.71 - 500g
2.46 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.35 / 3.30 - 1kg
5.50 / 5.45 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.70 / 5.65 - 1kg
8.95 / 8.90 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

53p / 51p - 100g

Large Letter

83p / 79p - 100g
1.14 / 1.10 - 250g
1.50 / 1.46 - 500g
2.11 / 2.06 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.07 - 1kg
5.22 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.87 - 1kg
7.57 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

55p - 100g

Large Letter

75p - 100g
1.20 - 250g
1.54 - 500g
2.09 - 750g

Small Parcel


2.85 / 2.80 - 2kg

Medium Parcel


4.95 / 4.89 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
Letter

40p / 37p - 100g

Large Letter

67p / 64p - 100g
94p / 89p - 250g
1.23 / 1.19 - 500g
1.72 / 1.68 - 750g

Small Parcel


2.57 - 2kg

Medium Parcel


4.47 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
New cheaper rates for some mail using online postage rather than postage stamps, in addition to the variant prices for Mailmark Franking and standard franking -- many rates remained the same. In the tables (e.g.) 53p / 51p indicates stamped/online or normal/Mailmark prices (same for both types if only one price is given).
2017
(27 Mar)
Stamped/Online Franked Stamped/Online Franked
Letter

65p - 100g

Large Letter

98p - 100g
1.30 - 250g
1.74 - 500g
2.52 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.40 / 3.35 - 1kg
5.50 / 5.45 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

5.70 / 5.65 - 1kg
8.95 / 8.90 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

57p / 55p - 100g

Large Letter

90p / 85p - 100g
1.24 / 1.19 - 250g
1.64 / 1.58 - 500g
2.30 / 2.23 - 750g

Small Parcel

3.12 - 1kg
5.22 - 2kg

Medium Parcel

4.87 - 1kg
7.57 - 2kg
15.85 - 5kg
21.90 - 10kg
33.40 - 20kg
Letter

56p - 100g

Large Letter

76p - 100g
1.22 - 250g
1.58 - 500g
2.14 - 750g

Small Parcel


2.90 / 2.82 - 2kg

Medium Parcel


5.00 / 4.92 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
Letter

41p / 38p - 100g

Large Letter

68p / 65p - 100g
96p / 91p - 250g
1.26 / 1.22 - 500g
1.76 / 1.72 - 750g

Small Parcel


2.62 - 2kg

Medium Parcel


4.52 - 2kg
13.75 - 5kg
20.25 - 10kg
28.55 - 20kg
In the tables (e.g.) 57p / 55p indicates stamped/online or normal/Mailmark franking prices (same for both types if only one price is given).