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Parcel Rates 1987-2013

From 7th September 1987 the system of concessionary rates for "local" or "county" parcels was abolished, and there was a universal parcels rate countrywide for a given weight.

Privatisation of the Post Office was first seriously debated in the mid 1980s and in 1986 Royal Mail's business was separated into three divisions (basically letters, parcels, and counters) as a possible preliminary. In 1990 Royal Mail Parcels was rebranded as "Parcelforce" and took over the universal parcels service as "Parcelforce Standard". In 2002 this was transferred back to Royal Mail (the "standard parcels" rate), leaving Parcelforce to concentrate on time-guaranteed, next day and two day express deliveries. From the point of view of a member of the public sending a parcel this made little difference and the rates for all three periods are included below.

From 2nd April 2013 the standard parcels rate was integrated with the letter service, with the former category of "packets" now scrapped in favour of "small parcels" and "medium parcels" with weights up to 20kg.

Date Rates Date Rates Date Rates Date Rates
1987
(7 Sep)
1.60 1kg
2.00 2kg
2.45 3kg
2.65 4kg
2.90 5kg
3.10 6kg
3.25 7kg
3.40 8kg
3.60 9kg
3.75 10kg
4.75 25kg
1988
(5 Sep)
1.70 1kg
2.10 2kg
2.60 3kg
2.80 4kg
3.00 5kg
3.30 6kg
3.45 7kg
3.60 8kg
3.85 9kg
4.00 10kg
5.00 25kg
1989
(2 Oct)
1.85 1kg
2.30 2kg
2.85 3kg
3.10 4kg
3.30 5kg
3.60 6kg
3.80 7kg
3.95 8kg
4.20 9kg
4.40 10kg
5.50 25kg
1990
(17 Sep)
2.00 1kg
2.52 2kg
3.15 3kg
3.40 4kg
3.60 5kg
4.00 6kg
4.15 7kg
4.30 8kg
4.80 9kg
5.00 10kg
6.05 25kg
1991
(1 Jul)
2.50 1kg
3.15 2kg
4.10 4kg
4.65 6kg
5.35 8kg
6.25 10kg
7.80 30kg
1992
2.60 1kg
3.25 2kg
4.25 4kg
4.80 6kg
5.50 8kg
6.50 10kg
8.10 30kg
1993
(1 Nov)
2.65 1kg
3.25 2kg
4.50 4kg
5.00 6kg
5.80 8kg
6.75 10kg
8.10 30kg
1994
(3 Oct)
2.70 1kg
3.30 2kg
4.70 4kg
5.25 6kg
6.10 8kg
7.10 10kg
8.40 30kg
1996
(15 Apr)
2.70 1kg
3.35 2kg
4.90 4kg
5.50 6kg
6.30 8kg
7.30 10kg
8.55 30kg
1997
(7 Apr)
2.70 1kg
3.40 2kg
5.15 4kg
5.80 6kg
6.40 8kg
7.30 10kg
8.55 30kg
1998
(6 Apr)
2.70 1kg
3.40 1.5kg
3.65 2kg
5.65 4kg
6.15 6kg
7.05 8kg
7.55 10kg
8.85 30kg
1999
(26 Apr)
2.85 1kg
3.65 1.5kg
3.90 2kg
5.95 4kg
6.45 6kg
7.40 8kg
7.95 10kg
9.05 30kg
2000
(3 Apr)
3.00 1kg
3.85 1.5kg
4.15 2kg
6.30 4kg
6.80 6kg
7.80 8kg
8.40 10kg
9.80 30kg
2001
(2 Jul)
3.10 1kg
4.00 1.5kg
4.30 2kg
6.50 4kg
7.05 6kg
8.05 8kg
8.65 10kg
10.10 30kg
2002
(Jul)
3.15 1kg
4.05 1.5kg
4.35 2kg
6.55 4kg
7.15 6kg
8.15 8kg
8.75 10kg
10.20 30kg
2003
(8 May)
3.32 1kg
4.27 1.5kg
4.58 2kg
6.91 4kg
7.54 6kg
8.59 8kg
9.23 10kg
10.76 30kg
2004
(1 Apr)
3.46 1kg
4.45 1.5kg
4.78 2kg
7.20 4kg
7.86 6kg
8.96 8kg
9.62 10kg
11.21 30kg
2004
(1 Jun)
3.46 1kg
4.45 1.5kg
4.78 2kg
7.20 4kg
7.86 6kg
8.96 8kg
9.62 10kg
11.21 20kg
2005
(7 Apr)
3.60 1kg
4.63 1.5kg
4.97 2kg
7.20 4kg
8.17 6kg
9.32 8kg
10.00 10kg
11.65 20kg
2006
(3 Apr)
3.85 1kg
4.95 1.5kg
5.31 2kg
7.70 4kg
8.74 6kg
9.97 8kg
10.70 10kg
12.46 20kg
2007
(2 Apr)
3.85 1kg
4.95 1.5kg
5.68 2kg
8.24 4kg
9.35 6kg
10.67 8kg
11.45 10kg
13.33 20kg
2008
(7 Apr)
4.20 2kg
6.85 4kg
9.30 6kg
11.40 8kg
12.24 10kg
14.26 20kg
2009
(6 Apr)
4.41 2kg
7.06 4kg
9.58 6kg
11.74 8kg
12.61 10kg
14.69 20kg
2011
(4 Apr)
4.41 2kg
7.62 4kg
10.34 6kg
12.67 8kg
13.61 10kg
15.86 20kg
2012
(30 Apr)
5.30 2kg
8.80 4kg
12.30 6kg
15.80 8kg
18.80 10kg
21.90 20kg
2013
(2 Apr)
Separate service ended