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Special Delivery 9am Rates 2003-date


2009 - 12.45 rate for franked mail, 100-500g, up to 50

The Special Delivery service offered a guaranteed delivery time, usually 12.30pm, noon, or 1pm on the next working day for most destinations in the UK (although for some remote Scottish locations it was 5.30pm one, two, or even three days later).

In 2003 an additional service was introduced for a higher fee, which offered delivery by 9.00am on the next working day to virtually all the locations covered by the standard delivery service (which was now referred to as "Special Delivery Next Day").

From 2008 an additional guarantee of Saturday delivery could be obtained for a further fee.

These tables cover only stamped or franked mail with rates that are visible on the cover, not the lower rates for contract deliveries.

Date Compensation
2003
(21 Aug)
50 1000 2500
6.95 - 100g
7.65 - 500g
9.85 - 1kg
12.30 - 2kg
7.40 - 100g
8.10 - 500g
10.30 - 1kg
12.75 - 2kg
8.30 - 100g
9.00 - 500g
11.20 - 1kg
13.65 - 2kg
2005
(7 Apr)
50 1000 2500
7.95 - 100g
9.85 - 500g
12.20 - 1kg
15.10 - 2kg
8.75 - 100g
10.65 - 500g
13.00 - 1kg
15.90 - 2kg
9.70 - 100g
11.60 - 500g
13.95 - 1kg
16.85 - 2kg
2006
(3 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

8.95 - 100g
10.50 - 500g
12.20 - 1kg
15.10 - 2kg

Franked

8.85 - 100g
10.40 - 500g
12.00 - 1kg
14.90 - 2kg
Stamped

9.95 - 100g
11.50 - 500g
13.20 - 1kg
16.10 - 2kg

Franked

9.85 - 100g
11.40 - 500g
13.00 - 1kg
15.90 - 2kg
Stamped

10.90 - 100g
12.45 - 500g
14.15 - 1kg
17.05 - 2kg

Franked

10.80 - 100g
12.35 - 500g
13.95 - 1kg
16.85 - 2kg
2007
(2 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

9.35 - 100g
10.95 - 500g
12.75 - 1kg
15.80 - 2kg

Franked

9.25 - 100g
10.85 - 500g
12.55 - 1kg
15.55 - 2kg
Stamped

10.40 - 100g
12.00 - 500g
13.80 - 1kg
16.85 - 2kg

Franked

10.30 - 100g
11.90 - 500g
13.60 - 1kg
16.60 - 2kg
Stamped

11.40 - 100g
13.00 - 500g
14.80 - 1kg
17.85 - 2kg

Franked

11.30 - 100g
12.90 - 500g
14.60 - 1kg
17.60 - 2kg
2008
(7 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

10.30 - 100g
12.00 - 500g
14.00 - 1kg
17.40 - 2kg

Franked

10.10 - 100g
11.80 - 500g
13.60 - 1kg
16.90 - 2kg
Stamped

11.55 - 100g
13.25 - 500g
15.25 - 1kg
18.65 - 2kg

Franked

11.35 - 100g
13.05 - 500g
14.85 - 1kg
18.15 - 2kg
Stamped

12.65 - 100g
14.35 - 500g
16.35 - 1kg
19.75 - 2kg

Franked

12.45 - 100g
14.15 - 500g
15.95 - 1kg
19.25 - 2kg
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.00 extra
2009
(6 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

10.85 - 100g
12.65 - 500g
14.75 - 1kg
18.30 - 2kg

Franked

10.65 - 100g
12.45 - 500g
14.35 - 1kg
17.80 - 2kg
Stamped

12.35 - 100g
14.15 - 500g
16.25 - 1kg
19.80 - 2kg

Franked

12.15 - 100g
13.95 - 500g
15.85 - 1kg
19.30 - 2kg
Stamped

13.80 - 100g
15.60 - 500g
17.70 - 1kg
21.25 - 2kg

Franked

13.60 - 100g
15.40 - 500g
17.30 - 1kg
20.75 - 2kg
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.20 extra
2010
(6 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

11.35 - 100g
13.10 - 500g
15.20 - 1kg
18.80 - 2kg

Franked

10.85 - 100g
12.45 - 500g
14.21 - 1kg
17.27 - 2kg
Stamped

12.90 - 100g
14.65 - 500g
16.75 - 1kg
20.35 - 2kg

Franked

12.40 - 100g
14.00 - 500g
15.76 - 1kg
18.82 - 2kg
Stamped

14.45 - 100g
16.20 - 500g
18.30 - 1kg
21.90 - 2kg

Franked

13.95 - 100g
15.55 - 500g
17.31 - 1kg
20.37 - 2kg
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.25 extra (stamp/meter postage, account mail now had separate arrangements)
2011
(31 Jan)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

13.62 - 100g
15.72 - 500g
18.24 - 1kg
22.56 - 2kg

Franked

13.02 - 100g
14.94 - 500g
17.05 - 1kg
20.72 - 2kg
Stamped

15.48 - 100g
17.58 - 500g
20.10 - 1kg
24.42 - 2kg

Franked

14.88 - 100g
16.80 - 500g
18.91 - 1kg
22.58 - 2kg
Stamped

17.34 - 100g
19.44 - 500g
21.96 - 1kg
26.28 - 2kg

Franked

16.74 - 100g
18.66 - 500g
20.77 - 1kg
24.44 - 2kg
As a result of the court decision that made a number of Royal Mail services liable to VAT, Special Delivery 9am prices (with or without Saturday Guarantee and Consequential Loss) now increased by 20%, varying considerably according to weight and whether the mail was stamped or franked (latter available on "smart meters" only).

Saturday Guarantee fee 2.70 extra throughout
2011
(4 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

15.25 - 100g
17.30 - 500g
19.35 - 1kg
23.45 - 2kg

Franked

14.42 - 100g
16.09 - 500g
17.78 - 1kg
21.66 - 2kg
Stamped

17.30 - 100g
19.35 - 500g
21.40 - 1kg
25.50 - 2kg

Franked

16.47 - 100g
18.14 - 500g
19.83 - 1kg
23.71 - 2kg
Stamped

20.55 - 100g
22.60 - 500g
24.65 - 1kg
28.75 - 2kg

Franked

19.71 - 100g
21.38 - 500g
23.07 - 1kg
26.95 - 2kg
Prices listed here included VAT at 20%.

Saturday Guarantee fee 2.70 extra thoughout
2012
(30 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

16.70 - 100g
18.80 - 500g
20.45 - 1kg
24.75 - 2kg

Franked

15.50 - 100g
17.15 - 500g
18.60 - 1kg
22.65 - 2kg
Stamped

18.90 - 100g
21.00 - 500g
22.65 - 1kg
26.95 - 2kg

Franked

17.70 - 100g
19.35 - 500g
20.80 - 1kg
24.85 - 2kg
Stamped

22.40 - 100g
24.50 - 500g
26.15 - 1kg
30.45 - 2kg

Franked

21.20 - 100g
22.85 - 500g
24.30 - 1kg
28.35 - 2kg
Prices listed here include VAT at 20%, although in the business leaflet they were given ex VAT.

Saturday Guarantee fee 3.00 extra throughout (inc VAT).
2013
(2 Apr)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

17.64 - 100g
19.92 - 500g
21.60 - 1kg
26.16 - 2kg

Franked

16.32 - 100g
18.36 - 500g
19.92 - 1kg
24.12 - 2kg
Stamped

19.84 - 100g
22.12 - 500g
23.80 - 1kg
28.36 - 2kg

Franked

18.52 - 100g
20.56 - 500g
22.12 - 1kg
26.32 - 2kg
Stamped

23.34 - 100g
25.62 - 500g
27.30 - 1kg
31.86 - 2kg

Franked

22.02 - 100g
24.06 - 500g
25.62 - 1kg
29.82 - 2kg
Prices listed here include VAT at 20%.

Saturday Guarantee fee 3.00 extra throughout (inc VAT).
2014
(31 Mar)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

18.18 - 100g
20.52 - 500g
22.26 - 1kg
26.94 - 2kg

Franked

16.92 - 100g
19.02 - 500g
20.64 - 1kg
25.02 - 2kg
Stamped

20.38 - 100g
22.72 - 500g
24.46 - 1kg
29.14 - 2kg

Franked

19.12 - 100g
21.22 - 500g
22.84 - 1kg
27.22 - 2kg
Stamped

23.88 - 100g
26.22 - 500g
27.96 - 1kg
32.64 - 2kg

Franked

22.62 - 100g
24.72 - 500g
26.34 - 1kg
30.72 - 2kg
Prices listed here include VAT at 20%.

Saturday Guarantee fee 3.00 extra throughout (inc VAT).
2015
(30 Mar)
50 1000 2500
Stamped

18.36 - 100g
20.76 - 500g
22.50 - 1kg
26.94 - 2kg

Franked

17.10 - 100g
19.26 - 500g
20.88 - 1kg
25.02 - 2kg
Stamped

20.56 - 100g
22.96 - 500g
24.70 - 1kg
29.14 - 2kg

Franked

19.30 - 100g
21.46 - 500g
23.08 - 1kg
27.22 - 2kg
Stamped

24.06 - 100g
26.46 - 500g
28.20 - 1kg
32.64 - 2kg

Franked

22.80 - 100g
24.96 - 500g
26.58 - 1kg
30.72 - 2kg
Prices listed here include VAT at 20%.

Saturday Guarantee fee 3.00 extra throughout (inc VAT). No change in prices in 2016 or 2017