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Special Delivery Next Day 1998-date


2004 - 3.75 for up to 100g weight and 250 compensation

At first the Special Delivery, Registered, and Registered Plus services were kept nominally distinct with their own suitably inscribed labels, but from 12th October 1998 they were all combined into a single rebranded service under the Special Delivery banner.

All services 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 (now referred to as "Special Delivery Next Day"). From 2006 to 2011 an additional guarantee of Saturday delivery could be obtained for a further flat fee (listed at the bottom of the page).

However, the charges were affected by the court decision that made a number of Royal Mail services liable to VAT, The basic Special Delivery Next Day service was exempt from VAT, but when bought in combination with an additional service that was liable, such as Saturday Guarantee, the total price now became subject to VAT at the standard rate (20% throughout). These prices therefore now varied considerably according to weight and whether the mail was stamped or franked (latter available on "smart meters" only), and are listed separately below.

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
1998
(12 Oct)
250
3.20 - 100g
3.50 - 500g
4.60 - 1kg
5.85 - 2kg
13.50 - 10kg
1000
3.50 - 100g
3.80 - 500g
4.90 - 1kg
6.15 - 2kg
13.80 - 10kg
2500
4.55 - 100g
4.85 - 500g
5.95 - 1kg
7.20 - 2kg
14.85 - 10kg
1999
(26 Apr)
250
3.35 - 100g
3.65 - 500g
4.75 - 1kg
6.00 - 2kg
15.00 - 10kg
1000
3.80 - 100g
4.10 - 500g
5.20 - 1kg
6.45 - 2kg
15.45 - 10kg
2500
4.70 - 100g
5.00 - 500g
6.10 - 1kg
7.35 - 2kg
16.35 - 10kg
2000
(27 Apr)
250
3.50 - 100g
3.80 - 500g
4.95 - 1kg
6.20 - 2kg
17.80 - 10kg
1000
3.95 - 100g
4.25 - 500g
5.40 - 1kg
6.65 - 2kg
18.25 - 10kg
2500
4.85 - 100g
5.15 - 500g
6.30 - 1kg
7.55 - 2kg
19.15 - 10kg
2001
(2 Jul)
250
3.60 - 100g
3.95 - 500g
5.15 - 1kg
6.45 - 2kg
18.30 - 10kg
1000
4.05 - 100g
4.40 - 500g
5.60 - 1kg
6.90 - 2kg
18.75 - 10kg
2500
4.95 - 100g
5.30 - 500g
6.50 - 1kg
7.80 - 2kg
19.65 - 10kg
2002
(4 Jul)
250
3.65 - 100g
4.00 - 500g
5.15 - 1kg
6.45 - 2kg
18.30 - 10kg
1000
4.10 - 100g
4.45 - 500g
5.60 - 1kg
6.90 - 2kg
18.75 - 10kg
2500
5.00 - 100g
5.35 - 500g
6.50 - 1kg
7.80 - 2kg
19.65 - 10kg
2003
(8 May)
250
3.75 - 100g
4.05 - 500g
5.20 - 1kg
6.55 - 2kg
18.50 - 10kg
1000
4.20 - 100g
4.50 - 500g
5.65 - 1kg
7.00 - 2kg
18.95 - 10kg
2500
5.10 - 100g
5.40 - 500g
6.55 - 1kg
7.90 - 2kg
19.85 - 10kg
2004
(28 Oct)
500
3.75 - 100g
4.05 - 500g
5.20 - 1kg
6.55 - 2kg
18.50 - 10kg

As previous rates except minimum cover now raised to 500
1000
4.20 - 100g
4.50 - 500g
5.65 - 1kg
7.00 - 2kg
18.95 - 10kg
2500
5.10 - 100g
5.40 - 500g
6.55 - 1kg
7.90 - 2kg
19.85 - 10kg
2005
(7 Apr)
500
3.85 - 100g
4.25 - 500g
5.35 - 1kg
6.95 - 2kg
19.00 - 10kg
1000
4.30 - 100g
4.70 - 500g
5.80 - 1kg
7.40 - 2kg
19.45 - 10kg
2500
5.20 - 100g
5.60 - 500g
6.70 - 1kg
8.30 - 2kg
20.35 - 10kg
2006
(3 Apr)
500
Stamped

4.10 - 100g
4.50 - 500g
5.70 - 1kg
7.40 - 2kg
18.50 - 10kg

Franked

4.05 - 100g
4.45 - 500g
5.60 - 1kg
7.30 - 2kg
18.40 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

4.60 - 100g
5.00 - 500g
6.20 - 1kg
7.90 - 2kg
19.00 - 10kg

Franked

4.55 - 100g
4.95 - 500g
6.10 - 1kg
7.80 - 2kg
18.90 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

5.60 - 100g
6.00 - 500g
7.20 - 1kg
8.90 - 2kg
20.00 - 10kg

Franked

5.55 - 100g
5.95 - 500g
7.10 - 1kg
8.80 - 2kg
19.90 - 10kg
2007
(2 Apr)
500
Stamped

4.30 - 100g
4.75 - 500g
6.00 - 1kg
7.75 - 2kg
19.45 - 10kg

Franked

4.25 - 100g
4.70 - 500g
5.90 - 1kg
7.65 - 2kg
19.35 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

4.85 - 100g
5.30 - 500g
6.55 - 1kg
8.30 - 2kg
20.00 - 10kg

Franked

4.80 - 100g
5.25 - 500g
6.45 - 1kg
8.20 - 2kg
19.90 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

5.85 - 100g
6.30 - 500g
7.55 - 1kg
9.30 - 2kg
21.00 - 10kg

Franked

5.80 - 100g
6.25 - 500g
7.45 - 1kg
9.20 - 2kg
20.90 - 10kg
2008
(7 Apr)
500
Stamped

4.60 - 100g
5.05 - 500g
6.40 - 1kg
8.25 - 2kg
20.70 - 10kg

Franked

4.45 - 100g
4.85 - 500g
6.05 - 1kg
7.75 - 2kg
19.70 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

5.35 - 100g
5.80 - 500g
7.15 - 1kg
9.00 - 2kg
21.45 - 10kg

Franked

5.20 - 100g
5.60 - 500g
6.80 - 1kg
8.50 - 2kg
20.45 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

6.45 - 100g
6.90 - 500g
8.25 - 1kg
10.10 - 2kg
22.55 - 10kg

Franked

6.30 - 100g
6.70 - 500g
7.90 - 1kg
9.60 - 2kg
21.55 - 10kg
2009
(6 Apr)
500
Stamped

4.95 - 100g
5.40 - 500g
6.70 - 1kg
8.65 - 2kg
21.65 - 10kg

Franked

4.80 - 100g
5.20 - 500g
6.35 - 1kg
8.15 - 2kg
20.65 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

5.80 - 100g
6.25 - 500g
7.55 - 1kg
9.50 - 2kg
22.50 - 10kg

Franked

5.65 - 100g
6.05 - 500g
7.20 - 1kg
9.00 - 2kg
21.50 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

7.40 - 100g
7.85 - 500g
9.15 - 1kg
11.10 - 2kg
24.10 - 10kg

Franked

7.25 - 100g
7.65 - 500g
8.80 - 1kg
10.60 - 2kg
23.10 - 10kg
2010
(6 Apr)
500
Stamped

5.05 - 100g
5.50 - 500g
6.70 - 1kg
8.65 - 2kg
21.65 - 10kg

Franked

4.87 - 100g
5.20 - 500g
6.29 - 1kg
7.91 - 2kg
20.65 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

5.90 - 100g
6.35 - 500g
7.55 - 1kg
9.50 - 2kg
22.50 - 10kg

Franked

5.72 - 100g
6.05 - 500g
7.14 - 1kg
8.76 - 2kg
21.50 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

7.60 - 100g
8.05 - 500g
9.25 - 1kg
11.20 - 2kg
24.20 - 10kg

Franked

7.42 - 100g
7.75 - 500g
8.84 - 1kg
10.46 - 2kg
23.20 - 10kg
2011
(4 Apr)
500
Stamped

5.45 - 100g
5.90 - 500g
7.00 - 1kg
9.05 - 2kg
22.70 - 10kg

Franked

5.26 - 100g
5.58 - 500g
6.57 - 1kg
8.27 - 2kg
21.65 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

6.35 - 100g
6.80 - 500g
7.90 - 1kg
9.95 - 2kg
23.60 - 10kg

Franked

6.16 - 100g
6.48 - 500g
7.47 - 1kg
9.18 - 2kg
22.55 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

8.20 - 100g
8.65 - 500g
9.75 - 1kg
11.80 - 2kg
25.45 - 10kg

Franked

8.01 - 100g
8.33 - 500g
9.32 - 1kg
11.03 - 2kg
24.40 - 10kg
2012
(30 Apr)
500
Stamped

5.90 - 100g
6.35 - 500g
7.55 - 1kg
9.75 - 2kg
24.50 - 10kg

Franked

5.65 - 100g
6.00 - 500g
7.10 - 1kg
8.90 - 2kg
23.35 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

6.90 - 100g
7.35 - 500g
8.55 - 1kg
10.75 - 2kg
25.50 - 10kg

Franked

6.65 - 100g
7.00 - 500g
8.10 - 1kg
9.90 - 2kg
24.35 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

8.90 - 100g
9.35 - 500g
10.55 - 1kg
12.75 - 2kg
27.50 - 10kg

Franked

8.65 - 100g
9.00 - 500g
10.10 - 1kg
11.90 - 2kg
26.35 - 10kg
2013
(2 Apr)
500
Stamped

6.22 - 100g
6.95 - 500g
8.25 - 1kg
11.00 - 2kg
25.80 - 10kg
40.00 - 20kg

Franked

5.95 - 100g
6.55 - 500g
7.75 - 1kg
10.40 - 2kg
25.80 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

7.22 - 100g
7.95 - 500g
9.25 - 1kg
12.00 - 2kg
26.80 - 10kg
41.00 - 20kg

Franked

6.95 - 100g
7.55 - 500g
8.75 - 1kg
11.40 - 2kg
26.80 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

9.22 - 100g
9.95 - 500g
11.25 - 1kg
14.00 - 2kg
28.80 - 10kg
43.00 - 20kg

Franked

8.95 - 100g
9.55 - 500g
10.75 - 1kg
13.40 - 2kg
28.80 - 10kg
2014
(31 Mar)
500
Stamped

6.40 - 100g
7.15 - 500g
8.45 - 1kg
11.00 - 2kg
26.60 - 10kg
41.20 - 20kg

Franked

6.15 - 100g
6.75 - 500g
8.00 - 1kg
10.40 - 2kg
26.60 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

7.40 - 100g
8.15 - 500g
9.45 - 1kg
12.00 - 2kg
27.60 - 10kg
42.20 - 20kg

Franked

7.15 - 100g
7.75 - 500g
9.00 - 1kg
11.40 - 2kg
27.60 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

9.40 - 100g
10.15 - 500g
11.45 - 1kg
14.00 - 2kg
29.60 - 10kg
44.20 - 20kg

Franked

9.15 - 100g
9.75 - 500g
11.00 - 1kg
13.40 - 2kg
29.60 - 10kg
2015
(30 Mar)
500
Stamped

6.45 - 100g
7.25 - 500g
8.55 - 1kg
11.00 - 2kg
26.60 - 10kg
41.20 - 20kg

Franked

6.20 - 100g
6.85 - 500g
8.10 - 1kg
10.40 - 2kg
26.60 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

7.45 - 100g
8.25 - 500g
9.55 - 1kg
12.00 - 2kg
27.60 - 10kg
42.20 - 20kg

Franked

7.20 - 100g
7.85 - 500g
9.10 - 1kg
11.40 - 2kg
27.60 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

9.45 - 100g
10.25 - 500g
11.55 - 1kg
14.00 - 2kg
29.60 - 10kg
44.20 - 20kg

Franked

9.20 - 100g
9.85 - 500g
11.10 - 1kg
13.40 - 2kg
29.60 - 10kg
2018
(26 Mar)
500
Stamped

6.50 - 100g
7.30 - 500g
8.60 - 1kg
11.00 - 2kg
26.60 - 10kg
41.20 - 20kg

Franked

6.25 - 100g
6.90 - 500g
8.15 - 1kg
10.40 - 2kg
26.60 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

7.50 - 100g
8.30 - 500g
9.60 - 1kg
12.00 - 2kg
27.60 - 10kg
42.20 - 20kg

Franked

7.25 - 100g
7.90 - 500g
9.15 - 1kg
11.40 - 2kg
27.60 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

9.50 - 100g
10.30 - 500g
11.60 - 1kg
14.00 - 2kg
29.60 - 10kg
44.20 - 20kg

Franked

9.25 - 100g
9.90 - 500g
11.15 - 1kg
13.40 - 2kg
29.60 - 10kg

Saturday Guarantee Rates 2006-2011

The additional guarantee of Saturday delivery was originally a further flat fee, until VAT was imposed on this service from 31st January 2011. The fees in this period are listed below, later fees in the tables above as a combination rate.

Date Fee Date Fee Date Fee
2006
(12 Jun)
2.00 2009
(6 Apr)
2.20 2010
(6 Apr)
2.25

Saturday Guarantee Rates from 2011

Although the Saturday Guarantee fee itself continued to be independent of weight (with VAT added), use of this service made the main Special Delivery rate liable for VAT also, and so the overall cost with this option varied by weight. For simplicity, the rates below are the total rate including the Saturday Guarantee fee (published this way in the Post Office leaflets).

Date Compensation
2011
(31 Jan)
500
Stamped

8.76 - 100g
9.30 - 500g
10.74 - 1kg
13.08 - 2kg
28.68 - 10kg

Franked

8.54 - 100g
8.94 - 500g
10.24 - 1kg
12.19 - 2kg
27.48 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

9.78 - 100g
10.32 - 500g
11.76 - 1kg
14.10 - 2kg
29.70 - 10kg

Franked

9.56 - 100g
9.96 - 500g
11.26 - 1kg
13.21 - 2kg
28.50 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

11.82 - 100g
12.36 - 500g
13.80 - 1kg
16.14 - 2kg
31.74 - 10kg

Franked

11.60 - 100g
12.00 - 500g
13.30 - 1kg
15.25 - 2kg
30.54 - 10kg
2011
(4 Apr)
500
Stamped

9.24 - 100g
9.78 - 500g
11.10 - 1kg
13.56 - 2kg
29.94 - 10kg

Franked

9.01 - 100g
9.40 - 500g
10.58 - 1kg
12.62 - 2kg
28.68 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

10.32 - 100g
10.86 - 500g
12.18 - 1kg
14.64 - 2kg
31.02 - 10kg

Franked

10.09 - 100g
10.48 - 500g
11.66 - 1kg
13.72 - 2kg
29.76 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

12.54 - 100g
13.08 - 500g
14.40 - 1kg
16.86 - 2kg
33.24 - 10kg

Franked

12.31 - 100g
12.70 - 500g
13.88 - 1kg
15.94 - 2kg
31.98 - 10kg
2012
(30 Apr)
500
Stamped

10.08 - 100g
10.62 - 500g
12.06 - 1kg
14.70 - 2kg
32.40 - 10kg

Franked

9.78 - 100g
10.20 - 500g
11.52 - 1kg
13.68 - 2kg
31.02 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

11.28 - 100g
11.82 - 500g
13.26 - 1kg
15.90 - 2kg
33.60 - 10kg

Franked

10.98 - 100g
11.40 - 500g
12.72 - 1kg
14.88 - 2kg
32.22 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

13.68 - 100g
14.22 - 500g
15.66 - 1kg
18.30 - 2kg
36.00 - 10kg

Franked

13.38 - 100g
13.80 - 500g
15.12 - 1kg
17.28 - 2kg
34.62 - 10kg
2013
(2 Apr)
500
Stamped

10.46 - 100g
11.34 - 500g
12.90 - 1kg
16.20 - 2kg
33.96 - 10kg
51.00 - 20kg

Franked

10.14 - 100g
10.86 - 500g
12.30 - 1kg
15.48 - 2kg
33.96 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

11.66 - 100g
12.54 - 500g
14.10 - 1kg
17.40 - 2kg
35.16 - 10kg
52.20 - 20kg

Franked

11.34 - 100g
12.06 - 500g
13.50 - 1kg
16.68 - 2kg
35.16 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

14.06 - 100g
14.94 - 500g
16.50 - 1kg
19.80 - 2kg
37.56 - 10kg
54.60 - 20kg

Franked

13.74 - 100g
14.46 - 500g
15.90 - 1kg
19.08 - 2kg
37.56 - 10kg
2014
(31 Mar)
500
Stamped

10.68 - 100g
11.58 - 500g
13.14 - 1kg
16.20 - 2kg
34.92 - 10kg
52.44 - 20kg

Franked

10.38 - 100g
11.10 - 500g
12.60 - 1kg
15.48 - 2kg
34.92 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

11.88 - 100g
12.78 - 500g
14.34 - 1kg
17.40 - 2kg
36.12 - 10kg
53.64 - 20kg

Franked

11.58 - 100g
12.30 - 500g
13.80 - 1kg
16.68 - 2kg
36.12 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

14.28 - 100g
15.18 - 500g
16.74 - 1kg
19.80 - 2kg
38.52 - 10kg
56.04 - 20kg

Franked

13.98 - 100g
14.70 - 500g
16.20 - 1kg
19.08 - 2kg
38.52 - 10kg
2015
(30 Mar)
500
Stamped

10.74 - 100g
11.70 - 500g
13.26 - 1kg
16.20 - 2kg
34.92 - 10kg
52.44 - 20kg

Franked

10.44 - 100g
11.22 - 500g
12.72 - 1kg
15.48 - 2kg
34.92 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

11.94 - 100g
12.90 - 500g
14.46 - 1kg
17.40 - 2kg
36.12 - 10kg
53.64 - 20kg

Franked

11.64 - 100g
12.42 - 500g
13.92 - 1kg
16.68 - 2kg
36.12 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

14.34 - 100g
15.30 - 500g
16.86 - 1kg
19.80 - 2kg
38.52 - 10kg
56.04 - 20kg

Franked

14.04 - 100g
14.82 - 500g
16.32 - 1kg
19.08 - 2kg
38.52 - 10kg
2018
(26 Mar)
500
Stamped

10.80 - 100g
11.76 - 500g
13.32 - 1kg
16.20 - 2kg
34.92 - 10kg
52.44 - 20kg

Franked

10.50 - 100g
11.28 - 500g
12.78 - 1kg
15.48 - 2kg
34.92 - 10kg
1000
Stamped

12.00 - 100g
12.96 - 500g
14.52 - 1kg
17.40 - 2kg
36.12 - 10kg
53.64 - 20kg

Franked

11.70 - 100g
12.48 - 500g
13.98 - 1kg
16.68 - 2kg
36.12 - 10kg
2500
Stamped

14.40 - 100g
15.36 - 500g
16.92 - 1kg
19.80 - 2kg
38.52 - 10kg
56.04 - 20kg

Franked

14.10 - 100g
14.88 - 500g
16.38 - 1kg
19.08 - 2kg
38.52 - 10kg