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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 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 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
1998
(12 Oct)
250 1000 2500
3.20 - 100g
3.50 - 500g
4.60 - 1kg
5.85 - 2kg
13.50 - 10kg
3.50 - 100g
3.80 - 500g
4.90 - 1kg
6.15 - 2kg
13.80 - 10kg
4.55 - 100g
4.85 - 500g
5.95 - 1kg
7.20 - 2kg
14.85 - 10kg
Basically the Special Delivery and Registered rates and the higher Registered Plus rate rebranded
1999
(26 Apr)
250 1000 2500
3.35 - 100g
3.65 - 500g
4.75 - 1kg
6.00 - 2kg
15.00 - 10kg
3.80 - 100g
4.10 - 500g
5.20 - 1kg
6.45 - 2kg
15.45 - 10kg
4.70 - 100g
5.00 - 500g
6.10 - 1kg
7.35 - 2kg
16.35 - 10kg
2000
(27 Apr)
250 1000 2500
3.50 - 100g
3.80 - 500g
4.95 - 1kg
6.20 - 2kg
17.80 - 10kg
3.95 - 100g
4.25 - 500g
5.40 - 1kg
6.65 - 2kg
18.25 - 10kg
4.85 - 100g
5.15 - 500g
6.30 - 1kg
7.55 - 2kg
19.15 - 10kg
2001
(2 Jul)
250 1000 2500
3.60 - 100g
3.95 - 500g
5.15 - 1kg
6.45 - 2kg
18.30 - 10kg
4.05 - 100g
4.40 - 500g
5.60 - 1kg
6.90 - 2kg
18.75 - 10kg
4.95 - 100g
5.30 - 500g
6.50 - 1kg
7.80 - 2kg
19.65 - 10kg
2002
(4 Jul)
250 1000 2500
3.65 - 100g
4.00 - 500g
5.15 - 1kg
6.45 - 2kg
18.30 - 10kg
4.10 - 100g
4.45 - 500g
5.60 - 1kg
6.90 - 2kg
18.75 - 10kg
5.00 - 100g
5.35 - 500g
6.50 - 1kg
7.80 - 2kg
19.65 - 10kg
2003
(8 May)
250 1000 2500
3.75 - 100g
4.05 - 500g
5.20 - 1kg
6.55 - 2kg
18.50 - 10kg
4.20 - 100g
4.50 - 500g
5.65 - 1kg
7.00 - 2kg
18.95 - 10kg
5.10 - 100g
5.40 - 500g
6.55 - 1kg
7.90 - 2kg
19.85 - 10kg
2004
(28 Oct)
500 1000 2500
3.75 - 100g
4.05 - 500g
5.20 - 1kg
6.55 - 2kg
18.50 - 10kg
4.20 - 100g
4.50 - 500g
5.65 - 1kg
7.00 - 2kg
18.95 - 10kg
5.10 - 100g
5.40 - 500g
6.55 - 1kg
7.90 - 2kg
19.85 - 10kg
As previous rates except minimum cover now raised to 500
2005
(7 Apr)
500 1000 2500
3.85 - 100g
4.25 - 500g
5.35 - 1kg
6.95 - 2kg
19.00 - 10kg
4.30 - 100g
4.70 - 500g
5.80 - 1kg
7.40 - 2kg
19.45 - 10kg
5.20 - 100g
5.60 - 500g
6.70 - 1kg
8.30 - 2kg
20.35 - 10kg
2006
(3 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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
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
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
The first rate revision to include the price differential between stamped and franked mail. Unusually, the 10kg rate was reduced for both.

Saturday Guarantee fee 2.00 extra from 12th June 2006
2007
(2 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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
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
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
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.00 extra
2008
(7 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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
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
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
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.00 extra
2009
(6 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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
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
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
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.20 extra
2010
(6 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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
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
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
Saturday Guarantee fee 2.25 extra (stamp/meter postage, account mail now had separate arrangements)
2011
(31 Jan)
500 1000 2500
Standard prices - as before

With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Standard prices - as before

With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Standard prices - as before

With Saturday Guarantee:

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
As a result of the court decision that made a number of Royal Mail services liable to VAT, the cost for Saturday Guarantee (and Consequential Loss) now varied considerably according to weight and whether the mail was stamped or franked (latter available on "smart meters" only).

Special Delivery Next Day Stamp and Franking prices were exempt from VAT, however when bought with either additional service the total price now became subject to VAT at the standard rate.
2011
(4 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Saturday Guarantee prices include VAT at 20%.
2012
(30 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Saturday Guarantee prices include VAT at 20%.
2013
(2 Apr)
500 1000 2500
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Saturday Guarantee prices include VAT at 20%.
2014
(31 Mar)
500 1000 2500
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Saturday Guarantee prices include VAT at 20%.
2015
(30 Mar)
500 1000 2500
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
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


With Saturday Guarantee:

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
Saturday Guarantee prices include VAT at 20% (not listed for online pricing in 2017). No change in prices in 2016 or 2017