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How to avoid the Royal Mail parcel rate increase

How to avoid the Royal Mail parcel rate increase

Royal Mail have announced an increase in their postal rates for business parcels from next month. As of 7th October 2019 a flat rate increase of 5p across all parcel weight bands for the services Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 will come into effect.

This price increase will apply to non-barcoded products, so if you currently use Royal Mail or approved Third Party Shipping to produce your barcoded labels, the increase won’t affect you.

Which postage rates are increasing?

Royal Mail 24® Parcel format (SU1 and SU2) – 5p increase per parcel across all parcel weight bands

Royal Mail 48® Parcel format (SU1 and SU2) – 5p increase per parcel across all parcel weight bands

Which items qualify as Royal Mail Parcel format?

Any items of mail over the size/weight restriction for Large Letter will be classed as a parcel. The Large Letter restrictions are up to 353mm x 250mm with a maximum thickness of 25mm and max weight of 750g. Any package over these dimensions will be charged at a parcel rate.

Save money with Royal Mail Large Letter envelopes

You might be interested to know we have envelopes that sit just under the allowance for large letter, thus avoiding the higher parcel rate prices (subject to the depth and weight of the envelope contents, of course)!

The below envelopes have external dimensions just slightly below the Large Letter maximum restrictions:

C4 Metallic Padded Bubble Bags

C4 Matt Padded Bubble Bags

C4 Paper Finish Padded Mailers

C4 Metallic Foil Bags

C4 Matt Foil Bags

If you would like us to measure the outer dimensions of any other envelopes please do give us a call on 01273 486026 and we will be happy to help.


*Please note any sizing stated on a product listing will relate to the internal dimensions of the envelope. You should measure the outer dimensions for Royal Mail postage.

** It is your responsibility to double check the size and weight of any package meets the current Royal Mail requirements. We cannot be held responsible for any postage issues or charges. For the most up to date information please check the Royal Mail website.


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