Further price reductions for mail from January 1, 2005
- Deutsche Post pricing proposal approved
- Standardbrief at 55 cents and postcards at 45 cents to be maintained
The prices proposed by Deutsche Post for letter mail services have been approved by the regulatory authority. The new, and for some mail products reduced, prices will take effect on January 1, 2005. Overall, this yields savings for customers in the amount of 50 million euros over the prior year. Prices for standard letters (Standardbrief), at 55 cents, and postcards, at 45 cents, remain the same.
Among the changes are:
The price for compact letters (Kompaktbrief) within Germany will be reduced by 5 cents (minus 5 percent) to 95 cents (previously 1 euro).
Changes are also on tap in fees for items sent abroad. Example: Compact letters within Europe will cost 95 cents - mirroring the domestic price - as opposed to the current 1 euro. On the whole, pricing for international oversize letters (Maxibrief) will be simplified through reduction in the number of weight steps and price harmonization. Additionally, prices for oversize letters from 500 to1000 grams will be reduced. Oversize letters sent within Europe will go from 10 euros to 8 euros, for air transport to the rest of the world from 20 euros to 18 euros, for surface transport from 10 to 8 euros.
Fees will be eliminated for machine-readable business reply in direct marketing (previously 6 cents). Simultaneously, the higher business reply fee for non-machine readable items is being reduced to 25 cents (previously 26 cents). Business reply is an important element of a mailing for business customers; the return allows success to be measured.
The updated service information "Services and Prices" will be made available to customers at retail outlets in time for the price conversion. An overview of price changes for key products can be seen here.