Letter mail prices to remain stable in 2008
Federal Network Agency approves Deutsche Post pricing proposalBonn, 11/20/2007, 10:30 AM CET
Prices for the domestic and international dispatch of letter mail and postcards by Deutsche Post will remain unchanged in the coming year. The Federal Network Agency responsible for the regulation of the most important mail prices is following therewith the pricing proposal of Deutsche Post.
After a price reduction in 2003, postage for a standard letter in Germany has remained stable at 55 cents for the sixth year in a row now - with no change in the high quality of the transit times. Within Germany, 95 out of 100 items posted before the last pick-up time of the respective mailbox will reach their recipients on the next working day. This figure, based on certified measurements of quality, means that Deutsche Post belongs in the top bracket of postal companies - in international comparisons as well - although the company is in the European midfield in terms of price levels.
Adjusted for inflation, the view of the European mail markets over the past ten years since 1996 shows us that Germany belongs to a group of only four countries in which letter mail prices have decreased in this time period. In contrast, the actual European average price for the standard domestic letter has risen during this time 37 percent.
For letters sent to other European countries ("Europabrief"), 13 countries have increased their prices in 2006 alone, whereas in Germany the price has remained stable at 70 cents and will remain so in 2008. The price thus remains under the European average.