Letter rates for 2014 approved
- Cost of standard letter is set to rise by two cents to €0.60
- Cost of international Maxibrief (oversize letter) to rise by ten cents
- Rates for other national and international letter formats and postcards to remain stable
The rates for international postcards and basic products available in international letter formats will remain unchanged.
The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) today approved Deutsche Post's request to adjust mail prices for 2014. As previously announced, the postal rate for a standard domestic letter weighing up to 20 grams will thus rise by two cents to €0.60, with effect from January 1, 2014. The rates that apply to other national letter formats (Kompaktbrief, Großbrief and Maxibrief) and postcards will remain unchanged. As regards special services in Germany, a slight increase of ten cents is planned for registered mail, and 20 cents for registered mail for letter-box delivery.
In terms of international products, the Maxibrief (1,001 - 2,000 grams) will see a price rise of 10 cents, from €16.90 to €17.00. The rates for international postcards and basic products available in international letter formats will remain unchanged. With reference to special international services, the rates for registered letters and insured international letters will rise by ten cents.
The current applicable rate regulation process provides the framework for rate adjustments, allowing the Federal Network Agency to assess and rule upon the respective rate requests. Deutsche Post submitted its price increase request on November 15, 2013.
Stamp price for a standard letter in Germany remains average
Compared with rates throughout Europe, the price of a stamp for a standard letter in Germany remains average, even after this increase. This is a reflection of the significantly higher rate increases seen in other countries.
Existing stocks of stamps can be used until the rate change. Supplemental two cent stamps will be available for purchase in Deutsche Post retail outlets and online from December 5, to allow for remaining unused stamp stocks. As such, customers can continue to use existing stamps even after the New Year without the need for exchange. The new 60 cent stamps will also be available in Deutsche Post retail outlets and online as of December 5. Furthermore, individual stamps bearing any desired postage amount can be printed at any time, on any of the 3,300 stamp machines throughout Germany.