New postal rates starting January 1, 2016, approved
- Prices to remain stable for three years
- New stamps available online and in retail outlets since December 3
For customers who still have unused stamp stocks at the end of the year, Deutsche Post has already begun selling EUR0.08 supplemental stamps at its retail outlets and online at www.efiliale.de.
Bundesnetzagentur (the German network agency), the government authority responsible for regulating mail prices in Germany, today approved price rate adjustments starting January 1, 2016, that had been requested by Deutsche Post. As announced several weeks ago, the price for a standard letter weighing up to 20g will be raised to EUR0.70 and then remain unchanged for three years starting in 2016, such as all other letter mail products.
In addition to the price adjustment to EUR0.70 for standard letters within Germany, the price for Maxibrief national items up to 1,000g will also climb, from EUR2.40 to EUR2.60. International standard letters and postcards will cost EUR0.90 starting in 2016 instead of the former EUR0.80. The price for large international letters (Grossbrief) up to 500g will be increased from EUR3.45 to EUR3.70. Prices for other individual letter mail formats, whether national or international, will remain unchanged. The new price for transporting standard letters within Germany must also be paid by business customers but here the company will also increase the discount for downstream access for standard letters by five percentage points.
Price changes for individual letter mail formats will also be accompanied by a rise in rates for certain special services. In the future, items such as domestic or international registered mail (Einschreiben) will cost EUR2.50. Some special services - registered mail to addressee's letterbox (Einschreiben Einwurf), delivery to addressee only (Eigenhändig) and/or with advice on delivery (Rückschein) - will each cost EUR2.15.
New stamps and supplemental stamps on sale now
For customers who still have unused stamp stocks at the end of the year, Deutsche Post has already begun selling EUR0.08 supplemental stamps at its retail outlets and online at www.efiliale.de. That also applies to stamps with the new postage values valid as of January 1, 2016. Business customers can also go to www.postofficeshop.de to purchase the higher-value stamps and any needed supplemental stamps and benefit from our online offers for business customers. Current stamps or supplemental stamps from previous years may also continue to be used to frank Deutsche Post items. It is not necessary to exchange them. Individual stamps of any desired postage value can also be printed at any time at one of the 2,700 stamp machines nationwide.