While there is no increase to Standard parcel rates there are some increases in specialised service rates and at the low volume 0.5kg–1kg national band.
The international standard letter rate increases from €1.35 to €1.50 as mails pricing is rising and An Post faces continuous unit cost inflation from reduced volumes.
Rates for business mail will increase by on average 10% for 2018. These rates are all heavily discounted off the headline standard rate (see link below) to benefit bulk mailing. Through cost reduction in the mails’ network, the impact of e-substitution has been minimised but rates have had to increase by an average of 10% so businesses can be confident of An Post’s high-quality, private and secure service to customers anywhere in the State.
Rates for other services such as Admailer.ie, Publicity Post, Reach+, Publications, Passport Express and MailMinder will be unchanged in 2018.
Commenting on the Price Changes, David McRedmond CEO of An Post said: “2017 saw a major improvement in An Post’s difficult financial position resulting from the price increase last April, large headcount reductions and the successful re-launch of the parcel business. An Post’s strategy is working well but the pressure needs to be maintained as the business offsets the impacts of e-substitution on mail volumes while refocusing the business on e-commerce. I am pleased that the better financial position means prices for standard letters and parcels need not be increased this year. The business has to work even harder in 2018 to deliver efficiencies, to continue implementing fair pricing and to launch new services.”
Full details are available at anpost.ie/rates2018
* Only increase is at low volume ‘0.5kg–1kg within Ireland’ parcel band