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On March 29th 2016 Royal Mail increased prices for most services, including those for Businesses that use franking machines. The rates below apply up to the end of March 2017

New Prices

Royal Mail has once again changed its pricing system. Postal rates for most services have gone up, and franking prices will be affected too. (see tables below): The good news, however, is that you will still enjoy significant savings as franking still costs a lot less than the stamped and online options.

Mailmark™ enabled franking machines continue to enjoy a price break on some services over and above the savings seen on the low prices already enjoyed by franking machine users.

Standard UK Mail Franking Prices

Standard mail refers to the basic delivery service offered by Royal Mail and is ideal for non-valuable items.

1st class

1st Class mail is an expedited service which aims to deliver anywhere in the UK on the next working day including Saturdays.

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g0.640.530.11
Large Letter100g0.960.830.13
250g1.271.140.13
500g1.711.500.21
750g2.462.110.35
Small Parcel1kg3.353.070.28
2kg5.505.220.28
Medium Parcel1kg5.704.870.83
2kg8.957.571.38
5kg15.8515.850
10kg21.9021.900
20kg33.4033.400

2nd class

2nd class mail in an economy service which aims to deliver anywhere in the UK in 2-3 working days, including Saturdays.

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g0.550.400.15
Large Letter100g0.750.670.08
250g1.200.940.26
500g1.541.230.31
750g2.091.720.37
Small Parcel1kg2.852.570.28
2kg2.852.570.28
Medium Parcel1kg4.954.470.48
2kg4.954.470.48
5kg13.7513.750
10kg20.2520.250
20kg28.5528.550

‘Royal Mail Signed For’ Franking Prices

This option offers a proof of receipt by securing a signature from the recipient upon delivery. It also gives you the ability to check online or via your mobile to see when your item was delivered, compensation cover up to £50 and seller protection for goods sold online. As before, the 1st class service aims for next-day delivery and the 2nd class service aims for 3-day delivery.

1st class

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g1.741.630.11
Large Letter100g2.061.930.13
250g2.372.240.13
500g2.812.600.21
750g3.563.210.34
Small Parcel1kg4.454.170.28
2kg6.606.320.28
Medium Parcel1kg6.805.970.83
2kg10.058.671.38
5kg16.9516.950
10kg23.0023.000
20kg34.5034.500

2nd class

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g1.651.500.15
Large Letter100g1.851.770.08
250g2.302.040.26
500g2.642.330.31
750g3.192.820.37
Small Parcel1kg3.953.670.28
2kg3.953.670.28
Medium Parcel1kg6.055.570.48
2kg6.055.570.48
5kg14.8514.850
10kg21.3521.350
20kg29.6529.650

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed (RMSD) Franking Prices

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed gives you a choice between having your post delivered by 9 am and by 1 pm. You can choose to have compensation of up to £50 for the 9 am delivery and up to £500 for the 1 pm delivery. Features of the service include online proof of delivery, online tracking and signature on delivery and Saturday delivery for an additional charge.

Mail TypeFranked price (£)Stamp price (£)Saving (£)% Saving
1pm delivery6.206.450.253.9
9am delivery17.1018.361.266.9

International Standard (previously Airmail) Franking Prices

International Standard (previously Airmail) is a cost-effective, fairly fast service for sending your post to other countries.

Note: Parcel prices in this table refer to parcels “up to 100g”

Mail TypeFranked price (£)Stamp price (£)Saving (£)% Saving
Letters to europe0.951.050.109.5
Letter beyond Europe0.951.050.109.5
Parcels to Europe3.303.550.257.0
Parcels to World Zone 13.904.200.307.1
Parcels to World Zone 24.254.550.306.7

Franked mailing prices have not been spared from the Royal Mail’s rate hike, but this doesn’t mean that franking your business mail is no longer a viable option. You are still bound to save a lot of money on your postage costs by using a franking machine for your business. Click below to get started.

SAVE UP TO 30% BY COMPARING FRANKING MACHINE QUOTES

Author - Nigel Vaughan

Nigel has over 10 years experience in digital marketing, and loves tech and all kinds of electronics. A keen cyclist and cycle-tourist, he has cycled through 25 countries worldwide.

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