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Postage costs set to spike in Germany

The cost for sending letters, cards and postcards in Germany is set to rise significantly next month.

Postage costs set to spike in Germany
Photo: DPA

A stamp for a standard letter currently costs 70 cents. But the price is expected to jump to 80 cents from July 1st – an increase of 14 percent, Deutsche Post announced on Monday, reported Welt.

The price of sending postcards is also set to rise from 45 cents to 60 cents – an increase of 33 percent.

Graph translated for The Local by Statista.

Meanwhile, a compact letter, which can weigh up to 50g, will likely be 10 cents more expensive to post from July 1st, when it will cost 95 cents.

SEE ALSO: Deutsche Post: Postage costs to increase by 'up to 400 percent'

The regulating authority, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) still has to approve the new postage price plan. However, it is expected that the agency will give Deutsche Post the green light to raise prices later this month.

Once confirmed, the new prices will be in place until the end of 2021.

Consumers have been told that older stamps bought before the price increase will remain valid.

The current 70 cent stamp. Photo: DPA

Cost of email

The last price hike to the cost of domestic postage took place in 2016, with stamp prices increasing from 62 to the current 70 cents. At the time it was the largest increase since German reunification.

Deutsche Post says price hikes are necessary to keep up with costs, as consumers increasingly turn to email instead of sending post.

The firm previously told RP Online that there were fewer and fewer letters being sent, leading to a decrease in revenue for post operators.

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In recent years, the amount of letters sent annually has decreased by roughly two to three percent.

The Bonn-based group currently delivers around 57 million letter items a day in Germany.

Not the first price increase this year

As reported by The Local in February, postage costs increased by up to 400 percent in some instances from April 1st.

Package prices rose sharply, particularly for international postage. Costs for sending packages to the US increased four fold.

The costs associated with sending small packages was also subject to a considerable increase as it became no longer possible to send CDs or DVDs at the original letter price.

Previously, letters containing CDs or DVDs could be sent at the cost of a card or postcard.   

Vocabulary

Postage increase – die Portoerhöhung

Stamp – die Briefmarke

Standard letter – der Standardbrief

Compact letter – der Kompaktbrief

The new prices – die neuen Preise

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PostNord to continue Danish deliveries until 2023

The Danish arm of Swedish-Danish post distribution company PostNord is to continue delivering the country’s post until at least 2023 after a new deal was agreed with the government.

PostNord to continue Danish deliveries until 2023
PostNord will deliver Denmark's letters until at least 2023. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Post Danmark – the Danish subsidiary of PostNord – extended its contract to deliver post in the country with the government and its allied left wing parties, the transport ministry confirmed in a statement on Monday.

“Distributions of post is an important societal task which every sitting government must take responsibility for,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said in the statement.

A “large proportion” of people in Denmark still “do not receive their post digitally and therefore need to receive their post at their home address,” Engelbrecht said.

“It must be possible to receive a letter from your family and to write to your family, regardless of where in the country you live.

“That’s why the deal with Post Danmark has been extended, so Danes can be reassured that post will get through while political work to secure a new, long-term postal agreement continues,” the minister said.

The Danish government owns 40 percent of PostNord, with 60 percent owned by its counterpart in Stockholm.

The company has faced sharp criticism on several occasions since it began announcing losses in 2012. The Danish state has spent to keep the Danish side of the company afloat. Inefficient mail distribution and poor financial management have been among the criticisms.

PostNord was established in 2009 via a merger of the formerly-national Post Danmark and Sweden’s Posten.

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