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Big Rise in La Poste Tariffs

La Poste letter delivery prices have been increased by an average of around 10% this year, with smaller increases for parcel delivery.

The price of a first class (lettre prioritaire) stamp for delivery in France has increased from €0.85 to €0.95 an increase of 11.7%. Second class (lettre verte) letters have also gone up from €0.73 to €0.80, an increase of 9.5%

For delivery within the European Union the price for a standard 20g stamp has increased 6.7% to €1.20; for delivery outside of Europe it has increased from €1.25 from €1.30.

The rate for a 20g recorded delivery letter within Europe has risen from €5.50 to €5.80. Higher rates apply for letters above 20g, rising to €1.70 for letters above 1kg.

On a brighter note, the Colissimo International basic parcel delivery rates with Europe have increased by only 1.5%, with the new rates ranging from €12.30 for a 0.5kg parcel, up to €59 for a 30kg parcel.

The increases in letter prices are in line with those agreed in 2014 with the communications regulator ARCEP for prices to increase "to ensure the sustainability of the universal service", in the context of a continuing decline in postal volumes.

Latest figures from ARCEP show that the volume of deliveries reduced from nearly 16 million in 2012 to under 13 million in 2016, a fall of 20% in 4 years.

You can read more details of letter and parcel delivery tariffs and the services provided by La Poste in our Guide to Postal Services in France

This article was featured in our Newsletter dated 07/03/2018

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