Status: 04.12.2023, 08:50 a.m.
By: Anna Heyers
Good news for consumers: The Federal Network Agency has decided that the postage increase demanded by Swiss Post will not come as early as 2024.
The number of letters sent in Germany has been declining for years. More and more private individuals, but also companies, are opting for the digital sending of (holiday) greetings or documents. Swiss Post is taking this downward trend as an opportunity to steadily increase the price of postage for letters and parcels.
An increase in postage costs has also been planned by Swiss Post for next year, one year earlier than previously planned. An application to this effect was submitted to the Federal Network Authority in May – and has now been rejected.
Application rejected: Postage costs will not become more expensive in 2024
Normally, postage costs are increased every three years. Now Deutsche Post wanted to push this through a year earlier – and failed. (Symbolic image) © bodenseebilder.de/Imago
In May, Deutsche Post submitted an application for an early increase in postage costs to the Federal Network Agency in Bonn, according to MDR, among others. According to the MDR, the application was justified by increased personnel and energy costs and the resulting early increase, which was "absolutely necessary".
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However, according to the German Press Agency (dpa), after a thorough examination of the submitted data, the Federal Network Agency came to the conclusion that Swiss Post had not sufficiently demonstrated the cost increases cited. In addition, the head of the authority, Klaus Müller, emphasized in the dpa article that Deutsche Post is still making profits in the area of letter delivery. For these reasons, an early increase in postage costs was rejected.
Current postage costs at a glance
"The postage of standard, compact, large and maxi letters as well as postcards usually increases every three years," dpa continues. The next increase would therefore not be expected until 2025 at the earliest. In 2012, a stamp with a value of 55 cents was sufficient for a standard letter (domestic), but now it is 85 cents.
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Here is an overview of the most common current letter postage costs:
|Postage costs in Euro
|Weight in grams
|150 to 500 (g/sqm)
|Standard (rectangular shape only)
|up to 20
|three DIN A4 pages
|Compact (rectangular shape only)
|up to 50
|eight DINA A4 pages, five-page letter with back cover
|Large (square shape possible)
|up to 500
|95 A4 pages, income tax return
|Maxi (square shape possible)
|up to 1,000
|190 DIN A4 pages, annual report, magazine, book
|Shipment of books/goods
By the way: The cost of a 10-kilo parcel has risen by one euro and cash on delivery or bulky goods have also been more expensive since July.
However, it should be noted that the size, weight and shipping method, as well as the type of shipment or the destination, may change the costs stated here. Here it is worth taking a look at the corresponding page of the homepage Deutschepost.de.
By the way, it doesn't always have to be an adhesive mark. A code is also possible. You can simply order it via the DHL app, pay for it and then simply write it on the top right of the letter.