Isle of Man Post Office scraps the local postage rate

The cost of posting a letter in the Isle of Man is set to rise

The cost of posting a letter in the Isle of Man is set to rise

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The Post Office is scrapping cheaper stamps for standard letters sent from the Isle of Man to the Isle of Man.

It means it will cost the same to post a letter a few miles from Castletown to Colby as it will from Castletown to Cornwall.

A stamp for a letter weighing 100 grams or less will be 42p for all post to the Isle of Man, the UK and the Channel Islands from March 31.

At the moment, the price within the island is 40p, while a letter to the UK costs 42p.

Post from the island is still much cheaper than from the UK. From March 31, the price of a first-class stamp there is to increase by 2p to 62p and second-class by 3p to 53p.

The island has only one class of postage.

‘Isle of Man Post Office still remains cheaper than any of its counterparts in the UK and continues to be among the lowest in Europe,’ a spokesman said. ‘Some customers will benefit from the prices that have been held for a further year whilst others will see an increase.’

A standard-sized letter can be a maximum of 240mm long, 165mm wide and 5mm deep.

Other sized letters from the island were already charged the same, whether their final destination was Manx or in the UK.

The changes from March 31 are:

For large letters (353mm x 250mm 25mm), the price rises from 69p to 90p if it’s under 100g. 101g to 250g stays at £1.20; 251g to 500g stays at £1.60 and 501g to 750g stays at £2.30.

For packets, weights will now go up to a maximum load of 5kgs in 1kg increments and the price for 1kg will cost £3.

Special Delivery is to see an increase across all weight bands with prices starting at £4.71 (from £4.53 in 2013) for Isle of Man, which is for the postcode IM1 (Douglas) only, and £6.40 (£6.22 in 2013) for UK.

International letters are to see a rise across weight bands with prices starting at 75p (from 73p) for Europe and £1.21 (from £1.19) for the rest of the world. Similarly packets will now start at £2.74 (from £2.69) for Europe and £3.52 (from £3.45) for the rest of the world.

International Tracked is to replace Airsure and International Signed For has been renamed to International Signed. A new service called International Tracked and Signed that offers full tracking with signature on delivery, online confirmation and availability to 43 destinations will now be available at a cost of £5 plus postage.

To add to this, an above-inflation increase of about 4 per cent will be added to the Post Office ancillary services (KeepSafe, Redirection, Private Boxes – Business and Individual, Collection and Delivery fees, Door2Door, Freepost, and Business Reply).

Geoff Corkish MLC, chairman of Isle of Man Post Office, said: ‘Some customers will benefit from prices being held for a further year whilst others will see an increase.

‘Contributory factors to the price changes include a number of increases to postage and ancillary services as a result of changing commercial agreements with Royal Mail, the need to simplify our tariffs for customers and the continual decline of mail volumes.’

He added: ‘The Isle of Man Post Office is an innovative and forward-thinking organisation and for the last five years posted volumes have been declining at around 4 per cent per annum, due to this situation we are trying to stop this decline by identifying and expanding into new areas of business to ensure the Post Office sustains itself over the long term and continues to provide customers with the most competitive prices it is able to.’

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