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International Airsure Rates 2002-2014


2006 - Airsure to the Netherlands with business roll label,
83p third step 40-60g rate + 4.20 Airsure fee

In 2002, the international priority services were revamped, and "Airsure" added to the existing Swiftair as a version of the UPU express service. The difference was that an Airsure packet was tracked electronically all the way to its destination (and could only be sent to countries able to offer this as an option), with Swiftair packets simply signed for on delivery.

This distinction lasted less for than a year: Swiftair was dropped in 2003, and Airsure packets could now be sent anywhere. They received priority handling, but no guarantee of tracking outside the UK as this depended on whether the overseas postal administration could offer electronic tracking facilities.

As a result of an ECJ ruling, from 31st January 2011 certain "enhanced" services not part of the basic universal provision became liable to VAT on the total charge (including postage) when used to EU destinations. Airsure was one of these services, and hence rates to the EU depended on the weight (see below).

Also in 2002, insured post was scrapped as a separate category. Instead, an extra fee could be paid for additional insurance cover (above the modest default for all letters) with any of the priority services. This was limited to 250 or 500 depending on the destination and service used (much less than the insured post maximum of 2200). Insurance with Airsure generally offered 500 regardless of destination.

Standard Rates 2002-2014

These charges were not subject to VAT, or zero-rated, and were thus flat-rate fees added to the postage (for which see the appropriate page for the date and service). They applied to all destinations until 30th January 2011, and to all destinations except the European Union from 31st January 2011.

Date Rate Addl. Compn. Date Rate Addl. Compn. Date Rate Addl. Compn. Date Rate Addl. Compn.
2002
(31 Oct)
4.00 1.00 2003
(9 Oct)
4.00 1.00 2005
(7 Apr)
4.00 1.50 2006
(3 Apr)
4.20 1.50
2007
(2 Apr)
4.20 2.00 2008
(7 Apr)
4.20 2.20 2009
(6 Apr)
4.50 2.20 2010
(6 Apr)
4.90 2.50
2011
(4 Apr)
5.30 2.50 2012
(30 Apr)
5.40 2.60 2013
(2 Apr)
5.40 2.60 2014
(30 Mar)
Last day

European Union Rates 2011-2014

These charges were subject to VAT at 20% on the total rate paid, and are thus total rates including postage. They applied to European Union destinations only from 31st January 2011.

Date Letters (and Postcards) Small Packets and Printed Papers Addl. Compn.
2011
(31 Jan)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked (add)
6.60 - 20g
6.94 - 40g
7.25 - 60g
7.55 - 80g
7.86 - 100g
8.18 - 120g
8.51 - 140g
8.83 - 160g
9.16 - 180g
9.44 - 200g
9.74 - 220g
10.04 - 240g
10.33 - 260g
10.61 - 280g
10.91 - 300g

Each addl. 20g up to 500g - 19p

Each addl. 20g up to 1kg - 20p

Each addl. 20g above 1kg up to 2kg - 18p
6.59 - 20g
6.91 - 40g
7.22 - 60g
7.52 - 80g
7.82 - 100g
8.15 - 120g
8.46 - 140g
8.77 - 160g
9.10 - 180g
9.37 - 200g
9.67 - 220g
9.96 - 240g
10.26 - 260g
10.54 - 280g
10.82 - 300g

Each addl. 20g up to 500g - 19p

Each addl. 20g up to 1kg - 20p

Each addl. 20g above 1kg up to 2kg - 18p




7.45 - 100g
7.58 - 120g
7.76 - 140g
7.92 - 160g
8.10 - 180g
8.26 - 200g
8.42 - 220g
8.57 - 240g
8.72 - 260g
8.89 - 280g
9.06 - 300g

Each addl. 20g up to 500g - 14p

Each addl. 20g up to 1kg - 13p

Each addl. 20g above 1kg up to 2kg/5kg - 12p




7.43 - 100g
7.55 - 120g
7.73 - 140g
7.88 - 160g
8.03 - 180g
8.18 - 200g
8.35 - 220g
8.50 - 240g
8.65 - 260g
8.82 - 280g
8.99 - 300g

Each addl. 20g up to 500g - 14p

Each addl. 20g up to 1kg - 13p

Each addl. 20g over 1kg up to 2kg/5kg - 12p




3.00
2011
(4 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked (add)
6.70 - 20g
7.08 - 40g
7.44 - 60g
7.67 - 80g
7.96 - 100g
8.29 - 120g
8.63 - 140g
8.98 - 160g
9.31 - 180g
9.61 - 200g
9.94 - 220g
10.25 - 240g
10.55 - 260g
10.84 - 280g
10.92 - 300g
11.83 - 400g
12.74 - 500g
13.93 - 600g
15.12 - 700g
16.31 - 800g
17.50 - 900g
18.69 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg - 1.03
6.59 - 20g
6.91 - 40g
7.22 - 60g
7.52 - 80g
7.82 - 100g
8.15 - 120g
8.46 - 140g
8.77 - 160g
9.10 - 180g
9.37 - 200g
9.67 - 220g
9.96 - 240g
10.26 - 260g
10.54 - 280g
10.82 - 300g
11.73 - 400g
12.64 - 500g
13.83 - 600g
15.02 - 700g
16.21 - 800g
17.40 - 900g
18.59 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg - 1.03




7.67 - 100g
7.81 - 120g
8.03 - 140g
8.20 - 160g
8.41 - 180g
8.51 - 200g
8.63 - 220g
8.75 - 240g
8.87 - 260g
8.95 - 280g
9.01 - 300g
9.67 - 400g
10.33 - 500g
10.99 - 600g
11.65 - 700g
12.31 - 800g
12.97 - 900g
13.63 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg/5kg - 66p




7.64 - 100g
7.78 - 120g
7.98 - 140g
8.15 - 160g
8.33 - 180g
8.42 - 200g
8.54 - 220g
8.66 - 240g
8.78 - 260g
8.87 - 280g
8.93 - 300g
9.59 - 400g
10.25 - 500g
10.91 - 600g
11.57 - 700g
12.23 - 800g
12.89 - 900g
13.55 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg/5kg - 66p




3.00
2012
(30 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked (add)
7.04 - 20g
7.54 - 40g
7.99 - 60g
8.29 - 80g
8.65 - 100g
9.52 - 150g
9.79 - 200g
10.07 - 250g
10.34 - 300g
11.06 - 400g
11.78 - 500g
12.50 - 600g
13.22 - 700g
13.94 - 800g
14.66 - 900g
15.38 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg - 72p
6.95 - 20g
7.36 - 40g
7.75 - 60g
8.02 - 80g
8.35 - 100g
9.25 - 150g
9.50 - 200g
9.76 - 250g
10.01 - 300g
10.66 - 400g
11.31 - 500g
11.96 - 600g
12.61 - 700g
13.26 - 800g
13.91 - 900g
14.56 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg - 65p




9.24 - 100g
9.52 - 150g
9.79 - 200g
10.07 - 250g
10.34 - 300g
11.06 - 400g
11.78 - 500g
12.50 - 600g
13.22 - 700g
13.94 - 800g
14.66 - 900g
15.38 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg - 72p




9.00 - 100g
9.25 - 150g
9.50 - 200g
9.76 - 250g
10.01 - 300g
10.66 - 400g
11.31 - 500g
11.96 - 600g
12.61 - 700g
13.26 - 800g
13.91 - 900g
14.56 - 1kg

Each addl. 100g up to 2kg - 65p




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2013
(2 Apr)
Stamped Franked Stamped Franked (add)
7.06 - 20g
7.54 - 40g
8.02 - 60g
8.44 - 80g
8.86 - 100g
10.68 - 250g
12.42 - 500g
14.16 - 750g
15.90 - 1kg
17.64 - 1.25kg
19.38 - 1.5kg
21.12 - 1.75kg
22.86 - 2kg
6.95 - 20g
7.37 - 40g
7.79 - 60g
8.15 - 80g
8.51 - 100g
10.26 - 250g
11.82 - 500g
13.38 - 750g
14.94 - 1kg
16.50 - 1.25kg
18.06 - 1.5kg
19.62 - 1.75kg
21.18 - 2kg




9.60 - 100g
10.68 - 250g
12.42 - 500g
14.16 - 750g
15.90 - 1kg
17.64 - 1.25kg
19.38 - 1.5kg
21.12 - 1.75kg
22.86 - 2kg

Each addl. 250g up to 5kg - 1.74




9.24 - 100g
10.26 - 250g
11.82 - 500g
13.38 - 750g
14.94 - 1kg
16.50 - 1.25kg
18.06 - 1.5kg
19.62 - 1.75kg
21.18 - 2kg

Each addl. 250g up to 5kg - 1.56




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