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International Recorded/Registered Rates 1993-2002
The overseas registration service in practice was very similar to the inland recorded delivery service, with little actual tracking and no more than the basic compensation available. For extra security and compensation the insured service was needed. This consideration appears to have been behind the 1993 rebranding of registration as "International Recorded" and insured mail as "International Registered".
Unfortunately however, the UPU terms for these services still had to be used on the actual packets. This meant that "International Recorded" mail bore a label inscribed "Registered", and "International Registered" mail bore a label inscribed "Insured / Valeur Déclarée" ... which seems more confusing than was strictly necessary. So when checking the rate of a cover from this period, it is important to make sure you are looking at the right service!
In addition, from 1996 separate rates were quoted for each service when used in combination with Swiftair (at a discount from the combined rates), and distinct half-and-half labels were used. Until 1999 the Post Office Scheme (although not the rates leaflets) quoted cheaper Swiftair prices for packets "collected by an officer of the Post Office" rather than posted at a Post Office -- these were presumably for contract services, but are shown in italics inside brackets below for reference.
|Date||International Recorded||Swiftair +
|International Registered||Swiftair +
|£2.50||---||£3.00 - £500
£4.00 - £1000
|£2.50||£3.30 (£3.00)||£3.00 - £500
£4.00 - £2200
|£3.80 - £500 (£3.40)
£4.50 - £2200 (£4.00)
|£2.60||£3.50||£3.15 - £500
£4.20 - £2200
|£4.00 - £500
£4.75 - £2200