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Overseas Insured (Valeur Déclarée) Rates 1899-1993

Introduction


1930 - 2s 5d insurance fee paid for £150 insured value
Front of envelope was so full that Valeur Déclarée label had to go on the back!
Although insurance had been available in the overseas parcel post since a service to India in 1875, it was not until the 1898 Washington UPU Conference that changes were agreed to the UPU insured letter mail service that allowed Britain to adhere to the agreement.

This service was completely separate from the inland insurance that was an integral part of the registration service, as evidenced in the various peevish notes in the Post Office Circular over the years reminding staff of this fact. Overseas insured mail paid a higher fee with different compensation steps. In the British implementation it was treated as registered mail and the overseas registration fee was included in the price, which meant that price increases generally tracked the increases in that fee.

It is worth noting that this was a service intended for valuable paper, not items of intrinsic value. Not all countries accepted insured mail, and some of those that did had lower limits for the amount that could be insured for or limits on acceptable contents. The sender was required to write the exact amount to be insured for on the cover in both figures and words. Special labels with "INSURED" and the international name for the service (Valeur Déclarée, i.e. declared value) were normally used, mostly in shades of red, latterly in pink.

As with the inland services, the overseas registration and insurance services were rebranded in 1993, and further developments come under "Priority Services".

Rates

Date Fees and Cover Date Fees and Cover Date Fees and Cover Date Fees and Cover
1899
(1 Jan)
5d - £12
7½d - £24
10d - £36
1s 0½d - £48
1s 3d - £60
1s 5½d - £72
1s 8d - £84
1s 10½d - £96
2s 1d - £108
2s 3½d - £120
1907
(1 Jul)
4d - £12
6d - £24
8d - £36
10d - £48
1s - £60
1s 2d - £72
1s 4d - £84
1s 6d - £96
1s 8d - £108
1s 10d - £120
2s - £132
2s 2d - £144

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1921
(13 Jun)
5d - £12
7d - £24
9d - £36
11d - £48
1s 1d - £60
1s 3d - £72
1s 5d - £84
1s 7d - £96
1s 9d - £108
1s 11d - £120
2s 1d - £132
2s 3d - £144

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1949
(1 May)
6d - £12
8d - £24
10d - £36
1s - £48
1s 2d - £60
1s 4d - £72
1s 6d - £84
1s 8d - £96
1s 10d - £108
2s - £120
2s 2d - £132
2s 4d - £144

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1952
(1 May)
8d - £12
10d - £24
1s - £36
1s 2d - £48
1s 4d - £60
1s 6d - £72
1s 8d - £84
1s 10d - £96
2s - £108
2s 2d - £120
2s 4d - £132
2s 6d - £144

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1957
(1 Oct)
1s 2d - £12
1s 4d - £24
1s 6d - £36
1s 8d - £48
1s 10d - £60
2s - £72
2s 2d - £84
2s 4d - £96
2s 6d - £108
2s 8d - £120
2s 10d - £132
3s - £144

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1961
(1 Feb)
1s 8d - £24
1s 10d - £36
2s - £48
2s 2d - £60
2s 4d - £72
2s 6d - £84
2s 8d - £96
2s 10d - £108
3s - £120
3s 2d - £132
3s 4d - £144
3s 6d - £156

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1963
(1 Jul)
1s 11d - £24
2s 1d - £36
2s 3d - £48
2s 5d - £60
2s 7d - £72
2s 9d - £84
2s 11d - £96
3s 1d - £108
3s 3d - £120
3s 5d - £132
3s 7d - £144
3s 9d - £156

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1966
(3 Oct)
3s 2d - £24
3s 4d - £36
3s 6d - £48
3s 8d - £60
3s 10d - £72
4s - £84
4s 2d - £96
4s 4d - £108
4s 6d - £120
4s 8d - £132
4s 10d - £144
5s - £156

Each addl. £12 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1968
(16 Sep)
3s 2d - £28
3s 4d - £42
3s 6d - £56
3s 8d - £70
3s 10d - £84
4s - £98
4s 2d - £112
4s 4d - £126
4s 6d - £140
4s 8d - £154
4s 10d - £168
5s - £182

Each addl. £14 or part thereof to £400 - 2d
1971
(15 Feb)
16p - £28
17p - £42
18p - £56
19p - £70
20p - £84
21p - £98
22p - £112
23p - £126
24p - £140
25p - £154
26p - £168
27p - £182

Each addl. £14 or part thereof to £400 - 1p
1971
(1 Jul)
21p - £28
22p - £42
23p - £56
24p - £70
25p - £84
26p - £98
27p - £112
28p - £126
29p - £140
30p - £154
31p - £168
32p - £182

Each addl. £14 or part thereof to £500 - 1p
1974
(24 Jun)
34p - £72
37p - £108
40p - £144
43p - £180
46p - £216
49p - £252
52p - £288
55p - £324
58p - £360
61p - £396
64p - £432
67p - £468
70p - £500
1975
(17 Mar)
40p - £72
44p - £108
48p - £144
52p - £180
56p - £216
60p - £252
64p - £288
68p - £324
72p - £360
76p - £396
80p - £432
84p - £468
84p - £500
1975
(29 Sep)
50p - £70
55p - £105
60p - £140
65p - £175
70p - £210
75p - £245
80p - £280
85p - £315
90p - £350
95p - £385
£1.00 - £420
£1.05 - £455
£1.10 - £490
£1.15 - £500
1977
(13 Jun)
70p - £100
80p - £150
90p - £200
£1.00 - £250
£1.10 - £300
£1.20 - £350
£1.30 - £400
£1.40 - £450
£1.50 - £500
£1.60 - £550
£1.70 - £600
1979
(20 Aug)
75p - £100
85p - £150
95p - £200
£1.05 - £250
£1.15 - £300
£1.25 - £350
£1.35 - £400
£1.45 - £450
£1.55 - £500
£1.65 - £550
£1.75 - £600
£1.85 - £650
£1.95 - £700
£2.05 - £750
1980
(4 Feb)
85p - £100
95p - £150
£1.05 - £200
£1.15 - £250
£1.25 - £300
£1.35 - £350
£1.45 - £400
£1.55 - £450
£1.65 - £500
£1.75 - £550
£1.85 - £600
£1.95 - £650
£2.05 - £700
£2.15 - £750
1981
(26 Jan)
£1.00 - £100
£1.20 - £200
£1.40 - £300
£1.60 - £400
£1.80 - £500
£2.00 - £600
£2.20 - £700
£2.40 - £800
£2.60 - £900
£2.80 - £1000
1984
(3 Sep)
£1.10 - £100
£1.30 - £200
£1.50 - £300
£1.70 - £400
£1.90 - £500
£2.10 - £600
£2.30 - £700
£2.50 - £800
£2.70 - £900
£2.90 - £1000
1986
(2 Jan)
£1.10 - £140
£1.30 - £280
£1.50 - £420
£1.70 - £560
£1.90 - £700
£2.10 - £840
£2.30 - £980
£2.50 - £1120
£2.70 - £1260
£2.90 - £1400
1986
(20 Oct)
£1.20 - £140
£1.40 - £280
£1.60 - £420
£1.80 - £560
£2.00 - £700
£2.20 - £840
£2.40 - £980
£2.60 - £1120
£2.80 - £1260
£3.00 - £1400
1988
(5 Sep)
£1.40 - £140
£1.60 - £280
£1.80 - £420
£2.00 - £560
£2.20 - £700
£2.40 - £840
£2.60 - £980
£2.80 - £1120
£3.00 - £1260
£3.20 - £1400
1989
(2 Oct)
£1.55 - £150
£1.80 - £300
£2.05 - £450
£2.30 - £600
£2.55 - £750
£2.80 - £900
£3.05 - £1050
£3.30 - £1200
£3.55 - £1500
1990
(17 Sep)
£1.75 - £150
£1.95 - £300
£2.20 - £450
£2.50 - £600
£2.75 - £750
£3.00 - £900
£3.30 - £1050
£3.55 - £1200
£3.85 - £1500
1991
(16 Sep)
£1.90 - £150
£2.15 - £300
£2.40 - £450
£2.65 - £600
£2.90 - £750
£3.15 - £900
£3.40 - £1050
£3.65 - £1200
£3.90 - £1500