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Letter Rates 1975-2012

Introduction

Empire rates were abolished as from 17th March 1975, and so the rates in the period since then are just simple lists that applied worldwide. For reasons of compactness therefore the rate sets are listed three to a row below.

The structure of few but wide weight bands eventually gave way to a structure with prices per 50g/100g up to the weight limit of 2kg. Generally the rates were set so that the steps were consistent after a certain point around 500g, although some more recent sets of tariffs have had non-constant steps throughout! These sets are listed in full; for others, the rates up to 1kg are given explicitly for ease of lookup.

For letters to Europe until 1991 these rates applied as an "all-up" rate (i.e. letters were sent by air whenever this resulted in faster service). From 7th January 1991 there were separate airmail rates to Europe. However, between 1986 and 1998 there was also a concessionary reduced minimum rate for EEC destinations, equal to the basic first class inland letter rate.

From 2012 the rates for printed papers and small packets above 100g up to the maximum weight (5kg for printed papers, 2kg for other items) were identical to the corresponding letter rates.

Rates

Date Rates Date Rates Date Rates
1975
(17 Mar)
8p - 1oz
15p - 2oz
20p - 4oz
40p - 8oz
80p - 1lb
1.35 - 2lb
2.15 - 4lb
1975
(29 Sep)
10p - 20g
19p - 50g
24p - 100g
44p - 250g
82p - 500g
1.36 - 1kg
2.18 - 2kg
1976
(26 Apr)
10p - 20g
18p - 50g
24p - 100g
48p - 250g
92p - 500g
1.60 - 1kg
2.60 - 2kg
1977
(13 Jun)
10p - 20g
19p - 50g
25p - 100g
50p - 250g
97p - 500g
1.68 - 1kg
2.73 - 2kg
1979
(20 Aug)
11p - 20g
21p - 50g
28p - 100g
55p - 250g
1.06 - 500g
1.84 - 1kg
2.99 - 2kg
1980
(4 Feb)
13p - 20g
25p - 50g
33p - 100g
65p - 250g
1.25 - 500g
2.15 - 1kg
3.50 - 2kg
1981
(26 Jan)
18p - 20g
31p - 60g
43p - 100g
58p - 150g
72p - 200g
86p - 250g
1.02 - 300g
1.18 - 350g
1.34 - 400g
1.50 - 450g
1.66 - 500g
2.27 - 750g
2.88 - 1kg
3.33 - 1.25kg
3.78 - 1.5kg
4.23 - 1.75kg
4.68 - 2kg
1982
(1 Feb)
19p - 20g
33p - 60g
47p - 100g
62p - 150g
78p - 200g
94p - 250g
1.11 - 300g
1.28 - 350g
1.45 - 400g
1.62 - 450g
1.79 - 500g
2.46 - 750g
3.12 - 1kg
3.61 - 1.25kg
4.10 - 1.5kg
4.58 - 1.75kg
5.07 - 2kg
1983
(5 Apr)
20p - 20g
35p - 60g
49p - 100g
66p - 150g
82p - 200g
98p - 250g
1.16 - 300g
1.34 - 350g
1.53 - 400g
1.71 - 450g
1.89 - 500g
2.58 - 750g
3.28 - 1kg
3.79 - 1.25kg
4.31 - 1.5kg
4.82 - 1.75kg
5.33 - 2kg
1984
(3 Sep)
22p - 20g
37p - 60g
53p - 100g
70p - 150g
88p - 200g
1.06 - 250g
1.25 - 300g
1.44 - 350g
1.64 - 400g
1.83 - 450g
2.02 - 500g
2.77 - 750g
3.52 - 1kg
4.07 - 1.25kg
4.62 - 1.5kg
5.17 - 1.75kg
5.72 - 2kg

EEC 20g rate - 18p from 1986 (20 Oct)
1988
(5 Sep)
23p - 20g
39p - 60g
55p - 100g
74p - 150g
92p - 200g
1.10 - 250g
1.30 - 300g
1.51 - 350g
1.71 - 400g
1.91 - 450g
2.11 - 500g
2.90 - 750g
3.68 - 1kg
4.25 - 1.25kg
4.83 - 1.5kg
5.40 - 1.75kg
5.98 - 2kg

EEC 20g rate - 19p
1989
(2 Oct)
24p - 20g
41p - 60g
60p - 100g
80p - 150g
1.00 - 200g
1.20 - 250g
1.40 - 300g
1.65 - 350g
1.85 - 400g
2.05 - 450g
2.25 - 500g
3.15 - 750g
4.00 - 1kg
4.65 - 1.25kg
5.25 - 1.5kg
5.85 - 1.75kg
6.50 - 2kg

EEC 20g rate - 20p
1990
(17 Sep)
26p - 20g
43p - 60g
63p - 100g
84p - 150g
1.05 - 200g
1.26 - 250g
1.47 - 300g
1.73 - 350g
1.94 - 400g
2.15 - 450g
2.36 - 500g
3.53 - 750g
4.60 - 1kg
5.58 - 1.25kg
6.56 - 1.5kg
7.31 - 1.75kg
8.45 - 2kg

EEC 20g rate - 22p
1991
(16 Sep)
28p - 20g
48p - 60g
69p - 100g
92p - 150g
1.18 - 200g
1.42 - 250g
1.66 - 300g
1.92 - 350g
2.18 - 400g
2.44 - 450g
2.70 - 500g
2.96 - 550g
3.22 - 600g
3.48 - 650g
3.74 - 700g
4.00 - 750g
4.26 - 800g
4.52 - 850g
4.78 - 900g
5.04 - 950g
5.30 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 26p
1993
(1 Nov)
30p - 20g
50p - 60g
72p - 100g
1.01 - 150g
1.30 - 200g
1.59 - 250g
1.88 - 300g
2.17 - 350g
2.46 - 400g
2.75 - 450g
3.04 - 500g
3.33 - 550g
3.62 - 600g
3.91 - 650g
4.20 - 700g
4.49 - 750g
4.78 - 800g
5.07 - 850g
5.36 - 900g
5.65 - 950g
5.94 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 29p
1996
(8 Jul)
31p - 20g
52p - 60g
75p - 100g
1.06 - 150g
1.36 - 200g
1.66 - 250g
1.97 - 300g
2.27 - 350g
2.57 - 400g
2.88 - 450g
3.18 - 500g
3.48 - 550g
3.79 - 600g
4.09 - 650g
4.39 - 700g
4.70 - 750g
5.00 - 800g
5.30 - 850g
5.61 - 900g
5.91 - 950g
6.21 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 30p
1999
(26 Apr)
34p - 20g
56p - 60g
80p - 100g
1.12 - 150g
1.44 - 200g
1.76 - 250g
2.08 - 300g
2.40 - 350g
2.72 - 400g
3.04 - 450g
3.36 - 500g
3.68 - 550g
4.00 - 600g
4.32 - 650g
4.64 - 700g
4.96 - 750g
5.28 - 800g
5.60 - 850g
5.92 - 900g
6.24 - 950g
6.56 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 32p
2000
(27 Apr)
36p - 20g
58p - 60g
83p - 100g
1.16 - 150g
1.49 - 200g
1.82 - 250g
2.15 - 300g
2.48 - 350g
2.81 - 400g
3.14 - 450g
3.47 - 500g
3.80 - 550g
4.13 - 600g
4.46 - 650g
4.79 - 700g
5.12 - 750g
5.45 - 800g
5.78 - 850g
6.11 - 900g
6.44 - 950g
6.77 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 33p
2002
(4 Jul)
37p - 20g
61p - 60g
87p - 100g
1.21 - 150g
1.55 - 200g
1.89 - 250g
2.23 - 300g
2.57 - 350g
2.91 - 400g
3.25 - 450g
3.59 - 500g
3.93 - 550g
4.27 - 600g
4.61 - 650g
4.95 - 700g
5.29 - 750g
5.63 - 800g
5.97 - 850g
6.31 - 900g
6.65 - 950g
6.99 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 34p
2004
(1 Apr)
39p - 20g
66p - 60g
93p - 100g
1.30 - 150g
1.67 - 200g
2.04 - 250g
2.41 - 300g
2.78 - 350g
3.15 - 400g
3.52 - 450g
3.89 - 500g
4.26 - 550g
4.63 - 600g
5.00 - 650g
5.37 - 700g
5.74 - 750g
6.11 - 800g
6.48 - 850g
6.85 - 900g
7.22 - 950g
7.59 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 37p
2005
(7 Apr)
40p - 20g
68p - 60g
96p - 100g
1.34 - 150g
1.72 - 200g
2.10 - 250g
2.48 - 300g
2.86 - 350g
3.24 - 400g
3.62 - 450g
4.00 - 500g
4.38 - 550g
4.76 - 600g
5.14 - 650g
5.52 - 700g
5.90 - 750g
6.28 - 800g
6.66 - 850g
7.04 - 900g
7.42 - 950g
7.80 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 38p
2006
(3 Apr)
42p - 20g
72p - 60g
1.02 - 100g
1.43 - 150g
1.84 - 200g
2.24 - 250g
2.64 - 300g
3.04 - 350g
3.44 - 400g
3.84 - 450g
4.24 - 500g
4.64 - 550g
5.04 - 600g
5.44 - 650g
5.84 - 700g
6.24 - 750g
6.64 - 800g
7.04 - 850g
7.44 - 900g
7.84 - 950g
8.24 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 40p
2007
(2 Apr)
46p - 20g
78p - 60g
1.10 - 100g
1.55 - 150g
1.99 - 200g
2.43 - 250g
2.86 - 300g
3.29 - 350g
3.72 - 400g
4.15 - 450g
4.58 - 500g
5.01 - 550g
5.44 - 600g
5.87 - 650g
6.30 - 700g
6.73 - 750g
7.16 - 800g
7.59 - 850g
8.02 - 900g
8.45 - 950g
8.88 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 43p
2008
(7 Apr)
48p - 20g
82p - 60g
1.16 - 100g
1.63 - 150g
2.09 - 200g
2.55 - 250g
3.00 - 300g
3.45 - 350g
3.91 - 400g
4.36 - 450g
4.81 - 500g
5.26 - 550g
5.71 - 600g
6.16 - 650g
6.62 - 700g
7.07 - 750g
7.52 - 800g
7.97 - 850g
8.42 - 900g
8.87 - 950g
9.32 - 1kg
9.78 - 1.05kg
10.23 - 1.1kg
10.68 - 1.15kg
11.13 - 1.2kg
11.58 - 1.25kg
12.03 - 1.3kg
12.48 - 1.35kg
12.94 - 1.4kg
13.39 - 1.45kg
13.84 - 1.5kg
14.29 - 1.55kg
14.74 - 1.6kg
15.17 - 1.65kg
15.60 - 1.7kg
16.03 - 1.75kg
16.46 - 1.8kg
16.89 - 1.85kg
17.32 - 1.9kg
17.75 - 1.95kg
18.18 - 2kg
2009
(6 Apr)
54p - 20g
92p - 60g
1.30 - 100g
1.83 - 150g
2.34 - 200g
2.86 - 250g
3.36 - 300g
3.86 - 350g
4.38 - 400g
4.88 - 450g
5.39 - 500g
5.89 - 550g
6.40 - 600g
6.90 - 650g
7.41 - 700g
7.92 - 750g
8.42 - 800g
8.93 - 850g
9.43 - 900g
9.93 - 950g
10.44 - 1kg
10.95 - 1.05kg
11.46 - 1.1kg
11.96 - 1.15kg
12.47 - 1.2kg
12.97 - 1.25kg
13.47 - 1.3kg
13.98 - 1.35kg
14.49 - 1.4kg
15.00 - 1.45kg
15.50 - 1.5kg
16.00 - 1.55kg
16.51 - 1.6kg
16.94 - 1.65kg
17.37 - 1.7kg
17.80 - 1.75kg
18.23 - 1.8kg
18.66 - 1.85kg
19.09 - 1.9kg
19.52 - 1.95kg
19.95 - 2kg
2010
(6 Apr)
58p - 20g
1.00 - 60g
1.41 - 100g
1.99 - 150g
2.54 - 200g
3.11 - 250g
3.65 - 300g
4.20 - 350g
4.76 - 400g
5.31 - 450g
5.86 - 500g
6.41 - 550g
6.96 - 600g
7.51 - 650g
8.06 - 700g
8.62 - 750g
9.16 - 800g
9.72 - 850g
10.26 - 900g
10.80 - 950g
11.36 - 1kg
11.91 - 1.05kg
12.47 - 1.1kg
13.01 - 1.15kg
13.57 - 1.2kg
14.11 - 1.25kg
14.66 - 1.3kg
15.21 - 1.35kg
15.77 - 1.4kg
16.32 - 1.45kg
16.87 - 1.5kg
17.41 - 1.55kg
17.96 - 1.6kg
18.42 - 1.65kg
18.88 - 1.7kg
19.34 - 1.75kg
19.80 - 1.8kg
20.26 - 1.85kg
20.72 - 1.9kg
21.18 - 1.95kg
21.64 - 2kg
2011
(4 Apr)
66p - 20g
1.14 - 60g
1.60 - 100g
2.27 - 150g
2.89 - 200g
3.54 - 250g
4.16 - 300g
4.79 - 350g
5.43 - 400g
6.05 - 450g
6.68 - 500g
7.28 - 550g
7.88 - 600g
8.48 - 650g
9.08 - 700g
9.68 - 750g
10.28 - 800g
10.88 - 850g
11.48 - 900g
12.08 - 950g
12.68 - 1kg

Each additional 50g - 60p