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Printed Papers Rates 1892-1990

Introduction


c.1954 - stamped to order newspaper wrapper with KGVI and QEII dies, 6d rate for 1lb 8oz

Special rates for overseas "Book Post" and other forms of printed matter were made available to many places at varying rates in pre-UPU days, but uniform rates for any foreign destination began in 1892. Unlike letters or postcards, there were never reduced printed paper rate concessions for "Empire" destinations.

The types of material that could be sent as printed papers were broadly similar to those in the inland service, although not identical; detailed rules appeared in the Post Office Guide and varied over time. Many business documents that were not acceptable internationally as printed papers could be sent as commercial papers.

From 1950 there was a "reduced rate" that applied to many items not "of a commercial character" (such as catalogues, order forms and so on). It covered newspapers (both those registered as such at the GPO, and many others printed in the British Postal Area), pamphlets, books, maps and sheet music, provided that they did not contain advertising or publicity material other than on the covers or fly-leaves. This reduced rate was scrapped from 17th September 1990. (In the table below, where one set of rates changed and the other did not, the unchanged rates are shown in grey.) From 1907 to 1963 there was also a distinct Canadian Magazine Post for periodicals sent to Canada by direct Canadian Packet.

Weight limits for most types of printed papers were 4lb until June 1948 (5lb to British Empire countries), 6lb from July 1948, 4lb from 1st July 1971, and 2kg from 29th September 1975. However there were exceptions for packets containing books and booklets (more recently "leaflets and pamphlets") -- thesc could weigh up to 6lb from January 1922, 11lb from July 1948, and 5kg from 29th September 1975.

Rates

Date Full Reduced Date Full Reduced
1892
(1 Jul)
d - 2oz
1d - 4oz
1d - 6oz
2d - 8oz
2d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
3d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
4d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
5d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
not applicable 1949
(1 May)
1d - 2oz
1d - 4oz
2d - 6oz
2d - 8oz
3d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
4d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
5d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
6d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
not applicable
1950
(1 Oct)
1d - 2oz
2d - 4oz
2d - 6oz
3d - 8oz
3d - 10oz
4d - 12oz
4d - 14oz
5d - 1lb
5d - 1lb 2oz
6d - 1lb 4oz
6d - 1lb 6oz
7d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
1d - 2oz
1d - 4oz
2d - 6oz
2d - 8oz
3d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
4d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
5d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
6d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
1957
(1 Oct)
2d - 2oz
3d - 4oz
4d - 6oz
5d - 8oz
6d - 10oz
7d - 12oz
8d - 14oz
9d - 1lb
10d - 1lb 2oz
11d - 1lb 4oz
1s - 1lb 6oz
1s 1d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1d - 2oz
2d - 4oz
3d - 6oz
4d - 8oz
5d - 10oz
6d - 12oz
7d - 14oz
8d - 1lb
9d - 1lb 2oz
10d - 1lb 4oz
11d - 1lb 6oz
1s 0d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1963
(1 Jul)
2d - 2oz
4d - 4oz
5d - 6oz
7d - 8oz
8d - 10oz
10d - 12oz
11d - 14oz
1s 1d - 1lb
1s 2d - 1lb 2oz
1s 4d - 1lb 4oz
1s 5d - 1lb 6oz
1s 7d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
2d - 2oz
3d - 4oz
5d - 6oz
6d - 8oz
8d - 10oz
9d - 12oz
11d - 14oz
1s 0d - 1lb
1s 2d - 1lb 2oz
1s 3d - 1lb 4oz
1s 5d - 1lb 6oz
1s 6d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1966
(3 Oct)
4d - 2oz
6d - 4oz
8d - 6oz
10d - 8oz
1s - 10oz
1s 2d - 12oz
1s 4d - 14oz
1s 6d - 1lb
1s 8d - 1lb 2oz
1s 10d - 1lb 4oz
2s - 1lb 6oz
2s 2d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 2d
2d - 2oz
3d - 4oz
5d - 6oz
6d - 8oz
8d - 10oz
9d - 12oz
11d - 14oz
1s 0d - 1lb
1s 2d - 1lb 2oz
1s 3d - 1lb 4oz
1s 5d - 1lb 6oz
1s 6d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1968
(16 Sep)
4d - 2oz
6d - 4oz
8d - 6oz
10d - 8oz
1s - 10oz
1s 2d - 12oz
1s 4d - 14oz
1s 6d - 1lb
1s 8d - 1lb 2oz
1s 10d - 1lb 4oz
2s - 1lb 6oz
2s 2d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 2d
2d - 2oz
3d - 4oz
6d - 8oz
9d - 12oz
1s - 1lb
1s 3d - 1lb 4oz
1s 6d - 1lb 8oz
1s 9d - 1lb 12oz
2s - 2lb
2s 3d - 2lb 4oz
2s 6d - 2lb 8oz
2s 9d - 2lb 12oz

Each addl. 4oz - 3d
1971
(15 Feb)
1p - 2oz
2p - 4oz
3p - 6oz
4p - 8oz
5p - 10oz
6p - 12oz
7p - 14oz
8p - 1lb
9p - 1lb 2oz
10p - 1lb 4oz
11p - 1lb 6oz
12p - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1p
1p - 2oz
1p - 4oz
2p - 8oz
3p - 12oz
4p - 1lb
5p - 1lb 4oz
6p - 1lb 8oz
7p - 1lb 12oz
8p - 2lb
9p - 2lb 4oz
10p - 2lb 8oz
11p - 2lb 12oz

Each addl. 4oz - 1p
1971
(1 Jul)
3p - 1oz
4p - 2oz
5p - 4oz
8p - 8oz
15p - 1lb
25p - 2lb
40p - 4lb
50p - 5lb
70p - 7lb
90p - 9lb
1.10 - 11lb
1p - 1oz
2p - 2oz
2p - 4oz
4p - 8oz
8p - 1lb
15p - 2lb
25p - 4lb
30p - 5lb
40p - 7lb
50p - 9lb
60p - 11lb
1973
(10 Sep)
3p - 1oz
4p - 2oz
5p - 4oz
8p - 8oz
15p - 1lb
25p - 2lb
40p - 4lb
50p - 5lb
70p - 7lb
90p - 9lb
1.10 - 11lb
2p - 1oz
2p - 2oz
3p - 4oz
4p - 8oz
8p - 1lb
15p - 2lb
28p - 4lb
34p - 5lb
46p - 7lb
58p - 9lb
70p - 11lb
1974
(24 Jun)
3p - 1oz
4p - 2oz
5p - 4oz
8p - 8oz
17p - 1lb
31p - 2lb
53p - 4lb
64p - 5lb
86p - 7lb
1.08 - 9lb
1.30 - 11lb
2p - 1oz
3p - 2oz
3p - 4oz
5p - 8oz
10p - 1lb
18p - 2lb
32p - 4lb
38p - 5lb
52p - 7lb
66p - 9lb
80p - 11lb
1975
(17 Mar)
5p - 1oz
7p - 2oz
8p - 4oz
11p - 8oz
19p - 1lb
32p - 2lb
54p - 4lb
68p - 5lb
95p - 7lb
1.22 - 9lb
1.50 - 11lb
4p - 1oz
5p - 2oz
6p - 4oz
8p - 8oz
15p - 1lb
27p - 2lb
48p - 4lb
55p - 5lb
80p - 7lb
1.00 - 9lb
1.20 - 11lb
1975
(29 Sep)
5p - 20g
7p - 50g
8p - 100g
11p - 250g
19p - 500g
32p - 1kg
54p - 2kg
81p - 3kg
1.08 - 4kg
1.35 - 5kg
4p - 20g
5p - 50g
6p - 100g
8p - 250g
15p - 500g
27p - 1kg
48p - 2kg
72p - 3kg
96p - 4kg
1.20 - 5kg
1976
(5 Jan)
6p - 20g
8p - 50g
10p - 100g
16p - 250g
28p - 500g
48p - 1kg
80p - 2kg
1.20 - 3kg
1.60 - 4kg
2.00 - 5kg
5p - 20g
6p - 50g
7p - 100g
11p - 250g
20p - 500g
35p - 1kg
65p - 2kg
1.00 - 3kg
1.35 - 4kg
1.65 - 5kg
1976
(26 Apr)
6p - 20g
10p - 50g
13p - 100g
24p - 250g
43p - 500g
72p - 1kg
1.01 - 2kg
1.51 - 3kg
2.02 - 4kg
2.52 - 5kg
5p - 20g
6p - 50g
7p - 100g
12p - 250g
22p - 500g
36p - 1kg
65p - 2kg
1.00 - 3kg
1.35 - 4kg
1.65 - 5kg
1977
(13 Jun)
7p - 20g
11p - 50g
15p - 100g
28p - 250g
50p - 500g
84p - 1kg
1.18 - 2kg
1.76 - 3kg
2.35 - 4kg
2.94 - 5kg
6p - 20g
7p - 50g
8p - 100g
15p - 250g
27p - 500g
43p - 1kg
80p - 2kg
1.20 - 3kg
1.62 - 4kg
1.98 - 5kg
1979
(29 Oct)
9p - 20g
14p - 50g
20p - 100g
36p - 250g
65p - 500g
1.08 - 1kg
1.51 - 2kg
2.27 - 3kg
3.02 - 4kg
3.78 - 5kg
7p - 20g
9p - 50g
10p - 100g
19p - 250g
34p - 500g
54p - 1kg
1.00 - 2kg
1.50 - 3kg
2.03 - 4kg
2.48 - 5kg
1980
(4 Feb)
9p - 20g
14p - 50g
20p - 100g
36p - 250g
65p - 500g
1.08 - 1kg
1.51 - 2kg
2.27 - 3kg
3.02 - 4kg
3.78 - 5kg
8p - 20g
10p - 50g
13p - 100g
24p - 250g
43p - 500g
70p - 1kg
1.15 - 2kg
1.75 - 3kg
2.40 - 4kg
2.90 - 5kg
1981
(26 Jan)
12p - 20g
19p - 60g
26p - 100g
34p - 150g
41p - 200g
48p - 250g
56p - 300g
63p - 350g
71p - 400g
79p - 450g
86p - 500g
1.15 - 750g
1.44 - 1kg
2.02 - 2kg
3.02 - 3kg
4.03 - 4kg
5.04 - 5kg
11p - 20g
14p - 60g
17p - 100g
22p - 150g
27p - 200g
32p - 250g
37p - 300g
43p - 350g
48p - 400g
53p - 450g
58p - 500g
74p - 750g
93p - 1kg
1.62 - 2kg
2.30 - 3kg
3.10 - 4kg
3.85 - 5kg
1982
(1 Feb)
13p - 20g
22p - 60g
30p - 100g
38p - 150g
46p - 200g
54p - 250g
63p - 300g
71p - 350g
80p - 400g
89p - 450g
97p - 500g
1.30 - 750g
1.62 - 1kg
2.27 - 2kg
3.40 - 3kg
4.54 - 4kg
5.67 - 5kg
12p - 20g
16p - 60g
19p - 100g
25p - 150g
31p - 200g
36p - 250g
42p - 300g
49p - 350g
55p - 400g
60p - 450g
66p - 500g
84p - 750g
1.06 - 1kg
1.84 - 2kg
2.61 - 3kg
3.52 - 4kg
4.37 - 5kg
1983
(5 Apr)
14p - 20g
23p - 60g
32p - 100g
41p - 150g
49p - 200g
58p - 250g
67p - 300g
77p - 350g
86p - 400g
95p - 450g
1.04 - 500g
1.39 - 750g
1.74 - 1kg
2.44 - 2kg
3.65 - 3kg
4.87 - 4kg
6.09 - 5kg
13p - 20g
17p - 60g
21p - 100g
27p - 150g
33p - 200g
39p - 250g
45p - 300g
53p - 350g
59p - 400g
65p - 450g
71p - 500g
91p - 750g
1.14 - 1kg
1.99 - 2kg
2.82 - 3kg
3.80 - 4kg
4.72 - 5kg
1984
(3 Sep)
16p - 20g
26p - 60g
35p - 100g
45p - 150g
54p - 200g
64p - 250g
74p - 300g
84p - 350g
95p - 400g
1.05 - 450g
1.15 - 500g
1.54 - 750g
1.92 - 1kg
2.69 - 2kg
4.03 - 3kg
5.38 - 4kg
6.72 - 5kg
15p - 20g
19p - 60g
23p - 100g
30p - 150g
37p - 200g
43p - 250g
50p - 300g
59p - 350g
66p - 400g
72p - 450g
79p - 500g
1.01 - 750g
1.27 - 1kg
2.21 - 2kg
3.13 - 3kg
4.22 - 4kg
5.24 - 5kg
1985
(4 Nov)
18p - 20g
29p - 60g
40p - 100g
50p - 150g
61p - 200g
72p - 250g
84p - 300g
95p - 350g
1.07 - 400g
1.18 - 450g
1.30 - 500g
1.73 - 750g
2.16 - 1kg
3.02 - 2kg
4.54 - 3kg
6.05 - 4kg
7.56 - 5kg
17p - 20g
23p - 60g
28p - 100g
36p - 150g
44p - 200g
52p - 250g
60p - 300g
71p - 350g
79p - 400g
86p - 450g
95p - 500g
1.21 - 750g
1.52 - 1kg
2.65 - 2kg
3.76 - 3kg
5.06 - 4kg
6.29 - 5kg
1986
(20 Oct)
19p - 20g
30p - 60g
42p - 100g
53p - 150g
65p - 200g
76p - 250g
88p - 300g
1.00 - 350g
1.12 - 400g
1.25 - 450g
1.37 - 500g
1.82 - 750g
2.28 - 1kg
3.19 - 2kg
4.79 - 3kg
6.38 - 4kg
7.98 - 5kg
18p - 20g
25p - 60g
31p - 100g
39p - 150g
48p - 200g
57p - 250g
66p - 300g
77p - 350g
86p - 400g
94p - 450g
1.03 - 500g
1.32 - 750g
1.65 - 1kg
2.90 - 2kg
4.10 - 3kg
5.50 - 4kg
6.85 - 5kg
1988
(5 Sep)
20p - 20g
32p - 60g
44p - 100g
56p - 150g
68p - 200g
80p - 250g
93p - 300g
1.05 - 350g
1.18 - 400g
1.31 - 450g
1.44 - 500g
1.92 - 750g
2.40 - 1kg
3.36 - 2kg
5.04 - 3kg
6.72 - 4kg
8.40 - 5kg
19p - 20g
27p - 60g
33p - 100g
42p - 150g
52p - 200g
61p - 250g
71p - 300g
83p - 350g
92p - 400g
1.02 - 450g
1.12 - 500g
1.42 - 750g
1.81 - 1kg
3.30 - 2kg
4.70 - 3kg
6.30 - 4kg
7.85 - 5kg
1989
(2 Oct)
20p - 20g
34p - 60g
47p - 100g
60p - 150g
74p - 200g
85p - 250g
1.00 - 300g
1.15 - 350g
1.25 - 400g
1.40 - 450g
1.55 - 500g
2.10 - 750g
2.60 - 1kg
3.65 - 2kg
5.50 - 3kg
7.35 - 4kg
9.15 - 5kg
20p - 20g
30p - 60g
36p - 100g
46p - 150g
57p - 200g
67p - 250g
78p - 300g
91p - 350g
1.01 - 400g
1.12 - 450g
1.23 - 500g
1.56 - 750g
1.99 - 1kg
3.62 - 2kg
5.16 - 3kg
6.92 - 4kg
8.63 - 5kg