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Small Packet Rates 1930-2012

Introduction

The Small Packet service was introduced to "afford facilities for the transmission of small articles of merchandise in the letter mails". The weight limit was 2lb, which became 1kg from 29th September 1975 and 2kg from 7th January 1991. The minimum weight was always significantly higher than for other classes of mail.

Letters could not be included (although a simple invoice was permissible), nor currency, nor items of intrinsic value. It was possible to send dutiable items so long as the packet complied with the relevant postal and customs regulations, and a Customs green label was attached.

At first it was not compulsory for countries to accept small packets, and indeed a fair number did not. Other countries might impose restrictions on possible contents, or a lower weight limit. The small packet service was extended worldwide on 1st July 1971 when the overseas sample post was abolished.

From 26th January 1981 the small packet rates were essentially identical to the printed papers rates -- the "full" rate up to 1991, the standard rate thereafter -- except for a higher minimum weight of 100g and a lower maximum weight of 1kg/2kg. The rates are repeated below for convenience.

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 Rate Date Rate Date Rate
1930
(1 Jul)
6d - 8oz
7d - 10oz
9d - 12oz
10d - 14oz
1s - 1lb
1s 1d - 1lb 2oz
1s 3d - 1lb 4oz
1s 4d - 1lb 6oz
1s 6d - 1lb 8oz
1s 7d - 1lb 10oz
1s 9d - 1lb 12oz
1s 10d - 1lb 14oz
2s - 2lb
1935
(1 Jan)
5d - 10oz
6d - 12oz
7d - 14oz
8d - 1lb
9d - 1lb 2oz
10d - 1lb 4oz
11d - 1lb 6oz
1s - 1lb 8oz
1s 1d - 1lb 10oz
1s 2d - 1lb 12oz
1s 3d - 1lb 14oz
1s 4d - 2lb
1950
(1 Oct)
7d - 10oz
9d - 12oz
10d - 14oz
1s - 1lb
1s 1d - 1lb 2oz
1s 3d - 1lb 4oz
1s 4d - 1lb 6oz
1s 6d - 1lb 8oz
1s 7d - 1lb 10oz
1s 9d - 1lb 12oz
1s 10d - 1lb 14oz
2s - 2lb
1957
(1 Oct)
10d - 10oz
1s - 12oz
1s 2d - 14oz
1s 4d - 1lb
1s 6d - 1lb 2oz
1s 8d - 1lb 4oz
1s 10d - 1lb 6oz
2s - 1lb 8oz
2s 2d - 1lb 10oz
2s 4d - 1lb 12oz
2s 6d - 1lb 14oz
2s 8d - 2lb
1963
(1 Jul)
1s 0d - 10oz
1s 3d - 12oz
1s 5d - 14oz
1s 8d - 1lb
1s 10d - 1lb 2oz
2s 1d - 1lb 4oz
2s 3d - 1lb 6oz
2s 6d - 1lb 8oz
2s 8d - 1lb 10oz
2s 11d - 1lb 12oz
3s 1d - 1lb 14oz
3s 4d - 2lb
1966
(3 Oct)
1s 6d - 8oz
1s 8d - 10oz
2s - 12oz
2s 4d - 14oz
2s 8d - 1lb
3s - 1lb 2oz
3s 4d - 1lb 4oz
3s 8d - 1lb 6oz
4s - 1lb 8oz
4s 4d - 1lb 10oz
4s 8d - 1lb 12oz
5s - 1lb 14oz
5s 4d - 2lb
1971
(15 Feb)
7p - 8oz
8p - 10oz
10p - 12oz
11p - 14oz
13p - 1lb
14p - 1lb 2oz
16p - 1lb 4oz
17p - 1lb 6oz
19p - 1lb 8oz
20p - 1lb 10oz
22p - 1lb 12oz
23p - 1lb 14oz
25p - 2lb
1971
(1 Jul)
5p - 4oz
10p - 8oz
15p - 1lb
30p - 2lb
1973
(10 Sep)
6p - 4oz
12p - 8oz
20p - 1lb
36p - 2lb
1975
(17 Mar)
9p - 4oz
18p - 8oz
30p - 1lb
54p - 2lb
1975
(29 Sep)
10p - 100g
18p - 250g
30p - 500g
54p - 1kg
1976
(26 Apr)
13p - 100g
24p - 250g
43p - 500g
72p - 1kg
1977
(13 Jun)
15p - 100g
28p - 250g
50p - 500g
84p - 1kg
1979
(20 Aug)
20p - 100g
36p - 250g
65p - 500g
1.08 - 1kg
1981
(26 Jan)
26p - 100g
34p - 150g
41p - 200g
48p - 250g
56p - 300g
63p - 350g
71p - 400g
79p - 450g
86p - 500g
1.15 - 750g
1.44 - 1kg
1982
(1 Feb)
30p - 100g
38p - 150g
46p - 200g
54p - 250g
63p - 300g
71p - 350g
80p - 400g
89p - 450g
97p - 500g
1.30 - 750g
1.62 - 1kg
1983
(5 Apr)
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
1984
(3 Sep)
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
1985
(4 Nov)
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
1986
(20 Oct)
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
1988
(5 Sep)
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
1989
(2 Oct)
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
1990
(17 Sep)
42p - 100g
52p - 150g
64p - 200g
75p - 250g
87p - 300g
1.06 - 350g
1.15 - 400g
1.26 - 450g
1.36 - 500g
1.83 - 750g
2.29 - 1kg
1991
(16 Sep)
45p - 100g
60p - 150g
75p - 200g
90p - 250g
1.05 - 300g
1.20 - 350g
1.35 - 400g
1.50 - 450g
1.65 - 500g
1.78 - 550g
1.91 - 600g
2.04 - 650g
2.17 - 700g
2.30 - 750g
2.43 - 800g
2.56 - 850g
2.69 - 900g
2.82 - 950g
2.95 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 12p
1993
(1 Nov)
48p - 100g
64p - 150g
80p - 200g
96p - 250g
1.12 - 300g
1.28 - 350g
1.44 - 400g
1.60 - 450g
1.76 - 500g
1.92 - 550g
2.08 - 600g
2.24 - 650g
2.40 - 700g
2.56 - 750g
2.72 - 800g
2.88 - 850g
3.04 - 900g
3.20 - 950g
3.36 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 16p
1996
(8 Jul)
50p - 100g
67p - 150g
84p - 200g
1.00 - 250g
1.17 - 300g
1.34 - 350g
1.51 - 400g
1.67 - 450g
1.84 - 500g
2.01 - 550g
2.18 - 600g
2.34 - 650g
2.51 - 700g
2.68 - 750g
2.85 - 800g
3.01 - 850g
3.18 - 900g
3.35 - 950g
3.51 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 17p
1999
(26 Apr)
54p - 100g
72p - 150g
90p - 200g
1.08 - 250g
1.26 - 300g
1.44 - 350g
1.62 - 400g
1.80 - 450g
1.98 - 500g
2.16 - 550g
2.34 - 600g
2.52 - 650g
2.70 - 700g
2.88 - 750g
3.06 - 800g
3.24 - 850g
3.42 - 900g
3.60 - 950g
3.78 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 18p
2000
(27 Apr)
57p - 100g
76p - 150g
95p - 200g
1.14 - 250g
1.33 - 300g
1.52 - 350g
1.71 - 400g
1.90 - 450g
2.09 - 500g
2.28 - 550g
2.47 - 600g
2.66 - 650g
2.85 - 700g
3.04 - 750g
3.23 - 800g
3.42 - 850g
3.61 - 900g
3.80 - 950g
3.99 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 19p
2002
(4 Jul)
60p - 100g
80p - 150g
1.00 - 200g
1.20 - 250g
1.40 - 300g
1.60 - 350g
1.80 - 400g
2.00 - 450g
2.20 - 500g
2.40 - 550g
2.60 - 600g
2.80 - 650g
3.00 - 700g
3.20 - 750g
3.40 - 800g
3.60 - 850g
3.80 - 900g
4.00 - 950g
4.20 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 20p
2004
(1 Apr)
64p - 100g
85p - 150g
1.06 - 200g
1.27 - 250g
1.48 - 300g
1.69 - 350g
1.90 - 400g
2.11 - 450g
2.32 - 500g
2.53 - 550g
2.74 - 600g
2.95 - 650g
3.16 - 700g
3.37 - 750g
3.58 - 800g
3.79 - 850g
4.00 - 900g
4.21 - 950g
4.42 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 21p
2005
(7 Apr)
67p - 100g
90p - 150g
1.13 - 200g
1.36 - 250g
1.59 - 300g
1.82 - 350g
2.05 - 400g
2.28 - 450g
2.51 - 500g
2.74 - 550g
2.97 - 600g
3.20 - 650g
3.43 - 700g
3.66 - 750g
3.89 - 800g
4.12 - 850g
4.35 - 900g
4.58 - 950g
4.81 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 23p
2006
(3 Apr)
71p - 100g
96p - 150g
1.20 - 200g
1.44 - 250g
1.68 - 300g
1.92 - 350g
2.16 - 400g
2.40 - 450g
2.64 - 500g
2.88 - 550g
3.12 - 600g
3.36 - 650g
3.60 - 700g
3.84 - 750g
4.08 - 800g
4.32 - 850g
4.56 - 900g
4.80 - 950g
5.04 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 24p
2007
(2 Apr)
77p - 100g
1.04 - 150g
1.30 - 200g
1.56 - 250g
1.82 - 300g
2.08 - 350g
2.34 - 400g
2.60 - 450g
2.86 - 500g
3.12 - 550g
3.38 - 600g
3.64 - 650g
3.90 - 700g
4.16 - 750g
4.42 - 800g
4.68 - 850g
4.94 - 900g
5.20 - 950g
5.46 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 26p
2008
(7 Apr)
81p - 100g
1.09 - 150g
1.37 - 200g
1.64 - 250g
1.91 - 300g
2.18 - 350g
2.46 - 400g
2.73 - 450g
3.00 - 500g
3.28 - 550g
3.55 - 600g
3.82 - 650g
4.10 - 700g
4.37 - 750g
4.64 - 800g
4.91 - 850g
5.19 - 900g
5.46 - 950g
5.73 - 1kg
6.01 - 1.05kg
6.28 - 1.1kg
6.55 - 1.15kg
6.83 - 1.2kg
7.10 - 1.25kg
7.37 - 1.3kg
7.64 - 1.35kg
7.92 - 1.4kg
8.19 - 1.45kg
8.46 - 1.5kg
8.74 - 1.55kg
9.01 - 1.6kg
9.27 - 1.65kg
9.53 - 1.7kg
9.79 - 1.75kg
10.05 - 1.8kg
10.31 - 1.85kg
10.57 - 1.9kg
10.83 - 1.95kg
11.09 - 2kg
2009
(6 Apr)
91p - 100g
1.22 - 150g
1.53 - 200g
1.84 - 250g
2.14 - 300g
2.44 - 350g
2.76 - 400g
3.06 - 450g
3.36 - 500g
3.67 - 550g
3.98 - 600g
4.28 - 650g
4.59 - 700g
4.89 - 750g
5.20 - 800g
5.50 - 850g
5.81 - 900g
6.12 - 950g
6.42 - 1kg
6.73 - 1.05kg
7.03 - 1.1kg
7.34 - 1.15kg
7.65 - 1.2kg
7.95 - 1.25kg
8.25 - 1.3kg
8.56 - 1.35kg
8.87 - 1.4kg
9.17 - 1.45kg
9.48 - 1.5kg
9.79 - 1.55kg
10.09 - 1.6kg
10.35 - 1.65kg
10.61 - 1.7kg
10.87 - 1.75kg
11.13 - 1.8kg
11.39 - 1.85kg
11.65 - 1.9kg
11.91 - 1.95kg
12.17 - 2kg
2010
(6 Apr)
0.99 - 100g
1.32 - 150g
1.66 - 200g
2.00 - 250g
2.32 - 300g
2.65 - 350g
3.00 - 400g
3.33 - 450g
3.65 - 500g
3.99 - 550g
4.33 - 600g
4.65 - 650g
4.99 - 700g
5.32 - 750g
5.66 - 800g
5.98 - 850g
6.32 - 900g
6.66 - 950g
6.98 - 1kg
7.32 - 1.05kg
7.65 - 1.1kg
7.98 - 1.15kg
8.32 - 1.2kg
8.65 - 1.25kg
8.98 - 1.3kg
9.31 - 1.35kg
9.65 - 1.4kg
9.98 - 1.45kg
10.31 - 1.5kg
10.65 - 1.55kg
10.98 - 1.6kg
11.26 - 1.65kg
11.54 - 1.7kg
11.82 - 1.75kg
12.10 - 1.8kg
12.38 - 1.85kg
12.66 - 1.9kg
12.94 - 1.95kg
13.22 - 2kg
2011
(4 Apr)
1.12 - 100g
1.50 - 150g
1.89 - 200g
2.28 - 250g
2.64 - 300g
3.02 - 350g
3.42 - 400g
3.79 - 450g
4.16 - 500g
4.50 - 550g
4.84 - 600g
5.18 - 650g
5.52 - 700g
5.86 - 750g
6.20 - 800g
6.54 - 850g
6.88 - 900g
7.22 - 950g
7.56 - 1kg

Each addl. 50g up to 2kg - 34p