An Post have issued a statement this evening saying that Postage rates across the country will increase on July 1st.
An Post say the price of a standard domestic letter weighing up to 100g posted within Ireland will increase from 68c to 70c whilst the standard international letter weighing up to 100g will increase from €1 to €1.05.
A spokesman for An Post said: “Despite the upcoming increase, An Post’s rates will remain among the lowest in the EU compared to 15 other countries including Britain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, An Post will be well below the EU domestic average of 77c.” “A wide range of discount options continue to be available to businesses. The spokesman added: “The existing Meter rate for Standard Post letters will remain unchanged at €0.66 per item and a wide range of significant discount options continue for Ceadúnas licence and bulk-mail services.”
The move has come in for some critism but the company had strongly defended the increase, claiming the is highly necessary “to stem the unsustainable financial losses arising from the company’s Universal Service Obligation.” An Post say: “Losses totalled €38m in 2014 – whereby customers in all areas of the country are provided with daily collection and delivery services for a uniform tariff.
The company added: “An Post continues to offer excellent value for money to Irish businesses of all sizes and to personal customers.”