Postage is the most expensive part of the Direct Mail process, responsible for up to 75% of the cost. Here is all the latest news, information and tariffs to help you get the most from your postage budget.

There are a number of ways of getting the most from your postage budget including DSA alternatives. For help on how to access their tariff or for a free postage audit please email us at postalhelp

Free Postal Audit

To save you money, we offer a free independent audit on postage. This looks at your mailing requirements and advises you on the best solutions including using alternative postage products, and the likely savings you will achieve.


Summary of Postage Changes 2015

Royal Mail has announced prices increased for postage from 5th January 2015 on average by 3.5% but also increased Advertising Mail discount to 4.36p per Letter item and 6.93p per Large Letter.

The prices of the following products have increased from the 30th March 2015:

  • RM parcel services on average by 1%
  • Advertising Mail Parcels on average by 4%
  • Publishing Mail parcels and A3 Parcels on average by 4%
  • Royal Mail International services on average by less than 1%
  • All products purchased through franking machine. Prices for sending a 1st Class Letter will start from 52p and a 2nd Class Letter from 39p.

From January 2015 Royal Mail introduced a price differential of 1% (0.2p per item) between Mailmark® and CBC. The differential is likely to increase in future years.

The use of trays enhances mail hygiene, and they are the lowest cost/most efficient container for Letters and Large Letters (up to 10mm thick). To achieve this Royal Mail have increased the discount for presenting mail in trays- 0.25p per Letter and 0.4p per Large Letter when compared to the same items presented in bags. For more information go to

GI UK Mail:


% Increase
Unsorted Letter Machine Manual 2.71%
Unsorted Letter Machine OCR 2.82%
Unsorted Lg Letter <100g 2.46%
Unsorted Lg Letter 101-250g 2.48%
Mailsort 70 CBC 4.04%
Mailsort 1400 (Direct) letter 3.41%
Mailsort 70 (Residue) letter 2.94%
Mailsort 1400 (Direct) large letter 0-100g         3.08%
Mailsort 70 (Residue) large letter 0-100g 3.12%

Increased tray saving to 0.25p letters/ 0.4p large letters.


We have been working with Royal Mail over the last few months as part of the early adopters phase for EIB. EIB or Enterprise Intelligent barcoding is a Royal Mail barcode that allows customers to receive tracking reports on dates and volumes of processed mail. The machines verify the items through the machines against the live data which is provided to them electronically by the mailing house as a manifest.

The Royal Mail Mailmark® option for machine-readable mail was successfully launched in March 2014.  Using the Mailmark® option will give you access to reporting, visibility of the performance of supply chain as well as data on the quality and predicted delivery of your mail. Since January 2015 you can pay a lower price for the Mailmark® option compared to OCR and Barcode options. In addition, Royal Mail offers free, on-line Mailmark® performance reporting. They therefore believe there is no need to maintain a more expensive, second Barcode option that doesn't offer reporting and we would like to simplify our product portfolios by removing the Sorted & Unsorted Barcode options from January 2017.

Grow your business with Advertising Mail!

If you have not used Advertising Mail services and are considering doing so, you may be eligible for up to 20% postage credit on your first mailing. For more information go to

Whistl Updates

Whistl has suspended End-2-End (E2E) delivery service and diverted all of their E2E mail volume through our Downstream Access (DSA) network.

Citpost Updates

Citipost introduced new indicia’s. These can be downloaded using following link 

International Product Portfolio

Products simplified:

  1. Zero Sort
  2. Zone Sort
  3. Country Sort
  4. Max Sort

Delivery aims


Europe Rest of World


3-5 Days 5-7 Days


N/A  14-21 Days


     10-15 Days          6-12 Weeks    

 *Only available with Max Sort

  Sustainable Mail™

One of the best ways to achieve postage savings is to meet Royal Mail criteria for Sustainable Mail™. This shows that the impact on the environment has been considered when designing and producing the piece. There are two levels:

Entry level receives a price discount of 1.7% per item on a letter format
Intermediate criteria receive 3.9% on a letter format

Sustainable Mail™ tariffs are achieved when:

  • Mail items are made from responsibly sourced materials
  • All paper elements of the pack are recyclable
  • Recycling messages have been used
  • Data should be suppressed against the Mail Preference Service (MPS)
  • 90% data must meet Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF®)
  • Envelope windows must be recyclable

To qualify for the additional 0.4 pence price discount under the intermediate level, further standards include:

  • Suppliers should have certified environmental management systems
  • The use of at least one commercially available deceased file and goneaway file
  • Opt Out instructions must be included
  • Returned goneaways must be suppressed
  • 50% of finishes must be water-based
  • 95% data must meet Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF)



Sustainable Mail update

As part of our continued product development Royal Mail have been reviewing the specification for Sustainable Advertising Mail. In recent years the range and type of materials that can be recycled at the ‘curb side’ by councils around the country has increased. They remain committed to reducing the impact of Direct Mail on the environment and will continue to look at how to improve your environmental products. As such Royal Mail can now accept mail that uses brown cardboard and brown paper.