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.


New postage prices for 2017

Postage prices for Royal Mail Retail and DSA have increased from 3rd January 2017.

  • Mailmark, CBC, OCR, 1400 prices have increased by almost 2.8%
  • International Tracked and Signed Services will increase on average by 3%
  • International Mixed Mail will increase on average by 5.7%
  • International Letters will increase on average by 4.5%
  • International Large Letters will increase on average by 4.2%
  • International Parcels will increase on average by 4.4%
  • International Max Sort and Print Direct will increase on average by 14.8% and 8.3% respectively
  • International Low Volume Country Prices Services increase on average by 5.3%
  • International High Volume Country Prices Services increase on average by 8.9%
  • International Response services will increase on average by 7.6%

*Please note some DSA have increased their operational costs for collecting, sorting and delivering mail to Royal Mail.

General Large Letters, A3 Parcels and Parcels Access Charges change - April 2017

Royal Mail has increased some of the discounts for Advertising Mail and presenting pre-sorted mail in trays:

Advertising Mail 5.147p for Letters

Advertising Mail 8.051p for Large Letters up to 100g

Advertising Mail 8.206p for Large Letters up to 250g


Responsible/Sustainable Mail Entry and Intermediate prices will remain 0.5p and 1.0p less than Ad Mail price.

The discount for presenting pre-sorted mail in trays increased from 0.5p per item to 0.6p for a Large Letter (for Business Mail and Ad Mail, not General Mail).

Letter discount remain the same – 0.25p per item.

Machinable Large Letter

Machinable Large letters can now be sent using Unwrapped spec. Mailmark and OCR now available for unwrapped. You can download a copy of the new User Guide from

New Unsorted Option - barcode savings

From 27th March 2017 Royal Mail will be introducing new option for unsorted jobs by printing a simple barcode to ‘bring efficiencies and ensure bills are accurate’.

  • You could save 1p per item by printing a barcode on the envelopes
  • There will be only one size for the new PPI design
  • This option will be available for:
    • Standard Business Mail
    • Standard Ad Mail
    • 1st and 2nd Class
    • STL, BPL, CLN


Send more for less’ – new option for catalogues/brochures

Customers that post catalogues or brochures may be interested in the new weight bands introduced with 2016 Royal Mail Advertising Mail prices. They came into effect from 4th January 2016 for use in the Advertising Mail Catalogue Trial. They include, for the first time, five new weight bands between 100g – 150g for both Letter and Large Letter format items. This, in effect, reduces the price increases for catalogues over 100g.
The Advertising Mail Catalogue Trial started on 4th January 2016 and ran until 17th March 2017.

Digital Stamp

Digital Stamp Indicia is becoming a permanent option both for Royal Mail Wholesale & Retail customers from 3rd May 2016, subject to terms and conditions.

This option will be available for Access 70 OCR, CBC and Mailmark mailings up to 30th October 2016.

From the 1st November 2016 Digital Stamp option will be available only for Mailmark service.

You have a choice of using one of two digital stamp designs shown below. Whichever one you choose, you will need to apply the Access Licence Number assigned to you under your Access Contract to the artwork you create (to replace the C1 12345 number shown in the images below).


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Royal Mail Wholesale and Retail ‘Scheme for Growth’ promotion

Royal Mail is introducing a postage credit scheme which will lower prices for customers who use mail to grow their business.  The scheme rewards senders that grow their advertising mail volumes over a 12 month period.

It will be open to applications from 29 April 2016.

How does it work?

  • The scheme is to encourage the growth of direct mail
  • The scheme offers credits to advertisers of between 2.5p-10.5p per item on all incremental advertising mail posted during a 12 month period
  • The incremental volume posted must be in addition to the volume posted during the previous 12 months
  • The minimum volume for the incremental is 250,000

Who is eligible to use the scheme?

  • Anyone who is intending to post at least 250,000 incremental mail items in the 12 month incentive period
  • The incremental volume can either be Letter or Large Letter

The incremental volume has to be posted either using the Advertising or Responsible Mail services AND Mailmark*

You can find all details on the RM website:

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

New UKM Indicias

UKM Group has rebranded and introduced new indicias. They have come into effect from 11th April 2016.

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You are also able to send UKM mail out with just the ‘Royal Mail Delivered by’ stamp.

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7th of April 2017 is the last day when the mailing with old indicia can be sent off to UK Mail.

  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.