Post prices increase for letters sent outside bailiwick

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Guernsey postman sorting letters
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The postage to send a letter within the Bailiwick of Guernsey is being frozen

The price of sending letters outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey is to rise in April, Guernsey Post has announced.

From 7 April, postage for a letter to the UK would increase by 5p from 68p to 73p, a letter to Europe would rise 15p to £1, and a letter to the rest of the world go up 25p to £1.20, bosses said.

However, letters within the bailiwick would be frozen at 50p, they added.

The utility said it also able to freeze "all of the medium parcel rates to the UK and some European parcels rates".

Guernsey Post chief executive Boley Smillie said changes were being made after "significant" price increases for mail to the UK by Royal Mail.

The first-class rate in the UK increased by 9p from 76p to 85p in January 2021.

Reforms to charging applied by other countries had seen the cost of sending international mail "increased by 40% over the last 12 months", he added.

Mr Smillie said: "We will be absorbing 50% of the increase in international charges, but, reluctantly, we must pass the rest on to our customers."

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