Post stamp price increase

Published on March 27th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

Stamp Prices Go Up Today

A stamp price increase on first and second class stamps takes affect from today, 27th March 2017.

A standard First Class Stamp rises by 1p to 65p and a Second Class Stamp also increases by 1p to 56p.

The price of a Large Letter First Class Stamp rises by 2p to 98p and the Large Letter Second Class stamp rises by 1p to 76p.

These price increases are in line with the rise of the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). This rose by 1.8% in the year up to January 2017. The last increase in stamp prices was a year ago in March 2016, again by 1p.

UK Standard Stamp Price Guide

postage stamps

If you are a small business owner, or sell items via online marketplaces such as eBay or Amazon, parcel prices rise too.

To make sure you have the correct price of postage attached to your letter or parcel, here are the updated prices for Royal Mail. These prices are valid from Monday 27th March 2017. They are applicable for UK Standard services for non-valuable items.

Standard Royal Mail 1st and 2nd Class Prices

Weight up to and including
1st Class Price
2nd Class Price
Large Letter
Small Parcel
Medium Parcel

UK Letter and Parcel Size and Weight Guide

Letters not exceeding: Length: 24cm Width: 16.5cm Thickness up to and including: 0.5cm Weight limit: 100g

Large Letters not exceeding: Length: 35.3cm Width: 25cm Thickness up to and including: 2.5cm Weight limit: 750g

Small Parcels not exceeding: Length: 45cm Width: 35cm Depth: 16cm Weight limit: 2kg

Medium Parcels not exceeding: Length: 61cm Width: 46cm Depth: 46cm Weight limit: 20kg

Large Parcels not exceeding: 2.5m length and 5m length and girth combined. Weight limit: 30kg.
Only available on Parcelforce Worldwide services

For rolled and cylinder shaped parcels, the length of the item plus twice the diameter must not exceed 104cm, with the greatest dimension being no more than 90cm.

For more information about how to present your mail please visit or ask at a Post Office® branch.

Business Royal Mail Price Increases

franked envelopes

There has also been an increase in prices for business parcels and franking charges.

The Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 services go up by an average of 1.5% (before add-ons and surcharges).

Meanwhile, a 1st class franked letter increase by 4p to 57p and a 2nd class franked letter goes up by 1p to 41p.

Franked 1st class small parcels up to a 1kg in weight increase by 5p to £3.12. Whereas franked 2nd class small parcels rise 5p to £2.62.

Prepaid business envelopes will also cost more. 100 prepaid DL sized first class envelopes will now be a £1 dearer at £74 for 100. Second class prepaid DL sized envelopes will also be a £1 more. 100  envelopes will now cost £65.

Buy Postal Supplies and Stamps from the Post Office Shop

All the Postal Supplies you need are available at the Post Office Shop. Choose from our extensive range of Envelopes, Mailing Boxes and Postal Tubes. Every item is available with next working day delivery.

If you are looking to buy stamps for home or business use, our Postage Stamp range includes various pack sizes. Whether you require First Class Stamps or Second Class Stamps  we can meet your individual requirements.

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