Franked Mail Postal Rates 2018

By Lucy Crossfield | Editor

2018 Royal Mail Prices for Franking Machines

From March 27th, 2017 the following changes to the cost of postage in the UK became effective:

  • First Class stamps for a standard letter increased from 64p to 67p
  • First Class Mailmark® franked mail increased from 51p to 57p
  • Second Class stamps increased from 55p to 58p
  • Second Class Mailmark® franked mail increased from 37p to 39p

Franked vs Non Franked Price Comparison

2018STAMPSFRANKINGYour savings…
1st Class Letters67p60p10.5%
1st Class Small Parcel£3.45£3.226.7%
2nd Class Letters58p44p24%
2nd Class Small Parcel£2.95£2.727.8%
Special Delivery™ Next Day£6.50£6.253.8%
Special Delivery™ 9am£18.36£17.106.9%

Postal prices have been rising sharply since 2005, and show no signs of slowing down.

Although franked mail prices have also increased, businesses who rely upon the postal system for marketing, invoicing, and client correspondence are still getting the best deal by renting or buying a franking machine for the office, as the price of stamps has risen at an even greater rate.

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During 2017, business owners who utilise the discounted rates offered by Royal Mail for franked post can also save their company from overpaying or even underpaying, as today’s franking machines offer real-time updates on costs, ensuring postal calculations are always correct. This is clearly a huge advantage not only when sending out mass mailings but also when sending out individual, everyday pieces.

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Lucy Crossfield Editor

Lucy has worked on Expert Market for over two years, helping the team deliver industry-leading expertise on business topics. She loves curating and creating great content, and feels most at home with a cupcake by her side.

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