How much it will cost to send a letter or parcel through the SA Post Office in 2018

 ·12 Jan 2018

The South African Post Office (SAPO) has released its updated list of fees for postal services across South Africa.

The new fees will be implemented as of 1 April 2018 and will see an increase in the cost of sending of ordinary domestic and internal mail, packages, as well as the purchasing of stamps.

2018 is expected to be a big year for the post office after government announced in December that it would take over the distribution of welfare grants from current service provider Net 1 UEPS Technologies.

The postal service is also expected to be granted a full state bank licence before it begins distributing social grants in April 2018.

New rates 

Domestic parcel rates

Any postal item larger than 250 x 353 mm and/or thicker than 30mm and/or weighing more than 1 kg will be considered a “parcel” by SAPO.

It will also charge R52.50 for the first kilogram for counter to counter deliveries, with an additional R7.05 charged for each additional kg or part of a kg.

Insurance is an optional extra, and the sender has the option of insuring the ordinary parcel at a rate of 3% of the declared value up to a maximum of R5,000 with a minimum rate of R4.20 per parcel.

Stamp booklets

Stamp booklet (domestic standard) New rate
Booklet of 10 stamps  R42
Boxes of 50 (500 stamps)  R2 100.15
Boxes of 100 (1,000 stamps)  R4 200.30
Roll of 100 (100 stamps)  R420

Ordinary Mail

Product New rate
Client’s own envelope (unsorted/non-bulk)  
Small R4.20
Medium R8.40
Large R10.30
Cylinder/Rolled Items
Cylinder/Rolled Items (520mm x 70mm) R10.30
Cylinder/Rolled Items (620mm x 70mm) R18.30
Rolled adressed newspapers
Rolled adressed newspapers (324mm x 70mm) R5.55
Postage included (prepaid) envelope (postage and cost of envelope)
Small with and without window and self-seal envelope R4.45
Small (maxi) with and without window and self-seal envelope R4.45
Medium R9.65
Large R12.90
Lettergram R4.35
Change of address (postage paid) R4.45
Ordinary postcard (Post Office card, postage paid) R4.45
Client’s own Postcard
Small R4.20
Medium R8.40
Large R10.30

You can find the complete list of changes here.

Read: SA Post Office to take over the distribution of welfare grants

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