Notice Of A Massive Increase in Shipping Prices to the United States
A notice from Royal Mail explaining the reasons behind the astronomical rise in shipping costs for U.S customers.
As a result of exceptional cost increases outside of our control, we are reluctantly introducing pricing changes for parcels being sent to the USA from 1 July. We are limiting the increase to only recover the costs we are experiencing.
These costs are a direct result of:
- An increase of more than 100% in the fees the US Postal Service (USPS) charges for the ‘last mile’ delivery of international mail
- Securing air freight at inflated market costs due to a 95% reduction in air passenger flights globally following the outbreak of Covid-19.
At Royal Mail, we always aim to deliver the best value international services for our customers. We fully recognise that these changes are significant. This was a decision we reluctantly took but is necessary in view of the increased costs borne by Royal Mail.
Just to put these price rises into context, this sudden hike means that a 100g parcel will be 33% higher in cost to ship and a 2kg parcel will be 56% higher in cost to ship! Just like these usurious institutions, I too have to pass on the costs to my customers. At least the highwaymen of Merrie old England had the decency to wear a mask!