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Stamp costs rise to 'keep delivering quality'

The Local · 16 Sep 2012, 11:17

Published: 16 Sep 2012 11:17 GMT+02:00

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He said costs had risen significantly in the last 15 years and that the rise must be implemented in order to continue to deliver quality and pay staff reasonable wages.

Postage for the “Maxibrief” sized package will also rise from €2.20 to €2.40, while sending books and goods will become more expensive, as will international delivery.

A “Kompaktbrief” of up to 50 grams will cost €1.50 rather than the current €1.45 when sent abroad.

The average increase will be 2.8 percent, the Post said on Friday, and said its prices were still in the mid range when compared to other European countries.

Although Deutsche Post no longer has its monopoly on Germany's postal services, it still holds around 90 percent of the letter-sending business.

The steady shrinkage of the market is driving the company to the internet, where Appel said they were working on trying to create super-secure communications platforms. “The topic of security has developed a huge potential,” he said.

Deutsche Post, which is the biggest postal and logistics group in the world, has been growing in Asia in particular, and recently posted positive business figures.

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Your comments about this article

12:07 September 16, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
"to maintain standards, Deutsche Post chief Frank Appel said on Saturday. "

Does that mean I will continue to receive my post already opened and tampered with?
12:35 September 16, 2012 by AlsoCliff1976
When will this go into effect?

I've read the article 3 times now, but am either missing it, or it's not mentioned.
12:53 September 16, 2012 by The-ex-pat
For the last 5 years my post was never delivered until around 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon. A street away it was delivered at 9 o'clock. Since the beginning of the year I get my post at around 9 o'clock. Great I thought, progress. Since then I have spoken to people I know who live in said next street. During conversation it transpired that the now get their post at................................... around 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon!!!
07:54 September 17, 2012 by pjnt
From my limited living experiences around the world, German post is by far the best and very reasonably priced. In fact, cheap. No problems with me here.
19:25 September 17, 2012 by mrloop
@AlsoCliff1976: From 01 Jan 2013

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