Swiss Post agrees new rates with regulator

Swiss Post has come to an agreement with its price regulator.

Domestic A and B letters well as domestic parcels prices remain the same, unchanged since they were last increased in 2004.

According to the company, “The new mutual agreement is valid for a limited period until 31 December 2017 and came into force on 1 July 2016. This follows the expiry on 31 March 2016 of the previous agreement reached in January 2014.”

By the end of 2017 every household in Switzerland will receive a card with two free, 1F stamps as a gift and Swiss Post will reduce the price of SMS postage stamps from 1F20 to 1F as of the 1st January 2017. Between July and October 2017, all Swiss Post customers will receive a 30% discount on paid postcards sent via the PostCard creator app. This will cost 1F20 instead of 2F per card.

The postal operator will extend the validity of the 1F stamps distributed to each household in 2014 to 2017, and will also align its range of products for private customers with those business customers currently receive. Private customers will now be able to send standard and midi letters in B5 format from 20mm to 50mm thick as letters for a format surcharge of 1F50 per consignment.

Swiss Post has decided not to go ahead with the planned price increase from 3 to 5 francs for each manually completed waybill submitted by business customers for PostPac International, Priority / Economy and URGENT consignments. Each private customer who does not complete his or her own waybill, but instead has it completed at the post office counter, will now also have to pay a surcharge. This surcharge will also amount to 3 francs instead of 5 francs as initially planned.

The prices of Swiss Post services set out in the mutual agreement dated 20 January 2014 will remain largely unchanged until the end of 2017. This not only concerns the prices of parcels, but also applies to the prices of domestic A and B Mail letters, which were increased for the last time in 2004.

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