Royal Mail are to increase the cost of deliveries for account customers. The underlying contract rates won’t change, but from the 28th of January 2019 the Royal Mail fuel surcharge will rise from 3% to 4%. The fuel surcharge is applied on the product price after any discounts or commissions, and before VAT
Fuel surcharges are a way for carriers to raise and lower prices outside of contract renewals as their fuel costs change, although generally fuel surcharges only ever seem to rise and never fall. Royal Mail remind customers that their fuel surcharge has remained static since the 31st of March 2014.
Royal Mail Fuel surcharges were introduced five years ago. Prior to April 2013 Royal Mail included these costs into the overall parcel price. This change, says Royal Mail, brought the postal service in line with other parcel delivery companies who already apply a fuel surcharge.
The company says that they have done their best to absorb changes in fuel prices and held off increasing their fuel surcharge for as long as possible, but are now in a position where they are forced to pass on some of their increased costs to business customers.
Royal Mail Fuel Surcharge – Affected Services
- Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am®
- Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm®
- Royal Mail Tracked 24®, Royal Mail Tracked 48®
- Royal Mail 24®, Royal Mail 48®
- Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Returns®
- Royal Mail Tracked Returns®
- Mail Order Returns
You can keep up to date with any further changes at royalmail.com/surcharges