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Bpost increases rates by more than 7% and announces the return of priority stamps

The postage stamp will cost 1 euro and preferably 0.95 euros.

The Belgian Post and Telecommunications Institute (BIPT) approved an average of 7.44% of Bpost, from 1 January 2019 its tariffs for letters and standard packages, the regulator of the telecommunications sector announced on Wednesday.

This substantial increase in rates relates to postal services known as "Small User Basket" that means standard letters and packages for individuals and small businesses.

These rates indicate the return to "previous" grades with the next business day split and "non-prior" with a maximum of three business days; the difference that was abolished in early 2007, confirms Bpost in his statement. These new stamps will be on sale from January 1, 2019.

The postal company determines that the postage stamp will cost 1 euro (0.97 EUR per 10) and does not give priority to EUR 0.95 (EUR 0.92 per 10). Despite these increases, which have to compensate for a steady drop in mail volume, Bpost still claims to be "Under the European average, the postage stamp costs (€ 1.24 for a comparable service)."

An increase of 4.6%

In addition, Bpost announces that the postal rate for a standard shipment sent to Europe will increase to EUR 1.40 with a minimum of five postage stamps and EUR 1.46 per purchase. For shipments dispatched outside Europe, the international price will be 1.62 EUR of five postage stamps and 1.68 EUR per unit. "Overall, the average tariff rate for all national postal products will increase by around 4.6% in 2019," emphasizes public society.

The BIPT notes this "For the previous stamp, the transition from the unit tariff to 1 euro represents an increase of 14.9% compared to 2018 and 26.6% compared to 2017, the year when BIPT declined the price increase demanded by Bpost (according to the old postal law) A new mark without a preliminary price will be sold at a price higher than the current mark (€ 0.87) at a price of € 0.95. The regulator calculated that, compared to 2017, small users will jointly pay additional costs in the range of EUR 50 to EUR 100 million in 2019 for services offered by Bpost.

The BIPT considers that these tariff increases may not be compatible with the cost-orientation principle as applied in the Customs Tariff Decision of 2017. However, BIPT can no longer control this principle, but the new postal law can no longer be controlled by the BIPT, the Institute points out.

BIPT, on the other hand, found that the increase in rates in 2019 was consistent with the principles of consistency, transparency and non-discrimination, which on average led to an increase of 7,44%.

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