ANOTHER SHARP INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF THE STAMP ON 1 JANUARY 2021
On 1 January 2021, there will no longer be a stamp for less than one euro. The green will be at 1.08 euro (+11.3%), the red at 1.28 euro (+10.3%) and the Ecopli will be at 1.06 euro (+11.6%). The price of the latter will have doubled in 7 years.
La Poste announced on Thursday that mail rates will increase by 4.7% on average on 1 January 2021, with the price of ordinary stamps rising significantly more, all costing more than one euro.
This development, validated by the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Arcep), "helps to ensure the sustainability of the universal service" in a "context of accelerating decline in volumes of mail" transported, justified La Poste in a statement.
The price of the green stamp, for a letter delivered in 48 hours in metropolitan France, for individuals will rise from 97 cents to 1.08 euros (+11.3%).
That of the red stamp, for a priority letter theoretically delivered the next day, will rise from 1.16 to 1.28 euros (+10.3%). Its price will have doubled in 7 years. In 2013, it cost only 63 cents.
More than a euro for the "Ecopli".
La Poste refers to the "tariff advantage" to evoke the price difference between green and red stamps, which will increase from 19 to 20 centimes. And those who buy them online will be entitled to a 3% discount. As for the "Ecopli", the cheapest formula for a shipment in four days on average, with a grey stamp, it will rise from 95 cents to 1.06 euros (+11.6%).
The "tracking" sticker, which provides information on the routing and distribution of items, whether priority or not, will rise from 45 to 48 cents. The rates for standard postal parcels sent in France (Colissimo) will increase by 1.6% on 1 January, but parcels weighing less than 250 grams will remain at the same price.
For businesses, the rates for industrial management mail will increase by 3.9% and those for direct marketing by 0.7%, La Poste said.
French households are expected to spend an average of around 39 euros on postal products this year. As the expected fall in mail volumes is greater than the price increase, the bill should be limited to 37 euros in 2021, according to the public group.