Österreichische Post AG applies for new rates

Pressemeldung from 27.12.2002

First change of standard rates since 1997 - adjustment to international price levels
Change in postage rates required to maintain universal service

Today, Friday 27 December 2003, Österreichische Post AG applied for the following rate changes with the regulatory authority at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology:

 Standard rate domestic letter items  € 0.55  currently: € 0.51
 Domestic letter items up to 50g  € 0.75  currently: € 0.58
 Domestic letter items up to 100g  € 1.00  currently: € 0.87

At € 0.55, the standard rate in Austria - once approved by the regulatory authority - will correspond to that charged by Deutsche Post.
The decline in sales by Österreichische Post AG, which is due above all to the substitution of classic postal products with new technologies, has led to increased unit costs and made an increase of standard rates necessary, both from a business point of view and in order to safeguard the provisioning of universal service. The last time the standard rate for domestic letter items was increased was six years ago. The new rate system is designed to adapt Austrian rates to a cost-oriented international level. While the rates for domestic letters in Austria have risen by an average 4 percent from 1998 to 2003, the consumer price index has increased by almost 9 percent over the same period.

Österreichische Post AG has also applied for new general terms of bussiness for info mail with personal address.

The Austrian Postal Services Act provides that the so-called reserved service (for letters up to 100g, as of January 2003) shall be approved by the regulatory authority and that notification shall be given of all services falling under the scope of universal service (letters up to 2kg and parcel up to 20kg). If approved, the rates for the reserved service will enter into force as of 1 June 2003.


Domestic letter items - non-reserved
Regardless of the approval of rates for the reserved service, the following rate changes will take effect for domestic letter items as of 1 May 2003:

  Domestic letter items up to 350g  € 1.25   currently: € 1.38
  Domestic letter items up to 500g  € 1.75  currently: € 1.60
  Domestic letter items up to 1,000g  € 2.75  currently: € 2.47
  Domestic letter items up to 2.000g  € 3.75  currently: € 3.27

The rate level for domestic letters up to 150g will be omitted, as, in line with the liberalization measures taken in 2003, the rate level up to 100g will be newly introduced.

New rates proposed by Österreichische Post match European average
With the planned rate model, Österreichische Post AG is well within the average European rate levels. The scheduled rate of € 0.55 for a standard letter corresponds to that charged by Deutsche Post. In Switzerland and Italy, the rate for this service is, at € 0.62, significantly higher, and overall, the rates for domestic letters in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy are above those charged by Österreichische Post AG. At the higher weight levels for domestic letters, Österreichische Post AG continues to be one of the best-priced European postal services even after May 2003. For a letter weighing up to 2000 g, which will cost € 3.75 in Austria as of 1 May 2003, you would have to pay, for instance, € 10.7 in Great Britain or € 8.06 in Italy.

International letter items
To ensure end-to-end machine processability, the maximum dimensions for standard rate items will be redefined at 235x120mm (currently: 235x162mm). As of 1 May 2003, the following rate changes will enter into force:

 Europe Priority        
 Standard     € 0.55   currently: € 0.51
 up to 50g     € 1.10   currently: € 1.02
 up to 100g     € 2.00   currently: € 1.53
 up to 350g     € 6.00   currently: € 4.80
 up to 500g     € 8.00   currently: € 7.27
 up to 1,000g     € 11.00  currently: € 10.90
 up to 2,000g     € 18.00  currently: € 18.17

 

 Europe Economy    
 Standard  -
 up to 50g     € 1.00   currently: € 0.73
 up to 100g     € 1.50   currently: € 1.09
 up to 350g     € 3.50   currently: € 2.54
 up to 500g     € 5.50   currently: € 4.36 
 up to 1,000g      € 7.50   currently: € 5.81
 up to 2,000g      € 12.50  currently: € 10.17

 

 World Priority           
 Standard     € 1.25   currently: € 1.09
 up to 50g     € 1.75   currently: € 1.45
 up to 100g     € 3.75   currently: € 2.91
 up to 350g     € 6.75   currently:  € 5.81
 up to 500g     € 10.75  currently:  € 9.45
 up to 1,000g     € 18.75  currently: € 16.71
 up to 2,000g     € 33.75  currently: € 32.70


 World Economy       
 Standard     -  -
 up to 50g     € 1.25   currently: € 1.02
 up to 100g     € 2.25   currently: € 1.53
 up to 350g     € 5.25   currently:  € 4.80
 up to 500g     € 6.25   currently:  € 7.27
 up to 1,000g     € 11.25  currently: € 10.90
 up to 2,000g     € 18.25  currently: € 18.17


Other services
As of 1 May 2003, the rates for the following other services will change:

 Registered mail  € 2.10       currently: € 2.03
 Valuable (letter) in excess of € 1,500    € 36.00  currently: € 36.34
 Personal delivery     € 2.10   currently: € 2.03
 Return receipt       € 2.10    currently: € 2.03
 C.O.D. cash       € 3.60    currently: € 3.63
 C.O.D. remittance to bank account    € 2.60    currently: € 2.54
 Collection fee response mail     € 0.10    currently: € 0.07
 Collection fee other mail     € 0.50    currently: € 0.51
 Postal authorization      € 15.00   currently: € 8.14
 Reforwarding to holiday resort    € 4.10    currently: € 4.07
 Reforwarding Business      € 8.10    currently: € 8.14
 Investigation charge      € 4.00    currently: € 3.63
 “Poste restante”      € 1.00    currently: free of charge



The rates for P.O. boxes and boxes for leave periods will be adjusted as follows:

 P.O. Box Privat                        € 7.25         currently:   € 7.27
 P.O. Box Privat Plus    € 14.50   currently: € 14.53
 P.O. Box Business    € 18.00   currently: € 18.17
 P.O. Box Business Plus    € 25.25   currently: € 25.44
 P.O. Box for leave periods   € 14.50   currently: € 14.53


Parcels

As of 1 May 2003, the rates for domestic parcels will changes as follows:

 up to 2kg                                 € 3.70       currently:   € 3.56
 up to 4kg     € 4.70    currently:   € 4.36
 up to 8kg     € 5.70     currently:   € 5.45
 up to 12kg     € 7.00    currently:   € 6.90
 up to 20kg     € 9.00    currently:   € 9.08
 up to 31.5kg     € 12    currently: € 12.72


Depending on the zone in the respective country of destination, there will also be rate changes for international parcels. The same applies to other parcel services.


For more information please contact:

Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
E-Mail: michael.homola@post.at
Vienna, 27 December 2002