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New charges planned from 1 January 2001; Standard letter price remains unchanged

Pressemeldung from 09.08.2000

Greater transparency thanks to simpler structure of charges
Austria has cheapest postage rates on average within EU

After more than three years of price stability, Österreichische Post AG is planning to bring the charges for postal services into line with the general cost trend. The price of a standard letter at home and within Europe, which is the most popular element of postal volume, will remain unchanged at seven schillings. At the same time, this price adjustment will be accompanied by the introduction of a simpler structure of charges, providing customers with much greater transparency.

Since the last major adjustment of charges in 1997, the consumer price index has risen by about 4.5 percent. Compared with leading EU economies - Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark - Österreichische Post AG even after this price adjustment remains one of the cheapest postal companies within the EU in virtually all the ranges of services offered.

"In order to continue our course towards becoming a customer- and competition-oriented service company, we plan to introduce a new and transparent system of prices and terms and conditions for letter post. This system will entail price increases but also price reductions for individual weight levels," stressed Österreichische Post AG's Managing Director Dr. Anton Wais. The price reductions and rises will be based on distribution and logistics requirements and especially on the machine readability of letters.

The postal company faced the task of getting ready for privatization and the forthcoming deregulation of the market and of preparing for the expected fierce competition, Dr. Wais continued. This depended on efficient computer systems at the post offices and automation of the sorting offices, enabling faster delivery. For this reason, an extensive modernization programme aimed at an innovative and customer-oriented range of services was being implemented speedily, he concluded.

Contact for further information:
Österreichische Post AG
Company Communication
Press Service
Mr. Michael Homola
Phone: from abroad +43 1 515 51-5217, in Austria (01) 515 51- 5217