Postal charges re­vised from April

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With in­crease in the cost due to in­fla­tion, the postal charges for in­ter­na­tional, do­mes­tic and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries has been re­vised.

Postal op­er­a­tion di­vi­sion’s se­nior manager, Jigme Ten­zin said, the rates for neigh­bor­ing coun­tries like, In­dia, Bangladesh and Nepal which was re­vised in 2005, do­mes­tic rate in 2006 and in­ter­na­tional postal rates in 2010, had to be re­vised with ef­fect from April this year, ow­ing to the in­crease in in­fla­tion in the mar­ket.

With the re­vised rate, a let­ter weigh­ing up to 20g will now cost Nu. 30 for in­ter­na­tional coun­tries and those weigh­ing above 100g to 200g will be charged Nu. 1260.

Like wise, printed pa­pers and small packets weigh­ing up to 100g will now cost Nu.50 and weigh­ing above 1000g and up to 2000g will cost Nu.600 for in­ter­na­tional coun­tries.

The rates also de­pends on the weight of the item.

For those who want to al­ter the postal ad­dress or with­drawal from post will be charged Nu.100 and redi­rect­ing of parcels will cost half the pre­paid postage charge.

For neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, the rate for send­ing let­ters weigh­ing up to 20g will be Nu.25 and Nu.100 will be charged for al­ter­ing the ad­dress or with­drawal.

The do­mes­tic rates for let­ters weigh­ing up to 20g or part thereof till 100g will be charged Nu.20. Ad­di­tional Nu.15 will be charged for ev­ery ad­di­tional of 100g there­after.

There will be no ceil­ing limit on do­mes­tic fax money or­der ser­vices.

Jigme Ten­zin said the of­fice ex­pects to meet the cost for pro­vid­ing th­ese ba­sic ser­vices to the public from the re­vi­sion.

He said, the in­crease is based on cost and the guide­line of Uni­ver­sal Postal Union and as such there is no uni­form per­cent­age. Fuel cost per litre has in­creased by 119% from 2005 to 2013. Cost of mail trans­porta­tion had in­creased by 1834%, cost of sta­tionery had in­creased by 151% and an­nual in­fla­tion had in­creased by 63% for the same pe­riod, said Jigme Ten­zin.

While there is no guide­line spec­i­fy­ing the fre­quency, the ba­sis of rate re­vi­sion is that the postage rate should cover all the cost of pro­vid­ing the ser­vice at any given point of time. Uni­ver­sal Postal Union al­lows the des­ig­nated op­er­a­tors to re­vise twice in a year.

Bhutan Post re­ceived a sub­sidy of Nu. 2.5 mil­lion per an­num for three years from 2007 for gewog mail de­liv­ery. It also re­ceives 15% com­mis­sion on rev­enue and from the ju­di­cial stamps sale.

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