Postal charges revised from April
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.