The following new rates will apply for letters within the Netherlands and internationally as from 1 January 2014:
- Basic rate within the Netherlands: €0.64
- Basic rate for international letters: €1.05
- Basic rate for franking machines within the Netherlands: €0.56
The tariff for the 2013 December stamp will be €0.55. The business rates will also increase.
The basic rate for sending a parcel will not change.
Minister Kamp stated in his letter to the Lower House on 3 June 2013 that he was creating extra tariff headroom in order to make price increases in 2013 and 2014 possible. These price increases have been verified by the Dutch regulator for the postal market, the Autoriteit Consument & Markt.
The Minister wrote that adjustments across the full range of the USO and its rate regulation are necessary in order to safeguard the future of the USO. The USO is loss-making for PostNL because the number of letters being sent has fallen strongly. PostNL itself has implemented a series of rigorous restructuring plans to ensure maximum cost savings.
PostNL is the inventive partner in the world of sending and receiving. We have been so for 200 years already. We are primarily active in the fields of mail, parcels and e-commerce, but we also offer services in the areas of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. Outside the Netherlands, we are active in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxemburg. PostNL employs a total of more than 59,000 people. In 2013 our revenues reached € 4.3 billion.
We like to stay ahead of things. We are the most modern postal company in the world. We are proud of that. As the first listed postal company, we are an example to the rest of the world in automatic letter sorting. And our innovative parcels network is completely adapted to the wishes of web retailers.