SwissFrom 2024, sending mail will cost more
Next year, sending a standard A mail letter will cost 1.20 francs and sending a B mail letter 1 franc.
As of January 1, 2024, La Poste will increase its prices: “Sending a standard A Mail letter will cost 1.20 francs (compared to 1.10 francs so far) and a B Mail letter at 1 franc (against 90 cents until now). An Economy package up to 2 kg will cost 8.50 francs (against 7 francs so far) and a Priority package will cost 10.50 francs (against 9 francs so far)”, lists the yellow giant, in a press release. A decision made in agreement with the Price Supervisor (see box).
These tariff measures have become inevitable in view of the “decline in the volume of letters and payments”. The first has fallen by a third over the past ten years and the second has fallen by 15% in 2022 alone. Added to this is the high inflation: “The costs of fuel, energy, transport, material and wages have increased considerably, an increase that the Post Office bears itself this year, ”recalls the Post Office.
“The additional costs generated by the decline in letter volumes and counter transactions, as well as by the increase in prices, are considerable for La Poste. We can no longer continue to assume them all by our own means, which is why these price increases are absolutely necessary for La Poste”, declares the general manager, Roberto Cirillo.
Finally, it should be noted that “the tariff measures do not make it possible to fully compensate for the increase in costs and the reductions to come in the mail sector and in counter operations. As a result, we will have to continue to tighten our belts, ”he continues. In other words, “La Poste will have to gain even more in efficiency, beyond the objective of 300 million francs in savings that it has set”.
La Poste’s requirements curbed
This price increase is, on the whole, “significantly lower” than the series of measures submitted by La Poste. In his newsletter, the Price Monitor explains that he “could considerably slow down the requirements of La Poste”. He indeed estimated that “despite very real cost increases, the tariff and structural measures submitted by La Poste in February 2023 were oversized, amounting overall to 181.7 million francs”. Negotiations reduced tariff increases by approximately $70 million from the amount requested. Swiss Post will therefore bear a substantial share of the cost increases.
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From 2024, sending mail will cost more