Mailing a letter in Czechia will cost more next year

Rates are going up again at the start of February, following a hike that just took place at the start of November.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 25.11.2022 10:52:00 (updated on 25.11.2022) Reading time: 2 minutes

The cost of mailing a letter in Czechia will increase next year. The Czech Post Office (Česká pošta) is raising the rates as of Feb. 1, 2023.

Sending a standard letter weighing up to 50 grams will go up to CZK 23 from the current CZK 21. Priority delivery will rise to CZK 30 from CZK 28. Prices for registered mail and other services will also increase, according to a new list posted on the Czech Post website.

Prices are also going up for people who use a Česká pošta discount card, while remaining less than the regular rates. The complete list can be found on the Česká pošta website.

Planned increases come after recent price hikes

The increase follows on a similar hike that took effect at the start of this November. The hikes are due to rising energy and fuel costs, according to ČTK. Česká pošta did not release any statement about the increases. The financial news website Penize.cz discovered the new price list on the Česká pošta website and was the first to report on it.

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The price of a basic registered letter will start at CZK 62 instead of the previous CZK 52, while a priority registered letter goes up to CZK 69.

The price of valuable writing (cenné psaní), which uses special packaging and carries insurance up to CZK 1 million, will increase to CZK 67 from CZK 57.

The prices of parcel services, including Balíkovna, will not change. On Nov. 1, the parcel service fees went up by CZK 10 to CZK 75 and rose to CZK 94 for packages with cash on delivery.

Specialized services to cost more

Money orders will become more expensive in all cases by CZK 3. From February, the basic price for sending an amount up to CZK 5,000 will increase to CZK 52 for a type A money order, to CZK 45 for a type B money order, and to CZK 61 for a type C money order.

The price for the Postcard online (Pohlednice Online) service, which offers printing and delivery of photos sent electronically, will also increase by CZK 2. The basic price for delivery to an address in the Czech Republic will now be CZK 35.

The price for a SIPO cash transfer will also rise from the current CZK 25 to CZK 28 from January. The SIPO is used to pay utility bills, make insurance payments, and to transfer money to other businesses that have a contract with the post office.

As of January next year, the price of sending a postal data message via a data mailbox will increase from the current CZK 5 to CZK 10.

Česká pošta has been losing money for many years. Last year, it cut its loss by half to CZK 681 million. In the previous year, it reported a loss of CZK 1.37 billion. Operating revenues increased by CZK 400 million to CZK 19.55 billion. The state-owned enterprise operates 3,200 branches and employs 25,000 people.

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