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Help - posting a letter to Poland from the UK.


LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
14 Jul 2008 /  #1
OK, my local post office has recently closed down, and I don't fancy a schlep down to the post office that's about a 20 min walk away.

I need to post an A4 sized envelope containing a 20 page magazine and two birthday cards (average sized, not made of lead or anything like that) to Poland. I don't have any scales so no idea what this weighs...do you reckon that 4 first class stamps will cover this?

Sorry, I know that its a bit of a how long is a piece of string type question, but figure that some of you guys might be able to help me.
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,104  
14 Jul 2008 /  #2
LC - I think you'll still need to have it weighed for Airmail but I can't remember for sure. It seems light so it would probably be less than 4 1st class stamps!

Check royalmail.com for more info. :)
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
14 Jul 2008 /  #3
Cheers m' dear... I guess it should be ok as long as its under 100g, then I'm fine....

<runs around trying to find bags of rice and pasta to make comparisons :D>
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,104  
14 Jul 2008 /  #4
No problem :)

Weigh it on your kitchen scales :)
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
14 Jul 2008 /  #5
Weigh it on your kitchen scales :)

'fraid I don't have any :(
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
14 Jul 2008 /  #6
yeah it has to be airmail and they have to weigh it for you, so i'm afraid the post office is a must! btw, i didn't think you could use 1st class stamps to post stuff abroad...
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jul 2008 /  #7
I think you'll still need to have it weighed for Airmail

They have to make sure it doesn't weigh the plane down too much for it to get off the runway.
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
14 Jul 2008 /  #8
yeah it has to be airmail and they have to weigh it for you, so i'm afraid the post office is a must! btw, i didn't think you could use 1st class stamps to post stuff abroad...

<groan>

but thanks anyway :)
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
14 Jul 2008 /  #9
just trying to help you keep fit luv lol
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
14 Jul 2008 /  #10
Still aching after circuit training class yesterday :(
postie 7 | 112  
14 Jul 2008 /  #11
Hey... they dont call me postie for nowt!

As said above, you're going to have to go down to the PO to sort this one out.

The alternative is, you can guess and get it wrong. It'll be returned to you as being underpaid.

(always.. ALWAYS.. use a return address.. especially for International mail. )

But... if you are posting magazines abroad.. ask for "Book Rate" .. it should get you a discount. Or "Paper" rate. .... (yeah, I know you are sneaking some birthday cards in... just don't tell them.. and FFS dont include any real money in them!)

But do include your return address.

Hope that helps.

If any one is returning home to Poland, and wants to get a shedload of non valuable gear back very cheaply, I can help there too... I used to get some Japanese mates stuff home, first class post , for 1/10th the cost of posting it by normal mail. Just by knowing the rules.... ;)

OK, just gone away and looked it up... because things have changed while I haven't been a postman.....

But if you go to royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?mediaId=53800712&catId=400036

Or..

royalmail.com >>>> delivery services >>> overseas>>>>prices (prices is left hand column)

Then you get the matrix of costs... look at the right hand column, after "Europe" and "rest of World" and you see "Printed Papers"

I don't know what you are sending... but.. ;)

Everything to Europe below 80g is £1.07 .. at Printed Paper rate.

It's hard to describe the tariff... but, you are better sending it PP rate... if it is over 80g. ;)

Weirdly.. you can send something at "letter rate" and it will cost you more than at "paper rate" over 80g.

And it ALL goes on the same plane out... there's no real reduction in service!
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
15 Jul 2008 /  #12
Wow - the PF postie... who'd have thought...

Thanks a lot :))

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