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Partial Revision of International Postage Rates

The delivery charges for international mail, paid from the sender's country to the recipient's country, had been set rather low by the UPU convention, considering the circumstances of developing countries. However, an amendment was adopted that allows the charges, especially for small packets, to be increased significantly in order to enable countries like the United States to cover their delivery costs. At Japan Post, we had kept our international postal charges at the same level since revising our postal rates in March 1996. However, to ensure stable international postal service, we decided to revise some international postal charges. Your understanding of this necessity is appreciated.

Revisions 1: Services subject to rate revision

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Revisions 2: Revision of international postal rate zones classification

The U.S., which was previously included in Zone 2, will be changed to the newly established Zone 4.

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Zone 1 Asia
Zone 2 Oceania, North America, Central America, Middle East, Europe
Zone 3 South America, Africa
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Zone 1 Asia
Zone 2 Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe
Zone 3 South America, Africa
Zone 4 The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)*
  • Among the services subject to the rate revision the weight categories will be changed to 100 gram increments, except for small packages delivered by surface mail.
  • All U.S. overseas territories, such as Guam, are now classified in Zone 4.

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New Tariffs

International ePacket

  • International registered mail fee of 410 yen is include.

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

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Zone Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Area Asia Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe South America, Africa The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)
Up to 100g 690 790 820 1,150
Up to 200g 780 910 1,000 1,280
Up to 300g 870 1,030 1,180 1,410
Up to 400g 960 1,150 1,360 1,540
Up to 500g 1,050 1,270 1,540 1,670
Up to 600g 1,140 1,390 1,720 1,800
Up to 700g 1,230 1,510 1,900 1,930
Up to 800g 1,320 1,630 2,080 2,060
Up to 900g 1,410 1,750 2,260 2,190
Up to 1,000g 1,500 1,870 2,440 2,320
Up to 1,100g 1,590 1,990 2,620 2,450
Up to 1,200g 1,680 2,110 2,800 2,580
Up to 1,300g 1,770 2,230 2,980 2,710
Up to 1,400g 1,860 2,350 3,160 2,840
Up to 1,500g 1,950 2,470 3,340 2,970
Up to 1,600g 2,040 2,590 3,520 3,100
Up to 1,700g 2,130 2,710 3,700 3,230
Up to 1,800g 2,220 2,830 3,880 3,360
Up to 1,900g 2,310 2,950 4,060 3,490
Up to 2,000g 2,400 3,070 4,240 3,620

International ePacket Light

  • International acceptance record fee of 370 yen is include.

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

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Zone Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Area Asia Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe South America, Africa The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)
Up to 100g 620 690 720 960
Up to 200g 695 785 840 1,060
Up to 300g 770 880 960 1,160
Up to 400g 845 975 1,080 1,260
Up to 500g 920 1,070 1,200 1,360
Up to 600g 995 1,165 1,320 1,460
Up to 700g 1,070 1,260 1,440 1,560
Up to 800g 1,145 1,355 1,560 1,660
Up to 900g 1,220 1,450 1,680 1,760
Up to 1,000g 1,295 1,545 1,800 1,860
Up to 1,100g 1,370 1,640 1,920 1,960
Up to 1,200g 1,445 1,735 2,040 2,060
Up to 1,300g 1,520 1,830 2,160 2,160
Up to 1,400g 1,595 1,925 2,280 2,260
Up to 1,500g 1,670 2,020 2,400 2,360
Up to 1,600g 1,745 2,115 2,520 2,460
Up to 1,700g 1,820 2,210 2,640 2,560
Up to 1,800g 1,895 2,305 2,760 2,660
Up to 1,900g 1,970 2,400 2,880 2,760
Up to 2,000g 2,045 2,495 3,000 2,860

Small Packets

Air Small Packet

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

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Zone Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Area Asia Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe South America, Africa The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)
Up to 100g 350 480 510 750
Up to 200g 450 600 680 880
Up to 300g 550 720 850 1,010
Up to 400g 650 840 1,020 1,140
Up to 500g 750 960 1,190 1,270
Up to 600g 850 1,080 1,360 1,400
Up to 700g 950 1,200 1,530 1,530
Up to 800g 1,050 1,320 1,700 1,660
Up to 900g 1,150 1,440 1,870 1,790
Up to 1,000g 1,250 1,560 2,040 1,920
Up to 1,100g 1,350 1,680 2,210 2,050
Up to 1,200g 1,450 1,800 2,380 2,180
Up to 1,300g 1,550 1,920 2,550 2,310
Up to 1,400g 1,650 2,040 2,720 2,440
Up to 1,500g 1,750 2,160 2,890 2,570
Up to 1,600g 1,850 2,280 3,060 2,700
Up to 1,700g 1,950 2,400 3,230 2,830
Up to 1,800g 2,050 2,520 3,400 2,960
Up to 1,900g 2,150 2,640 3,570 3,090
Up to 2,000g 2,250 2,760 3,740 3,220

SAL Small Packet

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

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Zone Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Area Asia Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe South America, Africa The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)
Up to 100g 320 440 470 720
Up to 200g 395 530 590 820
Up to 300g 470 620 710 920
Up to 400g 545 710 830 1,020
Up to 500g 620 800 950 1,120
Up to 600g 695 890 1,070 1,220
Up to 700g 770 980 1,190 1,320
Up to 800g 845 1,070 1,310 1,420
Up to 900g 920 1,160 1,430 1,520
Up to 1,000g 995 1,250 1,550 1,620
Up to 1,100g 1,070 1,340 1,670 1,720
Up to 1,200g 1,145 1,430 1,790 1,820
Up to 1,300g 1,220 1,520 1,910 1,920
Up to 1,400g 1,295 1,610 2,030 2,020
Up to 1,500g 1,370 1,700 2,150 2,120
Up to 1,600g 1,445 1,790 2,270 2,220
Up to 1,700g 1,520 1,880 2,390 2,320
Up to 1,800g 1,595 1,970 2,510 2,420
Up to 1,900g 1,670 2,060 2,630 2,520
Up to 2,000g 1,745 2,150 2,750 2,620

Surface Small Packet

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

Weight  
Up to 100g 480
Up to 250g 570
Up to 500g 720
Up to 1,000g 1,010
Up to 2,000g 1,600

D-mail
(Priority bulk airmail<Small Packets>)

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

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Zone Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Area Asia Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe South America, Africa The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)
Up to 100g 280 390 450 690
Up to 200g 355 510 620 820
Up to 300g 430 630 790 950
Up to 400g 505 750 960 1,080
Up to 500g 580 870 1,130 1,210
Up to 600g 655 990 1,300 1,340
Up to 700g 730 1,110 1,470 1,470
Up to 800g 805 1,230 1,640 1,600
Up to 900g 880 1,350 1,810 1,730
Up to 1,000g 955 1,470 1,980 1,860
Up to 1,100g 1,030 1,590 2,150 1,990
Up to 1,200g 1,105 1,710 2,320 2,120
Up to 1,300g 1,180 1,830 2,490 2,250
Up to 1,400g 1,255 1,950 2,660 2,380
Up to 1,500g 1,330 2,070 2,830 2,510
Up to 1,600g 1,405 2,190 3,000 2,640
Up to 1,700g 1,480 2,310 3,170 2,770
Up to 1,800g 1,555 2,430 3,340 2,900
Up to 1,900g 1,630 2,550 3,510 3,030
Up to 2,000g 1,705 2,670 3,680 3,160

P-mail
(Nonpriority bulk airmail<Small Packets>)

Postage Rates from April 1, 2021 (in yen)

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Zone Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Area Asia Oceania, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Europe South America, Africa The United States (including overseas territories like Guam)
charge per
item
250 360 350 525
charge per
100g
40 75 100 80

P-mail charge = (charge per item × total volume) + (charge per 100 g × (total weight ÷ 100 g))

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Press Release of the Partial Revision of International Postage Rates

October 15, 2020 Press Release of the Partial Revision of International Postage Rates (Japanese Version Only)

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FAQ

Why is it necessary to revise international postage rates?

International postage rates include a delivery charge that is paid by the (postal service? postal operator?) of the sender’s country to that of the recipient’s country. Previously, the delivery charge had been set rather low by the UPU, considering the situation of developing countries. However, at the Extraordinary Congress of the UPU in 2019, the convention provision governing the delivery charge was amended with the result that the charge increased significantly. It is necessary to revise some international postage rates so as to properly reflect this increase in the delivery charge paid to other countries.

Which international mail items will be subject to the postage rates revision this time?

The postage rates for small packets (Air, SAL and Surface) and related special rates (International ePacket, International ePacket Light, priority bulk airmail and nonpriority bulk airmail) will be revised.

Why will only the postage rates for small packets be revised?

The postage rates for small packets and related special rates will be revised because only the convention provision that mainly concerns the delivery charge for small packets was amended.

Why was the delivery charge for small packets increased?

Because of the expansion of e-commerce, the volume of small packets and other mail containing goods has increased all over the world. However, in major countries like the United States, the delivery charge determined by the previous convention was not sufficient to cover delivery costs. The convention provision that kept the delivery charge for small packets at a low level, especially for countries like China, had to be amended. As a result, at the Extraordinary Congress of the UPU in 2019, the overall delivery charge for small packets was increased and the convention was amended to allow each country to determine its own delivery charge to cover its delivery costs.

Why is there a large increase in postage rates for lightweight items but a small increase for medium-weight and heavy items?

The delivery charge is calculated on the basis of both the “postage rate per kg” and the “postage rate per item”. The amendment of the convention in 2019 increased the “postage rate per item” significantly, so the rate for lightweight items will increase much more than that for medium-weight or heavy items.

Is there any plan to revise postage rates for other international mail items?

There is no plan to revise the postage rates for other international mail items at this time.
Currently, the delivery charges for ordinary mail items (letters, postcards, printed matter and so on), excluding small packets, are being discussed by the UPU. We are planning to review our postage rates for these items based on the outcome of that discussion.

Why is the United States defined as a new postage rate zone (Zone 4)?

Because the delivery charges of the United States will increase much more than those of other countries. Therefore, we will separate the postage rates for items to the U.S. from the current Zone 2 and define Zone 4 as a new postage rate zone. In addition, the U.S.'s external territories such as Guam and Saipan will have the same delivery charges so these territories will be integrated into Zone 4.

Are any other kinds of international mail items to the U.S. also classified in Zone 4?

All ordinary mail items (letters, postcards, printed matter and so on) are now classified in Zone 4, but the postage rates for these items are the same as those of Zone 2.
The postage rates for EMS and parcels will not change.

When will the postage rates change?

They are scheduled to be changed effective Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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