National postal service provider Eesti Post, which operates under the Omniva brand, increased the price of mailing letters both domestically and internationally. It also introduced a new express mail option.
Mailing domestic letters, including invitations, postcards, documents and similar, previously cost €0.65 each, but as of May 31, the price of postage for domestic letters increased to €0.90. Eesti Post is promising that domestically mailed letters will reach their recipients within three days.
According to Mari Allese, director of Postal Services at Eesti Post, for consumers, the postage hike will first and foremost mean that they will have to add additional postage to domestic letters.
"In essence it is the same as it was before — you will need to put stamps on your postcard or envelope," Allese said. "And if you have €0.65 stamps at home, then they will remain valid; you'll just have to add €0.25 worth of additional postage."
She noted that the price of postage for international letters went up on May 31 as well — from €1.40 within the EU and €1.50 outside of it to a flat international rate of €1.90.
Eesti Post has also introduced a new domestic express mail service, which costs nearly double the amount of sending a regular letter but will reach its recipient within one business day.
"We are selling special orange envelopes marked express mail, the reverse side of which includes instructions regarding tips for sending such an express letter," Allese explained, adding that the orange envelopes are postage paid.
According to the head of Postal Services, the popularity of mailing letters has remained stable at approximately 2 million letters per year. Of this volume, approximately half of letters are mailed during the Christmas season, and the most popular mailed items include holiday and other greeting cards.
"It is very important to ensure that address details are precise, and that a ZIP code is included," Allese stressed. "That an apartment number is included — that has often been one reason why a letter doesn't reach its destination. And what's especially sad is when the sender hasn't included a return address either, which means we have nowhere to return it."
Editor: Aili Vahtla