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How does the post office calculate charges related to size of parcels?

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ziggy2000    10
ziggy2000

Does anybody know how the post office calculate the postal rates for differing size parcels? Previously they went on weight but now also measure parcels, yet nobody (except the PO computers) seem to know what these charges are?

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Free Soul Styles    10
Free Soul Styles

Try the Post Office Brochure for 1 April 2014 - March 2015

 

http://www.postoffice.co.za/questions/RatesBrochure13.pdf

 

It's a lot to go through but everything you need to know is in there. You can also get the brochure at the post office. It's the closest you will get to all the prices per kilo for parcels, letters, envelopes etc

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NooNooBug    10
NooNooBug

If a parcel falls outside of the Econo Parcel measurements it will have its measurements taken and its Volumetric Mass calculated. You will be charged for either weight (kg - old way) or Volumetric Mass ( length x width x height in cm divided by 5000), the greater of the 2 is what they take. This is how courier services work aswell. If you have a small size heavy parcel it more than likely will be that the weight is greater, however a large parcel of low weight will more than likely be charged as per volumetric mass. So if you post a 500g deep cake tin for example it is less than a kg in weight but too deep for econo and then once they measure & calculated it could equate to a 3kg parcel ! Hope that helps.

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ziggy2000    10
ziggy2000

Hi NooNooBug, thanks, so if I have a parcel that measures say 30cm x40cm x50cm. This equals 60000, divided by 5000 = 12. What does the 12 represent? Sorry if I am sounding dumb but I am trying to figure out the volumetric calculations.

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RISadler    10
RISadler

The 12 represents virtual kilograms ... your example parcel will thus cost R37.20 + R5.00 X 11 = R92.20 (excluding insurance) to post.

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ziggy2000    10
ziggy2000

Oh ok, great, thanks a lot.

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