Thursday, September 25, 2014

1.4 million households to receive free stamps: SingPost

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Posted by Channel NewsAsia (CNA/es) on 23 Sep 2014, 11:14

The mailing guide (left) and free stamp booklet being distributed by SingPost
PHOTO: The mailing guide (left) and free stamp booklet being distributed by SingPost.
All households will receive a free stamp booklet along with a mailing guide by 1 October 2014.
Picture from pdf by Singapore Post Limited

With postage rates set to increase on Oct 1, SingPost announced that it will distribute about 10 million 1st Local stamps, as well as a guide on how to avoid delays in delivery.

SINGAPORE: Ahead of an increase in postage rates, about 10 million stamps will be given out to around 1.4 million households in Singapore, SingPost announced on Tuesday (Sep 23).

The stamps in the booklet, now being delivered by SingPost’s 1,200 delivery staff, are 1st Local stamps, which take the prevailing postage rate of 30 cents from Oct 1.

SingPost - which revealed that the average Singaporean posts just six letters or cards a year - said it will also distribute free stamps to more than 130 charity homes for the elderly, young, disabled and other residential facilities. Each charity home will receive between 100 and 300 stamp booklets.

SingPost on Sep 2 announced its first hike in postage rates in eight years, citing increased costs. Local postage rates for letters weighing 20g or less will be adjusted upwards by 4 cents to 30 cents from Oct 1, while adjustments to international rates will range from 5 cents to 25 cents, depending on weight and the zones.

On Tuesday, SingPost also announced that all franked mail customers will enjoy a 5 per cent rebate for a year from this October until Sep 30, 2015.

Along with the free stamp booklet, SingPost said it is also distributing a mailing guide, which will feature tips to help customers avoid delays in delivery or non-delivery, through a mailing guide. On a daily basis, about 14,000 letters or packets are not deliverable due to factors such as having an incomplete, incorrect or missing address, or illegible handwriting.

The mailing guide contains information such as the delivery standard for non-letters (three to five working days), as well as mailing and packaging tips such as using good quality packaging materials, and ensuring that the address is correct and complete and with a return address on the back of the envelope etc. The tips can also be found at the SingPost website (

The delivery of stamp booklets and mailing guides to households will be completed by Oct 1, 2014, SingPost said.
Posted by Channel NewsAsia (CNA/es) on 23 Sep 2014, 11:14