International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry


  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks

How to use this service

You can post your International Economy items online and book a collection from your door. We can even bring your label too!

Alternatively, you can choose to print and apply your own label or opt to drop your International Economy items off at a Post Office or at a Parcel Postbox near you.

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If you prefer, you can buy postage at a Post Office branch.

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Letters (available outside Europe only)    
Weight up to and including Post Office price Online price
100g £2.20 £2.20


Large Letters    
Weight up to and including Post Office price Online price
100g £3.50 £3.50
250g £5.85 £5.85
500g £6.60 £6.60
750g £7.75 £7.75


Small Parcels and Printed Papers*    
Weight up to and including Post Office price Online prices
100g £7.45 £7.45
250g £7.45 £7.45
500g £10.35 £10.35
750g £11.65 £11.65
1kg £13.00 £13.00
1.25kg £14.30 £14.30
1.5kg £14.30 £14.30
2kg £16.20 £16.20
Printed papers only*    
Each additional 250g or
part thereof up to 5kg add
£1.80 £1.80


VAT is payable at the zero rate for EU and ROW destinations.
Includes compensation up to £20.
*Only books up to 5kg can be sent to the Republic of Ireland.
Maximum weight for Printed Papers is 2kg to Canada and Cambodia.

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Max 100g |
Max L 24cm
x W 16.5cm
x D 0.5cm

e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards


Large Letter

Max 750g |
Max L 35.3cm
x W 25cm
x D 2.5cm

E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs



Max 2kg |
Max L 60cm
x W *
x D *

*L+D+W must be under 90cm


Tubes and Rolls

Max 2kg |
Max L 90cm
x W *
x D *

The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm


L=Length, W=Width, D=Depth

Letters may be sent by Economy outside Europe only

You can send printed papers up to 5kg

‘Printed papers’ is bound printed matter such as books or magazines. Your package should be marked ‘PRINTED PAPERS’ on the front

For sending to Ireland, only books can be classed as 'printed papers'

Maximum weight for sending printed papers to Canada and Cambodia is 2kg

It is your responsibility to check that whatever you are sending is permitted in the post.

You must check both:

If you’re sending to a country outside the EU, you need to apply a customs declaration form to your package. They’re available online or in a Post Office® branch.

  • For items with a value up to £270, you will need customs form CN22pdf, 394.05 KB.
  • For items with a value over £270, you will need customs form CN23pdf, 227.98 KB and clear plastic wallet SP 126, also available at any Post Office® branch.

Help with customs and sending items outside the EU

For more information about our non-contract terms and conditions please visit here.

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