GHANA POST Company Limited has reviewed its rates upwards effective Wednesday February 7, 2007.
The company's objective for reviewing its charges was to meet high operational costs and improve quality of service to its customers, a statement signed and issued in Accra by the company's general manager, corporate communications, K.A. Otuo-Acheampong has said.
The review would help the company to effectively and efficiently meet the universal service obligation as a national operator.
“It is the hope of the company that the review would enable it to provide some realistic cost leverage in its operations with regard to astronomical hikes in the global fuel prices which have increased cost in airline conveyance, local distribution and other service inputs.”
The approved rates and charges are as follows: all inland letters weighing 20g would now cost ¢4,000 instead of ¢2000, while an additional 10gm would cost ¢500.
The cost of a post card (inland and overseas), has been increased to ¢4,000 from ¢2000, while air letter cards (aerogramme) costs ¢4000 instead of ¢2000.
Similarly, the rate of airmail letter weighing 10g and upwards, to the various continents, is as follows: Africa - ¢7,300, Europe - ¢7,500.
Letters to the US have been increased from ¢5,000 to ¢9000, while those going to the Far-East costs ¢10,000 instead of ¢6000.
Handling charges for packets and parcels are now priced between ¢10,000 and ¢15,000.
The statement said it was Ghana Post's obligation to provide universal services at affordable and uniform rates and charges to every part of the country, but due to poor road infrastructure, low mail volumes and far apart distances between towns, universal service delivery has become very expensive in Ghana.