Does it cost any extra to post to Northern Ireland from England?

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Found 17th Feb 2011
I live in England and need to post a small packet to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Can anyone tell me if I will have to pay extra or whether regular 1st / 2nd class Royal Mail is adequate?
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Postage costs to Northern Ireland
It can be confusing to understand how postage costs work between mainland UK and Northern Ireland so we’ll take a quick look at what services are on offer and how much they cost.

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Royal Mail in the UK
The first, most obvious question to ask is, ‘Is Northern Ireland in the UK?’ This can cause confusion as it does have its own legislations but yes, it is still part of the UK. So because of this fact, Royal Mail operates in Northern Ireland the same way as it does in mainland UK.

Do Royal Mail charge more to send post to Northern Ireland?
No, it is helpful to know that Royal Mail postage costs from mainland UK to Northern Ireland (and vice versa) are the same prices as if you were to send letters or a parcel elsewhere in the UK. This only applies to Northern Ireland and therefore if you are posting to the Republic of Ireland, these prices aren’t applicable.

How much is it to send a letter or parcel?
Royal Mail 1st Class and 2nd Class prices for their standard service (from March 2018) within the UK are below. For other Royal Mail services see here.

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RM - No. same price.
Courier - Most likely a surcharge.
no change in price for northern ireland
No charge to post to northern ireland. I am feed up with people who charge extra to post to northern ireland. I do not charge extra to post to the mainland
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Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated
have to say it but my post office charges extra to NI & SI ,
vinylandtrinkets

have to say it but my post office charges extra to NI & SI ,

SI Yes. It's not part of the UK.

NI however is part of the UK and there is no surcharge.
hi i work in a post office, and the simple way to work out the postage to any place in ireland is, if it has a postcode, (the same layout as uk, ie, BT12 3AB) then it is normal 1st or 2nd class post etc. if there is no postcode then that place in ireland will b classed as overseas europe postage rate., hope this helps, if still in any doubt use royal mail online postage rates guide.
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vinylandtrinkets

have to say it but my post office charges extra to NI & SI ,



If your post office charges extra for Northern Ireland then i'd report them to Royal Mail for fraud.
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vinylandtrinkets

have to say it but my post office charges extra to NI & SI ,



I think I would be ringing post office counters to complain!
I use other postal services and an item that i can send for £4 for england would cost me £10
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MrPK21

I use other postal services and an item that i can send for £4 for … I use other postal services and an item that i can send for £4 for england would cost me £10



You join to bump an almost 4 year old thread with that comment? Easy solution, don't use other postal services!
Davey369..... His point is valid, and why shouldn't he use other postal services when they're cheaper, better and, unlike Royal Mail, tracked? I normally use MyHermes for parcels under 1kg as they're 46p cheaper than sending with Royal Mail, with full tracking. I have to pass my postage costs on to buyers. On eBay, for low value items, 46p is often the difference between a sale and no sale. I've just been asked to send something to NI. MyHermes charge a lot more to send there, so I'll lose money by sending to NI with Royal Mail!
i have two small packets to send to Northern Ireland, my local post office (in a shop) tried to charge me nearly £10 for each. they told me it was international postage once traveled through the sea, what a rubbish. explained to them, NI comes under mainland U.K postage rate, they didn't believe me. I do ebay a lot, know postage more than those people. I rung the customer service, told me if they have post code, postage will be the same as mainland (also it says on their leaflet). then she gave me a number to ring to complain, so I did. I went back to the post office, told them, still didn't let me send my parcels for second class rate. So now I need to go to the main post office in the town tomorrow morning. waste of time.
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