Rural delivery surcharge for parcels

Our rural delivery bloke called in a few weeks ago to ask if we’d mind if an extra mailbox was added to the row at our gate for the people in the new house up the road.

New Zealand Post had decreed there would be no extensions to the mail routes because of rising costs and our gate would be the nearest existing stop to the new house.

Now the company is increasing all parcel post rates and adding a $2.80 rural delivery charge to cover the cost of petrol.

I can’t argue about cost recovery and user-pays but I wonder if they’ll also increase charges to senders of junk mail?

Without junk mail fewer stops would be required because not everyone gets mail every day, but with junk mail the driver has to stop at all boxes which must add to delivery time and therefore fuel used.

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