SingPost offers cheaper postage rates to send Chinese New Year greeting cards

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·3 min read
Singapore Post (Photo: Reuters/Thomas White)
Singapore Post (Photo: Reuters/Thomas White)

SINGAPORE — SingPost will be offering discounted postage rates leading up to the Chinese New Year for the sending of greeting cards within Singapore and to overseas addresses.

It said in a media release on Wednesday (6 January) that the rates will apply for all stamped and franked greeting cards posted between 22 January and 13 February.

Postage rates for non-standard size greeting cards sent to a local address is 30 cents (weighing up to 20 grams) and 37 cents (up to 40 grams), reduced from the regular postage rate of 60 cents.

For greeting cards sent overseas, customers will be charged either 70 cents or 80 cents, depending on the weight and destination, saving up to 62 per cent off regular postage rates.

INFO: SingPost
INFO: SingPost

Customers can purchase stamps for their greeting cards at all post offices, Philatelic stores, SAM kiosks, postal agents and stamp vendors located island-wide.

Airmail services to UK suspended since 30 Dec

Meanwhile, Yahoo News Singapore understands that airmail services from Singapore to the United Kingdom will likely resume on Thursday, after they were stopped since 30 December due to the suspension of flights to the UK.

Airlines have gradually resumed service since the start of the week, but SingPost’s Speedpost Priority service remains unavailable until further notice, said its spokesperson.

There are two services not affected by the flight suspension: Speedpost Express, which is fulfilled by a third-party courier service with dedicated air transport network, and Speedpost Economy, which is SingPost’s low-cost option by sea freight.

Even if services should resume, SingPost said that customers should note that delays may be expected due to capacity constraints and local conditions in the UK.

Stamps welcoming Year of the Ox on sale on Friday

SingPost will also be launching a set of stamps to welcome the Year of the Ox. The stamps, part of a new collection of SingPost’s Zodiac stamp series launched last year. will go on sale from Friday.

First Day Cover of SingPost stamp set for Year of the Ox (SOURCE: SingPost)
First Day Cover of SingPost stamp set for Year of the Ox (SOURCE: SingPost)

The set features two graphical illustrations of the ox, the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, drawn by Lim An-Ling, the designer behind the 2019 Singapore Bicentennial stamp sets.

The set of mint stamps comes in two denominations: 1st Local (30 cents) and $1.40. The Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with the complete set of stamps and cancelled with a special Zodiac Ox postmark will be sold at $3.10. The Presentation Pack containing both stamps is priced at $4.15.

Postage labels bought at select SAM kiosks at the General Post Office will feature a limited-run Chinese New Year design from Friday.

SingPost will also be producing a special Collector’s Sheet with a commemorative $10 stamp. Priced at $18.80, the Collector’s Sheet will be sold in a folder along with a set of eight red packets.

Other gifts available include a specially designed diagonal decorative stamp encased in a gold-edged frame, as well as a series of MyStamp ox-themed products. All ox-themed stamps and gift products will be available all post offices, philatelic stores and counters, as well as online.

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