Anyone who wants to send parcels in the future may soon have to dig deeper into their pockets. But not all packages are more expensive. Why are shipping prices increasing?

Sending parcels by post could become more expensive for private individuals in the future.

Because the price of the small 2-kilogram package, which is only available online, will rise to 5.49 euros and will soon cost 50 cents more than before, as Deutsche Post DHL announced. Packsets and plus packets would also become more expensive due to the increased paper costs, it said. On the other hand, the price for the 5-kilogram package has fallen from 7.49 to 6.99 euros. In addition, the online discount when buying package stamps on the Internet will no longer apply.

The company also cited the increased transport, delivery and wage costs as a reason, which made price increases in national and cross-border parcel shipping unavoidable. The company is also turning the price screw internationally – however, only packages destined for the USA are affected, DHL Paket said. For shipments abroad, there is also a price difference between package brands bought online and in branches.

For business customers, such as online retailers, Deutsche Post DHL had already increased its parcel prices at the turn of the year.