mail sizes

defined by royal mail postal formats

Handling Charges,  and your forwarding options,  are based upon the Royal Mail's postal size and weight formats below.

Something to consider:   Although classed as a 'Letter' for the purpose of calculating our handling charge and to save you money on delivery,  this same letter may incur 'Large Letter' Royal Mail postage when forwarded as a single item because the tamper-proof envelope in which it is sent adds to the overall size.   This is rarely important,  of course,  because we almost always forward several letters in the same postal bag.

a letter is... a letter!

To be classed as a Letter,  an item must be under 100gm in weight,  no larger than 24cm x 16.5cm and less than 5mm in thickness.

UK letter size illustration
when is it a large letter?

The next step up,  with a maximum size of 35.3cm x 25cm and up to 2.5cm,  (1 inch)  thick is the Large Letter format.

A Large Letter can weigh as much as 750gm and might contain things like A4 documents,  cased DVDs or magazines.

UK large letter size boat mail by canalpost
. . .or a parcel?

The Small Parcel format,  weighing up to 2Kg and with a maximum size of 45cm x 35cm x 16cm,  can be carried by Royal Mail 1st Class post,  just like the two letter formats.

You can,  however,  use your mailbox for items up to 20Kg in weight and as large as 61cm x 46cm x 46cm  (the Royal Mail's Medium Parcel limits)  at no extra charge.

Canalpost parcel size and weight limit for forwarding your boat's mail