A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Palestinian Tariff 2012

The following tables list the main postal charges currently in force in the West Bank, effective from 1.05.2012. Previous rates are shown seperately: 1994–2000, 2000–2004, and 2004–2012 (still in force in the Gaza Strip). There are major changes between the current tariff and the previous ones. All information is based on the document "Ministerial decision No. 39/2012" dated 10.04.2012 as provided by Palestinian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Only the main charges are listed below, for bulk mail, printed matter, telegrams, fax, mail for the blind (cécogramme) and other miscellaneous charges, please confer the original document.

The main changes include rises of over 30% or more (standard inland letter: 33%, inland postcard: 67%, inland registration 20%, standard airmail letter to Europe: 40%, international registration: 35%), removal of the special tariff for Israel, reduction of some weight bands and removal of the "direct" charges. It should be noted that Israel does still not allow direct mail transfers and all mail (including the inland mail travelling between Westbank and Gaza) is forced to go through Israel where it is subjected to censorship and delays. Previous tariffs listed "direct" charges and stated "service method direct applies now for Arab countries only", but this was never actually applied.

Note that the Palestinian currency 1 Dinar = 1,000 Fils is a virtual currency only: notes and coins used in Palestine are Israeli Shekel (NIS) with 1 NIS = 100 Agorot. The Palestinian Dinar is pegged to the Israeli Shekel: 1 Dinar (1,000 Fils) = 6 NIS. The rate against international currencies varies from day to day of course, roughly 1 Dinar equals 1.20€.

 

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Inland

Item Fils NIS comments
Ordinary Letter (upto 20g) 200 1.20 Dimensions:
maximum length+width+thickness <900mm, with length max. 600mm;
minumum: 140x90mm
 •  20–50g 300 1.80
 •  50–100g 400 2.40
 •  100–250g 500 3.00
 •  250–500g 600 3.60
 •  500–1000g 800 4.80
 •  1000–2000g 1,000 6.00 maximum weight is 2kg
Postcard 250 1.50 Dimensions:
max. 148x105mm, min. 140x90mm
Aerogramme (Airletter Sheet) 250 1.50 Dimensions:
max. 220x115mm, min. 140x90mm
Small Packet (upto 100g) 360 2.16
 •  100–500g 600 3.60
 •  500–1000g 840 5.04
 •  1000–2000g 1,200 7.20 maximum weight is 2kg
Parcel (upto 2000g) 1,800 10.80
 •  2000–20000g 3,000 18.00 maximum weight is 20kg
Registration 720 4.32
Advice of Delivery 480 2.88
Inquiry 780 4.68
Express 2,040 12.24
PO Box Rental (1 year) 20,000 120.00 initial set-up fee: 6,600 (39.60)
 •  6 months 13,334 80.00
Blank FDC 500 3.00
Stamp album (2 pages) 1,667 10.00
 •  4 pages 2,500 15.00

International Postcard or Aerogramme

Item via Israel comments
Airmail Postcard not listed
Surface Postcard not listed
Aerogramme (Airletter Sheet) not listed

International: Additional Services

Item via Israel comments
International Registration 1,080 6.48
International Advice of Delivery 480 2.88
International Inquiry 1,380 8.28
International Express Delivery 1,700 10.20
International Reply Coupon 1,380 8.28 redemption value: 600 (3.60)

International Surface Letter (incl. Printed Matter & Small Packets)

weight via Israel comments
upto 20g 360 2.16
20–50g 480 2.88
50–100g 600 3.60
100–250g 1,260 7.56
250–500g 2,220 13.32
500–1000g 3,360 20.16
1000–2000g 3,960 23.76
each add. 1000g 2,400 14.40 for printed papers only

International Airmail Letter: Arab countries, Europe, Iran

weight via Israel comments
upto 20g 420 2.52
20–50g 600 3.60
50–100g 1,080 6.48
100–250g 1,860 11.16
250–500g 4,080 24.48
500–1000g 6,660 39.60
1000–2000g 10,200 61.20

International Airmail Letter: Asia, US, Mexico, Africa

weight via Israel comments
upto 20g 480 2.88
20–50g 840 5.04
50–100g 1,380 8.28
100–250g 2,400 14.40
250–500g 5,220 31.32
500–1000g 7,620 45.72
1000–2000g 13,020 78.12

International Airmail Letter: South America, Australia

weight via Israel comments
upto 20g 600 3.60
20–50g 960 5.76
50–100g 1,740 10.44
100–250g 2,880 17.28
250–500g 6,300 37.80
500–1000g 10,260 61.56
1000–2000g 16,620 99.72

International Surface Parcel

weight via Israel comments
Arab countries, Europe, Iran (upto 2000g) 9,600 57.60
 •  each add. 1000g 600 3.60
Asia, US, Mexico, Africa (upto 2000g) 10,800 64.80
 •  each add. 1000g 900 5.40
South America, Australia (upto 2000g) 13,200 79.20
 •  each add. 1000g 1,440 8.64

International Airmail Parcel

weight via Israel comments
Arab countries, Europe, Iran (upto 2000g) 9,900 59.40
 •  each add. 1000g 2,520 15.12 maximum weight is 20kg
Asia, US, Mexico, Africa (upto 2000g) 9,000 54.00
 •  each add. 1000g 3,600 21.60 maximum weight is 20kg
South America, Australia (upto 2000g) 14,700 88.20
 •  each add. 1000g 4,500 27.00 maximum weight is 20kg

International Special Express Delivery (EMS)

weight via Israel comments
Arab countries, Europe, Iran (upto 500g) 16,50 99.00
 •  upto 1000g 18,900 113.40
 •  each add. 1000g 3,600 21.60 maximum weight is 20kg
Asia, US, Mexico, Africa (upto 500g) 17,400 104.40
 •  upto 1000g 17,700 106.20
 •  each add. 1000g 2,400 14.40 maximum weight is 20kg
South America, Australia (upto 500g) 16,800 100.80
 •  upto 1000g 19,500 117.00
 •  each add. 1000g 4,800 28.80 maximum weight is 20kg

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