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We will be reversing the temporary VAT rate reduction as planned on January 1, 2021.

Effective January 1, 2021, we will reverse the temporary VAT rate reduction introduced as part of the German government's stimulus package for the period July 1 to December 31, 2020. 

Products and services subject to value added tax will revert to their previous tax rate of 19% or 7% for the reduced rate, as planned.

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Many of our products – such as individual letter mail items and parcels without additional services up to 10 kg – are exempt from VAT because they fall under the category of universal postal services*. Prices for these products therefore remain unaffected by the change in VAT.

More on products and prices:

Products with adjusted prices due to the VAT reduction – such as P.O. box, redirection and storage services, envelopes for “Plusbrief”, Packsets, and certain parcel and Express items – will be listed with their new prices in all price lists and in the Deutsche Post online shop. The new prices apply effective January 1, 2021, from which time they can be viewed in the online versions of “Leistungen und Preise” (services and prices) on our websites.

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* Universal postal services are intended to cover the basic postal needs of the general public. The EU VAT Directive states that universal postal service products must be exempt from VAT, and this is reflected in Germany’s Value-Added Tax Act (UStG).
A full list of all current prices can be found here