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Bonn (dpa) - The letter postage is likely to increase again in January 2022.

The head of Deutsche Post, Frank Appel, made it clear on Thursday that his group would apply for higher postage.

The Federal Network Agency decides on the scope for increasing postage, said Appel at the online general meeting in Bonn.

With a view to the number of letters that have been declining for years, he emphasized: "If you have decreasing volumes, you naturally have increasing costs per shipment."

In addition, Appel pointed out that a standard letter in Germany costs 80 cents - and is thus well below the European average of 1.16 euros.

Postage for letters in Germany has become significantly more expensive over the past ten years.

In 2012, national mailing of a standard letter still cost 55 cents, after which the price rose gradually to 58, 60, 62, 70 and 80 cents.

The last jump for the time being took place in mid-2019. With effect from the turn of the year 21/22, the postage amount will be redefined.

A spokesman for the Federal Network Agency said that the cost documents submitted by the post were already being checked.

A decision will be made in autumn.

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In the Internet age, the need for letters has been falling for a long time, and people are increasingly relying on digital communication.

Nevertheless, the mail business is lucrative for Swiss Post.

Critics complain that the Post is thereby cross-subsidizing its parcel business and thus making competition in the parcel market more difficult.

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