Royal Mail provides mail collection and delivery services throughout the UK. Letters are deposited in a post box, taken to a post office, or collected in bulk from businesses.
Royal Mail Services
Universal Service – Royal Mail is required by law to maintain the universal service, whereby items of a specific size can be sent to any location within the United Kingdom for a fixed price, not affected by distance.
Business Services – The Royal Mail runs, alongside its stamped mail services, another sector of post called business mail. The large majority of Royal Mail’s business mail service is for PPI or franked mail, where the sender prints their own ‘stamp’. For PPI mail this involves either a simple rubber stamp and an ink pad, or a printed label. For franked mail, a dedicated franking machine is used.
Prohibited goods – Royal Mail will not carry a number of items which it says could be dangerous for its staff or vehicles. Additionally, a list of ‘restricted’ items can be posted subject to conditions. Prohibited goods include alcoholic, corrosive or flammable liquids or solids, gases, controlled drugs, indecent or offensive materials, and human and animal remains.