Hongkong Post today announced postage rate adjustments – mostly increases – that will be effective from January 1, in a move it said was aimed at better reflecting the underlying costs of postal services. Posting larger letters will become more expensive after the introduction of a three-tier classification system according to size and weight. Letters under 30 grams posted locally are currently charged a standard fee of HK$1.70. Under the new system, the rate for small letters will be unchanged while that for large letters will be HK$2.90 and packets will be HK$4. For parcels posted within the city, the rate for lighter items weighing 9kg or below will see increments. The rate for a 1kg parcel will be raised from HK$55 to HK$60. But fees on heavier items will be reduced by up to 28.6 per cent. For international mail, a third geographical zone will be added to the existing two to reflect the higher costs of mailing to farther countries. DON'T MISS: Hongkong Post reveals special 2016 stamp series Hongkong Post, a self-financing government department, said in a statement that “despite the adjustments, postage rates in Hong Kong will remain fairly low”. Details of the rate changes can be found on the website of the Information Services Department.