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Rural businesses charged more for postage

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern for rural businesses in Scotland after a report showed they pay additional postage costs.

The report, issued by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that additional charges are added based on geographic location.

“Businesses in rural areas such as Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale are already facing challenges through their location, without having unreasonable extra charges thrust upon them. I wholly support this CAS report...and call on these companies involved to also take note of and meet its recommendations.”

– David Mundell, MP

The report found that:

  • Almost nine out of ten businesses regularly faced an additional surcharge for delivery due to their geographic location
  • 76%, a total of more than 15,000, felt the costs of ordering items online had a ‘substantial impact’ on their business
  • 80% of respondents regularly encountered that surcharges were imposed, due to their location, on orders that stated 'free delivery'

MP criticises high postal charges

The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern after a recent report showed high delivery charges to rural businesses in Scotland.

David Mundell MP is concerned for small businesses within his constituency Credit: David Mundell MP

David Mundell MP said the report, published by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that rural businesses had additional postal charges applied to their orders, even when 'free delivery' is advertised.

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