Letters and parcels

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 23 Aug 2005, 00:00 (Updated: 01 Sep 2015, 13:31)
Letters and parcels
"Until at least 2007, the Belgian postal service called ""La Poste"" will be the only service provider for individuals wanting to send mail. But to prepare for the forthcoming market liberalisation, this public company has undertaken major steps to modernise its services."

"The most visible part of this is the new system of priority stamps, called Prior. You pay a little more than a normal stamp, but delivery is guaranteed on Belgian soil within 24 hours. Also, the 1,400 post offices throughout the country are offering customers more services and products. On top of traditional stamps and lottery tickets - La Poste sells more than 100,000 each day - desk clerks can also provide gift tokens and book tokens, mobile phone cards, public transport passes, fishing permits and tickets to the main theme parks in Belgium. But La Poste also takes care of sending letters and packages express worldwide. Its Kilopost service means that packages weighing less than 30 kilos can be delivered within Belgium in under four days. If you want to send a package weighing less than 30 kilos abroad, you will need to contact its subsidiary EMS-Taxipost present in 229 countries.This being said, for express delivery services the public company does not hold the monopoly. Several express mail companies are present on the streets of the Capital of Europe and most of the main international companies are also easy to contact from Brussels."

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