Updated on December 21, 2021
How mail works in different countries of the world
Royal Mail is the postal service of the United Kingdom. Also, it’s the oldest postal service in the world. Until 2013, the UK owned the organization, but it got sold.
In the rating of postal services, Royal Mail consistently ranks among the top 10 postal services on the planet. The company also owns two affiliated specialized organizations (Parcelforce Worldwide and Post Office) dealing with domestic and international correspondence.
Royal Mail processes 60 million letters every day. Regardless of the distance, there is the same tariff within the UK.
Post offices and mail delivery are open 6 days a week.
Shipments outside the UK go to the addressee from 4 to 25 days.
In addition to Royal Mail, many international delivery services (DHL, TNT, DHL, UPS, and others) deal with sending mail and parcels in the UK.
The state postal operator La Poste works both in France and in neighboring Monaco and Andorra.
Mainly, shipments are carried out by rail. You can buy postage stamps in La Poste branches and tobacco kiosks.
Post offices in France are open 6 days a week. Delivery of letters in France takes 2 days, abroad up to 5 days.
In the early 90s, Germany’s state postal operator was privatized. Currently, Deutsche Post AG (a German postal company) is part of the Deutsche Post World Net holding (along with DHL and Postbank).
The holding is engaged in a wide range of tasks, some of which relate directly to postal.
The same tariff applies to all letters sent within Germany and the European Union. About 95% of letters inside Germany reach the addressee within a day.
The German postal service operates 6 days a week.
The state owns Japan’s postal operator. The organization performs the tasks of delivering letters and parcels and also offers financial and insurance services to the public.
In the ratings of world postal services, Japan Post Holdings Co consistently occupies the leading positions.
As a rule, shipments within the country reach the addressee within 1-2 days.
You can come to the Japanese postal service offices with information in electronic form and then convert it and send a letter in paper format.
Most branches in Japan are open only on weekdays. As an exception, selected offices work on weekends.
The state controls all the activities of the Brazil post. Correios do Brazil employs more than 100,000 employees. The company regularly holds leading positions in the ratings of postal services of countries with developing economies.
Letters in Brazil are delivered at most the next day after departure. The post offices are open seven days a week.