MaltaPost

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MaltaPost p.l.c.
Type Postal service
Predecessors Posta Limited
Founded April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16)
Headquarters Marsa, Malta
Area served Malta
Website www.maltapost.com

MaltaPost p.l.c. is the postal service company in Malta. The public limited company took over the postal services previously carried out by Posta Limited, and started operating on May 1, 1998.[1]

History[edit]

MaltaPost p.l.c. was registered with the Malta Registry of Companies as a public limited company on 16 April 1998. It took over from Posta Limited on 1 May of that year. On 31 January 2002, MaltaPost was partially privatized when the government sold 35% to Transend Worldwide Ltd, a subsidiary company of New Zealand Post Ltd. In September 2007 the government sold 25% of its shareholding in MaltaPost to Lombard Bank plc, which effectively became the majority shareholder in the company with 60% shareholding. The other 40% were sold to the public in January 2008.[2]

In 2011 MaltaPost carried out a series of reforms, including adopting a new logo.[3]

Stamps[edit]

A 2002 Malta stamp portraying Emmanuel Vitale.

MaltaPost issued its first stamps on 27 May 1998, and the issue consisted of a set of 4 commemorating the International Year of the Ocean. Less than a year after MaltaPost took over, in early 1999, the German company Bundesdruckerei began printing Maltese stamps instead of the local company Printex Limited. MaltaPost's first definitive was issued between 1999 and 2003, and it showed Maltese flowers. In 2004, Printex began printing Maltese stamps once again. Since then, the number of sets per year has increased and photography began to be used more often on stamps, especially in 2008-2009. Many recent issues are based on paintings (especially watercolours designed by Cedric Galea Pirotta) or photos or graphic designs designed by MaltaPost itself. Many stamps are based on local topics, and English is the predominant language on stamps. MaltaPost takes part in various stamp issuing programmes including EUROPA and SEPAC.

Since 2003 there have been a lot of sets with high values when standard local postage is €0.26, but although these are mainly intended for collectors, higher values are still used on parcels or registered letters since postage labels are not used as often in Malta as in other countries.

Outlets[edit]

Birżebbuġa Branch Post Office
Colonial pillar box in Senglea.
Modern post box in Mellieħa.
MaltaPost Fiat Doblò Mk2 van in St. Julian's.

Postal Hubs[edit]

There are 3 hubs in Malta and 1 in Gozo, each locality in Malta and Gozo is under one of these hubs.

Name Address Locality
Central 1 Hub Qormi Road Marsa
Central 2 Hub Mensija Road San Ġwann
South Hub Our Lady of Sorrows Street Żejtun
Gozo Hub Saint Elizabeth Street Xewkija, Gozo

Post Offices[edit]

A code starting with "R" indicates a Branch Post Office (BPO), and one with "S" indicates a Sub Post Office (SPO). The latter are usually located in shops such as stationers. Currently MaltaPost operates 33 BPOs (including 5 in Gozo) and 27 SPOs (including 2 in Gozo).[4]

Code Address Locality
R01 Qormi Road Marsa
R02 Victory Street Qormi
R03 Dun Ġulju Muscat Street Luqa
R04 Malta International Airport Luqa
R05 Saint Catherine Street Żurrieq
R06 Sciortino Street Żebbuġ
R07 Parish Square Rabat
R08 Main Street Balzan
R09 Valley Road Birkirkara
R10 21 September Avenue Naxxar
R11 Constitution Street Mosta
R12 New Windmill Street Mellieħa
R13 Wax Alley San Pawl il-Baħar
R14 Dolmen Street Buġibba
R15 Naxxar Street San Ġwann
R16 Paceville Street San Ġiljan
R17 Manwel Dimech Street Sliema
R18 Meme' Scicluna Square Gżira
R19 Gwardamanġa Hill Pietà
R20 Ferrovija Street Ħamrun
R21 Castille Square Valletta
R22 Old Bakery Street Valletta
R23 Antoine de Paule Square Paola
R24 Fuq San Pawl Bormla
R25 Convent Street Żabbar
R26 Saint Lucian Street Żejtun
R27 Żarenu Dalli Street Birżebbuġa
R28 Visitation Street Għarb, Gozo
R29 Republic Street Victoria, Gozo
R30 Racecourse Street Xagħra, Gozo
R31 North Street Nadur, Gozo
R32 J. F. de Chambray Street Għajnsielem, Gozo
R33 University Campus Msida
S01 Saint Nicholas Square Siġġiewi
S02 Parish Street Mqabba
S06 Marina Street Marsaskala
S07 Victory Square Birgu
S08 Archbishop Gonzi Square Kalkara
S09 Saint Thomas Street Fgura
S10 Market Square Tarxien
S12 Frenċ Abela Square Dingli
S14 Ġorġ Borg Olivier Street Mellieħa
S15 Kananea Street Attard
S16 Mannarino Street Birkirkara
S17 L. Casolani Street Birkirkara
S20 Saint Bartholomeo Street Għargħur
S21 Feliċ Borġ Street San Ġwann
S22 Ċensu Xerri Street Sliema
S23 Testaferrata Street Ta' Xbiex
S26 Our Lady of Sorrows Street San Lawrenz
S29 Victory Street Birkirkara
S30 Kaħli Street San Pawl il-Baħar
S31 Orvieto Street Kerċem, Gozo
S32 Manoel de Vilhena Street Gżira
S33 Wesgħa Bir Id-Deheb Għaxaq
S35 Marfa Road Mellieħa
S36 Fleur-de-Lys Street Santa Venera
S37 Glormu Cassar Street Mosta
S38 Dun Karm Caruana Street Għasri, Gozo
S39 Imhazen Street Floriana

Other[edit]

There are an additional 431 authorized stamp vendors in Malta and Gozo. Letterboxes are also found in practically every locality.

Postal codes[edit]

Main article: Postal codes in Malta

MaltaPost initially continued to use postal codes as they were in the 1990s. In 2007 they changed the postcodes of all addresses in the Maltese Islands. Each code consist of three letters, that differ by locality, and four numbers, for example MTP 1001 (the postcode of MaltaPost's main complex in Marsa).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Company. MaltaPost p.l.c. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  2. ^ Maltapost privatisation latest red-letter day in postal history. Times of Malta, 21 January 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  3. ^ Maltapost rebrands and offers new service. Times of Malta, 26 March 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ Search Letter Box and Outlets. MaltaPost p.l.c. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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