List of postal entities

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This is a list of postal entities by country. It includes:

  • The governmental authority responsible for postal matters.
  • The regulatory authority for the postal sector. Postal regulation may include the establishment of postal policies, postal rates, postal services offered, budgeting for and financing postal operations. Where no independent postal regulator has been established, these tasks may be undertaken by the government or the operator(s). They may be carried out by a single entity or spread out amongst multiple government, quasi-government or private entities.[1]
  • The designated postal operator of that country (normally the public postal service). Notable postal operators other than the designated operator, if any, may also be listed. Postal operations involve the execution of domestic and international postal services to include the receipt, transportation and delivery of authorized classes of mail, specialized mailing services, the operation of postal facilities and the sale of postage, philatelic materials and mailing supplies.


UPU members[edit]

The following list uses the structure and terminology of the document Status and structures of postal entities in the UPU member countries. This document, published in 2009 by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), contains data for 162 of the 191 countries and territories that were then UPU members. For these countries, which are marked below, the list's contents are based on that document.

Since this document was published, the UPU has had two changes of membership:

Country Governmental authority Regulatory authority Designated operator
 Afghanistan[2009] Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies None Afghanistan Postal Service
 Albania Posta Shqiptare[2]
 Algeria Ministère de la Poste et des TIC[2] Algérie Poste[2]
 Angola[2009] Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies Instituto Angolano das Comunicações (INACOM) Empresa Nacional de Correios e Telégrafos de Angola (ENCTA)
 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Post Office
 Argentina[2009] Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services (MinPlan) Communications Secretariat (SeCom) of MinPlan Correo Oficial de la República Argentina S.A. (CORASA)
 Armenia[2009] Ministry of Transport and Communication, State Estate Managing Department Public Services Regulatory Commission "Haypost" CJSC
 Aruba[N 1]
 Australia[2009] Department of Communications Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Postal Services Consultative Council Australia Post
 Austria[2009] Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology RTR GmbH Österreichische Post AG
 Azerbaijan[2009] Ministry of Communications and Information Technology None "Az?rpoçt" State Enterprise
 Bahamas[2009] Ministry of Public Works and Transport None Bahamas Postal Service
 Bahrain[2009] Ministry of Transport None Bahrain Post
 Bangladesh Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Bangladesh Post Office[2]
 Barbados[2009] Ministry of Home Affairs None Barbados Postal Service
 Belarus[2009] Ministry of Communications and Informatization None Republican Unitary Enterprise "Belpochta"
 Belgium[2009] Ministry of Enterprise and Simplification Belgian Institute of Postal Services and Telecommunications (IBPT) Belgian Post Group (formerly La Poste)
 Belize Ministry of Public Utilities, Transport, Communications[2] Belize Postal Service[N 2]
 Benin[2009] Ministry of Information Technology and Communication Transitional Regulatory Authority "La Poste du Bénin S.A." (Benin Post)
 Bhutan[2009] Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) Bhutan Information, Communication and Media Authority (BICMA) Bhutan Postal Corporation Ltd
 Bolivia[2009] Ministerio de Servicios, Obras Publicas y Vivenda None Empresa de Correos de Bolivia (ECOBOL)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina[2009] Ministry of Communications and Transport Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Postal Traffic BH Pošta
Other operators:
Pošte Srpske
Hrvatska Pošta Mostar
 Botswana[2009] Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology None BotswanaPost
 Brazil[2009] Ministry of Communications None Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos (ECT)
 Brunei Darussalam[2009] Ministry of Communications None Brunei Postal Services Department
 Bulgaria[2009] State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) Bulgarian Posts
 Burkina Faso[2009] Ministry of Posts, Information Technology and Communication None Société nationale des postes (SONAPOST)
 Burundi[2009] Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications None Régie nationale des postes (R.N.P. – National Postal Authority)
 Cambodia[2009] Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) None Directorate of Posts (Cambodian Post)
 Cameroon[2009] Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications None Cameroon Postal Services (CAMPOST)
 Canada[2009] Minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation None Canada Post Corporation (CPC)
 Cape Verde[2009] Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport National Communications Agency (ANAC) Correios de Cabo Verde, SARL (CCV)
 Central African Republic[2009] Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies None National Posts and Savings Corporation (ONPE)
 Chad[2009] Ministry of posts and information and communication technologies None (the regulatory function is assigned to STPE) Chad Posts and Savings Company (STPE)
 Chile[2009] Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Under-Secretariat for Telecommunications None Empresa de Correos de Chile
 People's Republic of China[2009] Ministry of Transport State Post Bureau China Post Group
Hong Kong: Hongkong Post
Macao: Correios de Macau
 Colombia[2009] Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications Regulatory Commission of Communications (CRC) and Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC)[3] Servicios Postales Nacionales S.A. (4-72)
 Comoros Societé Nationale des Postes et des Services Financiers[2]
 Republic of the Congo[2009] Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Directorate General of the Central Posts and Telecommunications Administration Congo Posts and Savings Company (SOPECO)
 Costa Rica[2009] None Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP) Correos de Costa Rica SA
 Côte d'Ivoire[2009] Ministry of New Information Technology and Telecommunications None Côte d'Ivoire Post
 Croatia[2009] Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development Postal Services Council HP-Hrvatska pošta d.d
 Cuba[2009] Ministry of Informatics and Communications None Empresa de Correos de Cuba
 Cyprus[2009] Ministry of Communications and Public Works Commissioner of Telecommunications and Postal Regulation Department of Postal Services
 Czech Republic[2009] Ministry of Industry and Trade Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO), Ministry of Finance Czech Post
 Democratic Republic of the Congo[2009] Ministry of Posts, Telephones and Telecommunications Autorité de régulation des postes et télécommunications du Congo (ARPTC) Congolese Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (OCPT)
 Denmark[2009] Ministry of Transport Faerdselsstyrelsen (Postal Supervisory Department) Post Denmark A/S
Other operators:
Bring Citymail
 Djibouti Djibouti Post[N 2]
 Dominica Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports[4] General Post Office (GPO)[4][N 2]
 Dominican Republic[2009] Ministry of Public Works and Communications None Instituto Postal Dominicano (INPOSDOM) (Dominican Postal Institute)
 Ecuador[2009] Correos del Ecuador, attached to the office of the Vice-President of the Republic of Ecuador Agencia Nacional Postal (National Postal Agency) Correos del Ecuador
 Egypt[2009] Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies None National Postal Authority (Egypt Post)
 El Salvador[2009] Ministry of Gobernacíon None General Postal Directorate
 Equatorial Guinea Ente autónomo de Guinea Ecuatorial de Correos y Telecomunicaciones (GECOTEL)[N 2]
 Eritrea[2009] Ministry of Transport and Communication Eritrean Communications Department Eritrean Postal Service (EPS)
 Estonia[2009] Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC) Estonian National Communications Board Estonian Post (Eesti Post)
 Ethiopia[2009] Ministry of Transport and Communications None Ethiopian Postal Service
 Fiji Post Fiji[2]
 Finland[2009] Ministry of Transport and Communications Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA)
Åland: Åland Government/Unit of Administration
Posti Group Corporation
Åland: Åland Post
 France[2009] Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation Authority (ARCEP) La Poste
 Gabon[2009] Ministry of Communication, Post, Telecommunications and New Information Technologies Postal Regulatory Agency La Poste S.A
 Gambia[2009] Ministry of Communication, Information and Technology None Gambia Postal Services Corporation
 Georgia Georgian Post[2]
 Germany[2009] Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Federal Network Agency (Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post) Several operators, due to competition. Deutsche Post AG has the largest market share.[5]
 Ghana[2009] Ministry of Communications Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission Ghana Post Company Limited
 Great Britain[2009] Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Postal Services Commission (Postcomm)
British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have separate operators and regulatory arrangements.
Royal Mail Group Plc.
Other operators:British Forces Post Office
55 other licensed operators as of 2011[6]
British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

British Forces Post Office provides military mail service for UK service members internationally, including to Akrotiri and Dhekelia and other jurisdictions listed above which also have public civilian delivery.[28]

 Greece[2009] Ministry of Transport and Communications EETT (National Telecommunications and Post Commission) Hellenic Post S.A. (ELTA S.A.)
 Grenada Grenada Postal Corporation[2]
 Guatemala El Correo (Correo de Guatemala S.A.)[2]
 Guinea[2009] Ministry of Communication and New Information Technologies (MCNTI) Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPT) Office de la poste guinéenne (OPG) (Guinean Postal Corporation)
 Iceland[29] Ministry of the Interior Post and Telecom Administration Íslandspóstur hf
 India[30] Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Department of Posts India Post hf
 Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemenkominfo)
 Ireland Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Commission for Communications Regulation An Post
 Italy Ministry of Economic Development Agenzia nazionale di regolamentazione del settore postale Poste italiane
 Japan Japan Post
 Kazakhstan Ministry of Investment and Development Committee for Communication, Informatisation and Information Kazpost
 Malta Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Communications Malta Communications Authority MaltaPost
 Mexico Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes Correos de México
 Moldova[2009] Ministry of Information Development Posta Moldovei
 Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs OPTA/Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) PostNL
 New Zealand[N 3]
 North Korea Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications[31] Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC)[N 2]
 Pakistan Pakistan Post
 Papua New Guinea
 Philippines[2009] Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)
 Portugal[2009] ANACOM CTT Correios de Portugal, S.A.
 Republic of China Ministry of Transportation and Communications None Chunghwa Post
 Romania[2009] Ministry of Communications and Information Society National Regulatory Authority for Communications (Authoritatea Nationala de Reglementare în Comunicatii) - ANCOM Posta Româna
 Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 San Marino
 Sao Tome and Principe
 Saudi Arabia
 Serbia Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications Republic agency for Postal Services (RAPUS) Pošta Srbije
 Sierra Leone
 Solomon Islands
 Somalia[32] Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications Somali Postal Service
 South Africa
 South Korea Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning Korea Post
 South Sudan
 Sri Lanka Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication Department of Post Sri Lanka Post
 Sweden Ministry of Enterprise Swedish Post and Telecom Authority Posten AB
Other operators:
Over 30 other licensed operators as of 2014[33]
  Switzerland Swiss Post
 Thailand Ministry of Transport None Thailand Post
 Tonga[N 4]
 Trinidad and Tobago
 United Arab Emirates
 United States United States Postal Service[N 5] Postal Regulatory Commission United States Postal Service
  Vatican City
  1. ^ now called Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
  2. ^ a b c d e Presumably the country's principal or only postal operator; not listed as designated postal operator on the UPU website.
  3. ^ including the Ross Dependency
  4. ^ including Niuafo'ou
  5. ^ The United States Postal Service is a government-owned corporation; its board members are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Data from: "Status and structures of postal entities in the UPU member countries". Universal Postal Union. 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2011.  References to institutions may have been updated to refer to their successors, and other operators may have been added.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Universal Postal Union. "Member countries". Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  3. ^ 4-72. "Regulatory authorities of the Colombian postal service". Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica. "Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports". Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Lists of Post Operators in Germany:
  6. ^ Postcomm. "Licensed operators". Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
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  31. ^ Moon, Sung Hwee (2006). "An In-depth Look at North Korea's Postal Service Rumors are Much Quicker Than the Rodong Shinmun". Daily NK. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  32. ^ "Mail services could soon resume in Somalia". Universal Postal Union. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  33. ^ Swedish Post and Telecom Authority. "Licensed operators". Retrieved 24 July 2014.