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Traded asEuronextPNL
ISINNL0009739416 Edit this on Wikidata
PredecessorKPN's postal division
TNT Limited
FoundedJune 1998
Key people
Herna Verhagen (CEO)
ServicesPost delivery services
Revenue€2.772 billion (2018)
€209 million (2018)
SubsidiariesKoninklijke TNT Post
TNT Airways
TNT Express (29.9%)
Whistl (17.5%)

PostNL (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpɔst ɛnˌɛl]) formerly TNT NV is a mail, parcel and e-commerce corporation with operations in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. It provides universal delivery in the Netherlands, and is publicly listed at Euronext Amsterdam.[1][2] The company was known as TNT NV until TNT Express was separated from it in May 2011, and the remainder of the company was renamed PostNL.


Former TNT logo
TNT mail box

In January 1997, KPN purchased Australian based TNT Limited after completing a friendly takeover.[3] TNT's core activities outside of mail, express and logistics were sold. These included Ansett Worldwide Aviation Service to Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, the Komatsu Forklift business, the Port of Geelong and some other Australian interests to Toll Holdings, and the Sydney Monorail and Sydney light rail operation to CGEA Transport Sydney.[4][5][6] On 25 June 1998 KPN merged its PTT Post division to form the TNT Post Group (TPG) that was listed on the Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and New York stock exchanges.[7][8]

In April 1998, TPG opened its European Express Centre at Liège Airport Belgium. In October 1998, an international road hub opened in Duiven, Netherlands. In December 1998, TPG acquired French company Jet Services.[9]

In April 2005, TNT Post Group was rebranded as TNT.[10] In November 2006 TNT sold its logistics division to Apollo Global Management, it was later rebranded CEVA Logistics.[11]

In March 2007 TNT acquired Hoau, China's private freight and parcels delivery firm.[12] On 18 June 2007, TNT was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.[13]

In August 2010, TNT announced its intention to float the express business as a separate company. This took effect on 31 May 2011 with TNT Express floated on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, and TNT NV renamed PostNL.[2]

PostNL retained a 29.9% stake in TNT Express on completion of the breakup.[14] Peter Bakker, chief executive officer of TNT since 2001, stepped down at the end of May 2011 with Harry Koorstra becoming CEO of PostNL.[15] In April 2012 Harry Koorstra resigned after conflicts with the supervisory board.[16][17] Herna Verhagen became the new CEO.

In 2013, PostNL announced that to reduce costs in the face of declining volume, it would be eliminating Monday deliveries (accounting for only 2.6% of volume), cut the number of post boxes in half, and reduce the number of post offices from around 2,500 to about 1,000.[18] From 2012 to 2013, the organization reduced the number of mail processing locations from 260 to 145.[19]



PostNL, formerly known as Koninklijke TNT Post, has been assigned by the Dutch government to carry out the UPD (Universele Postdienst, Dutch for Universal Postal Service).[20] Carrying out the UPD requires, amongst other things, PostNL to deliver mail throughout the Netherlands five days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) and to maintain enough mailboxes in the country. Autoriteit Consument & Markt is charged with monitoring and enforcing the execution by PostNL.

Rest of Europe[edit]

PostNL operates in Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The company continued to use the TNT Post name in these countries shortly after the demerger, in agreement with TNT Express that it would rebrand by the end of 2014. In late 2013, its Belgian operations were also rebranded as PostNL.[21] TNT Post Germany was rebranded as Postcon in March 2014,[22] and in May TNT Post Italy was rebranded Nexive, using the same logo style as its parent PostNL.[23]

TNT Post UK was rebranded as Whistl in September 2014,[24] and in October 2015 PostNL sold a majority stake in the company to its management in a management buyout.[25] In August 2019, PostNL announced it had agreed to sell its Postcon operations in Germany to Quantum Capital Partners with the sale expected to take effect from late 2019.[26]

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  1. ^ "Our Company". 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  2. ^ a b "TNT Shareholders approve demerger other results Meetings of Shareholders". 2011-05-25. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  3. ^ Dutch win TNT with $2bn bid, Communications giant snares troubled transport group The Australian 3 October 1996 page 1
  4. ^ ACCC not to oppose Toll acquisition of some TNT businesses Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
  5. ^ "TNT Annual Report 1998 - Non-core business". TNT. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ "A report by Ansett Worldwide" (PDF). Morgan Stanley. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. ^ History TNT
  8. ^ TNT Post Group - The first main company with an independent stock market listing TNT Post Group 25 June 1998
  9. ^ TNT Post Group NV acquires leading express company in France TNT 15 December 1998
  10. ^ TPG to become TNT: one global brand for all activities TNT Post Group 14 January 2005
  11. ^ "TNT reaches agreement to sell its logistics division to Apollo Management, L.P." 23 August 2006. Archived from the original on 2 March 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  12. ^ "TNT acquired Hoau". 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  13. ^ TNT completes delisting from New York Stock Exchange TNT 18 June 2007
  14. ^ Roumeliotis, Greg (25 May 2011). "Q+A-Split of Dutch mail and express group TNT". Reuters. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  15. ^ Molenaar, Jeroen; Rothwell, Steve (2 December 2010). "TNT Shifts Strategy to Spin Off Express Division". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  16. ^ (in Dutch)"Topman Harry Koorstra stapt per direct op bij postNL", AD, April 19, 2012, retrieved June 29, 2016
  17. ^ "PostNL’s CEO resigns", Postal technology International, April, 2012, retrieved June 29, 2016
  18. ^ "Netherlands to eliminate Monday mail delivery in effort to save money". June 4, 2013.
  19. ^ "Cost-savings help PostNL take "significant steps" in 2013". 24 Feb 2014.
  20. ^ "Postdiensten voor consumenten". Rijksoverheid. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  21. ^ "TNT Post becomes PostNL in other countries too". Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  22. ^ "Aus TNT Post wird Postcon". 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  23. ^ "TNT Post Italy renamed Nexive". Postal Technology International. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  24. ^ Banks, Tom (16 September 2014). "Postal service TNT Post rebrands as Whistl". Design Week. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  25. ^ "Whistl management buy out completed". Logistics Manager. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  26. ^ Quantum Capital Partners to acquire Postcon business of PostNL PostNL 5 August 2019
  27. ^ Member States, Caribbean Postal Union

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