Network of postal establishments at end of 2007

The report has been released on the network of postal establishments of CTT - Correios de Portugal, S.A., concessionaire company of the universal postal service as of the end of 2007.

The report shows that on 31 December 2007 there were 2,853 postal establishments in operation, 10 fewer than at the end of 2006. This represents a decline in the number of postal establishments since 2002, resulting essentially from a reduction in postal service offices, although there have been signs of this trend levelling off in the last two years. Of these postal establishments, 912 were permanent post offices, 12 were mobile post offices and 1,929 were postal service offices.

The report shows that there was at least one post office located within each municipality, while in eighteen municipalities (6 per cent of the total) there was only one postal establishment. All post offices provide the full range of concession services while 46 per cent of postal service offices do not offer parcel services.

In comparison with other Member States of the European Union (EU), and according to data provided by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) for 2006, the situation in Portugal compares favourably to the EU average, both in terms of coverage and in terms of density of permanent postal establishments.

Under the terms Concession of the Universal Postal Service, during 2007, ANACOM received 61 notifications from CTT, as follows: 4 in respect of the closure of post offices, 37 in respect of the closure of post offices and their replacement by postal service offices, 9 in respect of reductions in post office working hours; 10 in respect of other alterations to post office working hours (which do not imply a reduction in the daily timetable); and 1 in respect of post offices openings.