Network of postal establishments - 1st half 2014

ANACOM has released its latest report on the network of postal establishments in Portugal belonging to CTT - Correios de Portugal, S.A. (CTT), concessionaire company of the universal postal service, and establishments belonging to others undertakings where services conceded to CTT are provided, as at the end of the 1st half of 2014.

The report reveals that, at the end of June 2014, there were 2,343 postal establishments in operation in Portugal; of these, 619 were permanent post offices, 5 were mobile post offices and 1,719 were postal service offices. In 5 of these permanent post offices, the customer service operations are contracted out by CTT in accordance with Base XXII, paragraph 1 of the Universal Postal Service Concession.

Overall, during the 1st half of 2014, a reduction was reported in the total number of postal establishments versus the end of 2013. In the period being reported, there was at least one post office in every municipality, with the exception of Gavião and Pedrógão Grande, which only had a postal service office. Considering the entire network of postal establishments (that is including the network of post offices and postal service offices), there were two or more postal establishments in 94.8% of Portugal's municipalities (292 municipalities - one fewer than at the end of 2013).

According to CTT, at the end of the 1st half of 2014, the following concession services were provided in 76.6% of postal establishments: non-priority mail (correio normal), priority mail (correio azul), pre-paid mail (correio verde), registered mail, insured items, parcels, books, issuance and payment of postal orders and payments. All post offices provided the full range of concession services.

Based on data provided by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) with reference to 2012, as regards the permanent postal establishment networks of universal service providers in different EU Member States, Portugal compares favourably with the EU average, both in terms of coverage (average area in km2, per fixed postal establishment) and in terms of postal density (average number of inhabitants per fixed postal establishment).

In Portugal, about 73.4% of permanent postal establishments are managed by third parties - above the EU average of 46.9%. According to the data available from the UPU, eight Member States report a higher percentage of postal establishments managed by third parties: Sweden (84%), Finland (87%), Denmark (88%), Cyprus (95%), Ireland (95%), United Kingdom (97%), Netherlands (100%) and Germany (100%).