Network of postal establishments - 1st quarter 2015

ANACOM has released a report on the postal network and offer of services of CTT - Correios de Portugal (CTT), concessionaire of the universal postal service in Portugal, as at the end of 1st quarter 2015 (1Q2015).

According to the report, at the end of March 2015, there were 2,318 postal establishments in operation, including 619 permanent post offices, 4 mobile post offices and 1,695 postal agencies. Compared to the end of 2014, the number of postal establishment increased by one, following the opening of 7 postal agencies and the closure of 6 agencies.

The total number of postal establishments at the end of 1Q2015 is in line with the postal network density objectives and minimum offers of services established by ANACOM decision of 28 August 2014 (under Base XV of the Bases of the Universal Postal Service Concession, republished in annex to Decree-Law no. 160/2013 of 19 November). Under this decision, CTT is implicitly required to maintain a minimum of 2,296 postal establishments in operation from 4th quarter 2014 until the end of September 2017.

At the end of the reported period, CTT accomplished the objectives of postal network density and minimum services established, except as related to postal establishments with reduced opening hours in each municipality.

At the end of 1Q2015, the full range of concession services was provided by at least one postal establishment in all 308 municipalities in Portugal.

In all parishes with more than 10,000 inhabitants, there was at least one postal establishment providing the full range of concession services.

The total number of geographical points at which post boxes were sited was the same as reported for the end of 2014.

Internationally, Portugal compares favourably with the European Union (EU) average (excluding Portugal), both in terms of average area per postal establishment and in terms of average number of inhabitants per postal establishment. This is according to the data available from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on the network of permanent postal establishments of the universal service providers in EU Member States (with reference to 2013).

The percentage of postal establishments managed by third parties in Portugal is higher than the EU average.