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Regular post only twice a week starting next year
Starting in March of 2020, Bpost will only deliver non-priority mail twice a week. The federal post office has announced that mail will be delivered on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Post containing a priority stamp, which guarantees delivery the next business day, will be delivered daily, as will registered mail, death notices, newspapers and packages. The rest will be bundled and delivered on the two days.
Bpost cites the sharp drop in letters and other traditionally mailed documents, such as bank statements and bills, as the reason for the change. In the 2011-12 fiscal year, 12 million such letters were delivered every day, as opposed to 7.7 million a day in the last fiscal year.
Thanks to internet shopping, however, packages are more popular than ever. “The post offices will reorganise their work flow to match the changes in society,” said Koen Van Gerven, CEO of Bpost. “There used to be a huge numer of letters and few packages, and now that’s the other way around.”