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Hongkong Post handles record 103 million mail items

Many of the mail items the Hongkong Post processes every day go through the sorting office at the General Post Office. Photo: May Tse

Hongkong Post handled a record number of letters and parcels this year, much of it airmail from e-traders, despite long-held fears that the internet would spell the death of global postal services.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 4:55am

New postal service proposed after delays

Hongkong Post is considering adding a new mail service to Europe and Latin America after delays to Christmas deliveries in 2009 due to insufficient cargo space, the postmaster general says.

Clement Cheung Wan-ching, who took office in September, said the proposed service would be quicker and better than registered airmail but cheaper than Speedpost.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Last post

Hong Kong Post has released the dates by which Christmas airmail should be posted to arrive in time for December 25. Mail bound for the US should be posted by December 9, mail for mainland China and Australia by December 11 and mail for the UK by December 16.

1 Nov 2002 - 12:00am


Am I alone in wondering if the Australian postal service has hit an all-time low in terms of speed and efficiency? When I first came to Hong Kong some 30 years ago, it generally took two to three days for an airmail letter to arrive here from either Melbourne or Sydney.

28 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Strike hits airmail

Airmail to India, except Speedpost, has been suspended because of a strike there.

16 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Top Gun crew wards off cyber age enemies

US aircraft carriers have come a long way in the short time since Tom Cruise was in Top Gun, but the electronic wizardry built into the revamped Constellation presents hazards which could be woven into a Hollywood sequel.

4 Sep 1997 - 12:00am


Next-day delivery for all local letters and maximum queuing times of 10 minutes were two of 11 promises made by Mr Footman (left).

As the Post Office launched a major drive to improve service, he also pledged to get all airmail on the first available flight and make philatelic products requested by standing order available by the third working day of issue.

16 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Turn white

ALTHOUGH the Post Office must be aware of the problems that are created for typists when the insides of aerogrammes are not white, it continues to sell aerogrammes that are coated blue inside.

Can we not have aerogrammes that are white all the way through? M. T. EDWARDS Tin Hau

24 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Go-slow express

ON October 4, soon after 9 am, a letter of mine was weighed and the postage for air mail express to Perth, Australia, was paid with the letter being placed in the ''express'' white box.

It did not arrive at its destination until October 19 - 15 days later.

Even ordinary, non-express air mail letters should arrive faster than that.

7 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Postal rates rise on cards

POSTAL rates will only be raised in line with inflation this year, despite estimates that increases of up to 160 per cent would be needed to recover long-term costs.

Low postage charges for inland and surface mail had led to significant losses in the past few years and in 1991-92 alone, losses amounted to $233 million.

4 May 1993 - 12:00am

Happy with postal service

I REFER to Lynn Wishart's letter ''Post-haste, time waste'' (Post, February 22). Every time I go to the Post Office I feel I'm being efficiently served. Recently I sent a letter to a small city in Alberta, Canada via Airmail Express. It took only three days and cost $7.40.


26 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Puzzled by vagaries of Hongkong Postmaster

EACH year for the past seven to eight years with the exception of 1992, I have sent off my family's Christmas cards in good time for delivery by sea to the UK and elsewhere around the world, only to receive the great accolade of ''first cards of the season'' - received by air in October! This past Christmas I decided to await a suitably distant date for air delivery.

10 Feb 1993 - 12:00am