Rapid delivery for European mail
Deutsche Post World Net's transit times are among the best in EuropeBonn, 03/15/2005, 10:30 AM CET
Deutsche Post World Net continues to be one of the top performers when it comes to delivery times for mail sent within Europe. In 2004, 96.8 per cent of the mail handled by the Group reached its addressee abroad within three days of being posted in Germany. This figure was revealed by the independent UNEX study and places Deutsche Post World Net well above the average for other European postal companies.
Deutsche Post's transit times are especially good for mail sent to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Luxembourg. Letters destined for these countries arrive on average just under two days after being posted in Germany.
The overall results for European postal companies were very good, with the study showing that the strong performance of 2003 was repeated in 2004. The average transit time in Europe was 2.2 days, while 93.7per cent of cross-border mail between European countries was delivered within three days of posting. European Union targets stipulate that 85 per cent of cross-border mail must be delivered within three days of posting (J+3 is the indicator for speed, with 'j' standing for jour, the day of posting). This latest result therefore exceeds the target by 8.7 percentage points, and is 24.6 percentage points higher than in 1994, the year measurement began.
There was also a slight improvement in the percentage of items that reached their European destination within five days of posting (J+5 is the indicator for reliability). The figure of 98.4 per cent revealed by the study again exceeds the EU target, in this case 97 per cent.
The UNEX study runs continuously and the results are published twice a year by the International Post Corporation (IPC*), an association of 23 of the world's leading postal companies. The study is independent and the postal companies do not participate in measuring the mail transit times. In the 2004 study, over a million test letters of differing format and weight were sent into 306 European country-to-country mail streams, and into 400 city-to-city links within and between North America and Europe.
UNEX (Unipost External Monitoring System) is the most extensive and complex monitoring system of its kind. And, needless to say, it also meets the European Commission's standards for measuring services, which include the requirement for a uniform, reliable system for monitoring transit times within the EU.
- *|The IPC's members are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA.
- The IPC's members are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA.