Teams of experienced delivery and haulage drivers are highly skilled in shipping to remote islands and in handling specialist goods such as antique furniture, carpet distribution, fragile goods and such like – but how do different countries and different cultures send their post to the corners of the world?
We feel that to be a specialist fragile goods transport company that delivers to the corners of the world, we need to understand how other cultures, from the corners of the world deliver their post and packages. By understanding those we deliver to and work for we become the best specialist fragile goods transport company that we can be.
Nowadays, courier services all over the world are becoming standardised further to the global presence of large, and sometimes costly, companies like UPS and FedEx, yet every now and again we have come across unusual quirks and interesting practices that still remain in certain countries and never cease to amaze us.
Let’s start in India. It is well known that India has one of the largest populations in the world and further to this it also has one of the largest postal services on the planet. In fact there are 155,618 post offices in India and their postal service was created back in the 14th century. There aren’t many quirky things that happen with the courier services and deliveries in India because they have been taking place for so long and on such a large scale.
Moving on to China, the country has a population of 1.3 billion people and has 77,000 post offices in the country. Did you know that in one single year China will process and deliver over 7 billion letters and 95 million parcels.
When it comes to the tropical Isles like French Polynesia and the Cayman Islands the postal system is very slow with post and packages being delivered via air or on boats. It is then distributed throughout the island from one central office on a main island before being taken by boat or air to the receiver’s island. Dependent on the island, the recipient of the package or letter will be expected to collect the post themselves and if weather is bad deliveries can be delayed indefinitely.
Germany definitely has the most quirky part to its delivery process that we have come across, the postal service workers in Germany had to undergo ‘dog psychology training’ in 2011 and this enabled them to better deal with frisky canines and excitable pups who were becoming an issue as the postal workers tried to deliver to certain addresses on their routes.
Arizona is the last known place in the world to accept and delivery post via ‘mule train’. The Mule Train is literally as it sounds, mule trains will carry and delivery things like post and packages right through to food and medical supplies and the deliveries can be completed within 3-5 hours, delivering what the mule trains are carrying to Native American settlements.