Emirates Post eyes 20% rise in international parcel volumes

Mail company cuts parcel rates to key parts of the world in bid to increase demand from UAE expats
Emirates Post eyes 20% rise in international parcel volumes
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 30 May 2014 01:41 AM

Emirates Post Group has targeted a 20 percent rise in international parcel volumes in 2014, driven by lower rates, increased demand from expatriates and faster delivery times due to a strategic partnership with Emirates airline.

This follows a 10 percent growth in international parcels and EMS (Express Mail Service) shipments in 2013, to destinations mainly in Europe, Indian Subcontinent, China, the Philippines and GCC countries.

The Dubai-based company also said in a statement that the delivery period to most markets has now been reduced by two to three days to a maximum of seven days.

"We have made several enhancements to our international parcel and EMS product. This should come as great news to the expatriate population in the UAE, especially in view of the approaching summer holiday period when people can send stuff to their families through post, instead of paying exorbitant rates for extra baggage," said Ibrahim bin Karam, chief commercial officer, Emirates Post Group.

In the first two months of 2014, parcels booked at Emirates Post offices saw an increase of 14 percent, and EMS witnessed a jump of 25 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2013, Bin Karam added.

The company said parcel rates to Indian destinations have been reduced by 20 percent from this month, with no weight restrictions.

Emirates Post said it has reduced its parcel rates to all destinations in Europe, while parcel rates to the Philippines have also been cut.

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