Express mail

Express mail
Express mail used after the Anschluss in 1938; letters from Austria to Germany required German stamps to be added, resulting in a mixed franking.

In most postal systems express mail refers to an accelerated delivery service for which the customer pays a surcharge and receives faster delivery. Express mail is a service for domestic mail and is governed by a country's own postal administration. Since 1998 the international accelerated delivery services are governed by the EMS Cooperative.


Express Mail Service and the EMS Cooperative

Express Mail Service (EMS) service logo

Express Mail Service (EMS) is an international express postal service offered by postal-administration members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) which created the EMS Cooperative in 1998 within the framework of the UPU, a specialized agency of the United Nations, to promote the harmonization and development of postal services worldwide. As of July 2006, EMS is offered by 154 of the 191 UPU member countries' postal authorities[1] as an integral part of their normal postal services. Seven additional countries have arrangements to deliver EMS items.

An independent auditor measures the express delivery performance of all international EMS operators. EMS Performance Awards are based on postal operator's performance, including service performance and tracking. Gold, Silver, or Bronze certificate are awarded to EMS Cooperative members depending on their yearly performance. These EMS award winners are recorded in the EMS Cooperative's Hall of Fame.[2]

EMS Cooperative members

EMS SpeedPost from India

Since its creation, 154 postal administrations have joined the EMS Cooperative, representing over 74% of EMS operators worldwide. In addition, the EMS Cooperative has negotiated EMS delivery contracts on behalf of seven countries: EMS delivery agents.

EMS member Operator name
Afghanistan Afghan Post
Albania Albania Post - EMS
Algeria Algérie Post
Angola EMS Angola
Anguilla Anguilla Postal Service
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda Post
Argentina Correo Argentino
Armenia Haypost - EMS Armenia
Aruba EMS Aruba
Australia Australia Post - Express Courier International
Azerbaijan EMS Azerexpresspost
Bahamas Bahamas Post Office
Bahrain Barid Mumtaz - EMS
Bangladesh Bangladesh Post Office
Barbados Barbados Post - EMS
Belarus EMS Belarus
Belgium Taxipost
Belize Belize Postal Service
Benin Benin Post
Bermuda International Data Express - Bermuda
Bhutan Bhutan Post Express Mail Service
Bosnia and Herzegovina Poste Srpske, Public Enterprise BH Post, HP Mostar
Botswana Botswana Post - EMS
Brazil Correios - (Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos - ECT)
Bulgaria EMS Bulpost
Burkina Faso Sonapost - Burkina Faso
Burundi EMS Burundi
Cambodia EMS Cambodia
Cameroon Cameroon Post
Canada Xpresspost - Canada Post
Cape Verde Correios de Cabo Verde
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands EMS
Central African Republic Central African EMS
Chad Chad Postal Administration
Chile Correos de Chile
China, People's Republic China Post EMS
Colombia EMS Internacional
Congo, Democratic Republic EMS Congo/CD
Congo, Republic Congo EMS
Costa Rica Correos de Costa Rica
Croatia Croatian Post - EMS
Cuba* Correos de Cuba
Cyprus Cyprus Post/Datapost Service
Czech Rep. Czech Post - EMS International
Djibouti La Poste de Djibouti
Dominican Republic Instituto Postal Dominicano / EMS-Dominican Republic
Dominica Dominica Post
Ecuador Ecuador EMS (Correos del Ecuador)
Egypt Egypt Post
El Salvador EMS El Salvador Post
Eritrea EMS - Eritrean Postal Service
Estonia EMS Estonia
Ethiopia EMS - Ethiopian Postal Service
Fiji Post Fiji
Finland Finland Post - EMS
France Chronopost
Gabon EMS Delta+
Georgia Georgian Post - Georgian International EMS
Ghana Ghana EMS
Gibraltar . EMS Datapost Gibraltar
Greece Tachimetafores ELTA
Grenada Grenada Postal Corporation
Guinea Guinea Post
Guyana Guyana Postal Corporation
Honduras EMS Honduras
Hong Kong Speedpost - Hongkong Post
Hungary Magyar Posta
India India Post - EMS Speed Post**
Indonesia Pos Indonesia
Iran Pishtaz Post
Iraq Iraq Post
Ireland An Post
Israel Israel Postal Company
Italy Poste italiane
Jamaica Jamaica Post
Japan Japan Post EMS
Jordan Jordan Post
Kazakhstan Kazpost
Kenya EMS Kenya
Kiribati Kiribati Post
Korea, South Korea Post
Kosovo* Post of Kosova
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Post
Laos Lao Express
Latvia Latvia Post EMS
Lesotho Lesotho Post
Lithuania Lithuania Post
Macao EMS Macau
Macedonia Express Mail Service - Macedonia Post
Madagascar EMS Mailaka
Malawi EMS Malawi
Malaysia EMS - Poslaju Malaysia
Maldives Maldives Post
Malta Malta Post Express International
Mauritania Mauripost
Mauritius EMS Speedpost Mauritius
Mexico Mexpost
Moldova EMS Moldova
Mongolia Mongol Post; Tugeemelpost
Montenegro Posta Crne Gore
Morocco EMS Chronopost International Maroc
Mozambique EMS Mozambique
Myanmar Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications
Namibia Namibia Post Limited
Nepal General Post Office - EMS Service
Netherlands* TNT N.V.
Netherlands Antilles Post Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand New Zealand Post Limited
Nicaragua Correos de Nicaragua EMS
Niger EMS Niger
Nigeria Nigerian Postal Service
Oman EMS - Mumtaz Post
Pakistan Pakistan Express Post
Panama Panama Post
Papua New Guinea Post PNG
Paraguay EMS Internacional
Peru Serpost - Express Mail Service
Philippines Phil Post - International Express Mail Service
Poland Poczta Polska
Portugal CTT Expresso
Qatar EMS - Mumtaz Post
Romania Romanian Post EMS
Russian Federation Russian Post - EMS
Rwanda EMS Rwanda
Saint Christopher and Nevis EMS Service
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Post
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines* Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saudi Arabia Saudi Post EMS
Senegal EMS Senegal
Serbia Pošta Srbije
Singapore Singapore Post Limited - Speedpost
Slovakia Slovenská pošta a.s.
Slovenia Pošta Slovenije d.o.o.
South Africa South Africa EMS (SAPO)
Spain Postal Exprés internacional (EMS)
Sri Lanka EMS Speed Post - Sri Lanka
Sudan Poste Rapide EMS
Sweden Posten AB
Syria Syrian Post
Taiwan Chunghwa Post
Tanzania E.M.S. Tanzania
Thailand Thailand Post EMS
Togo EMS Togo
Trinidad and Tobago TT Post
Tunisia Rapid-Poste Tunisia
Turkey Posta ve Telgraf Teşkilatı - PTT
Turkmenistan Turkmen Poctasy
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Post
Uganda EMS Courier Services - Uganda Post
Ukraine EMS Ukraine
United Arab Emirates Mumtaz Post - EMS
United Kingdom Parcelforce
United States of America United States Postal Service Express Mail
Uruguay Correo Uruguayo
Uzbekistan Express Mail Service Uzbekistan
Vanuatu Vanuatu EMS
Venezuela Ipostel
Vietnam P&T Express Service Joint Stock Company
Yemen Yemen Post
Zambia EMS Zambia
Zimbabwe EMS Zimpost

* Provisional member

** Indiapost does not offer EMS services to many central asian countries, former USSR states except Russia and Ukraine, Kosovo, etc as of 09/28/2011 [3] The services are limited to the countries listed in the Tariff information page.

EMS delivery agents

EMS delivery agent Operator name
Austria Österreichische Post AG
Denmark Post Danmark A/S
France Chronopost
Germany Deutsche Post AG
Netherlands TNT Post
Norway Posten Norge AS
Slovenia Pošta Slovenije d.o.o.
Switzerland Swiss Post International

Express Mail in the United States and Express Mail International

The United States Postal Service (USPS) provides Express Mail for domestic U.S. delivery, and offers two EMS categories of services for Express Mail International. One is simply called Express Mail International[4] and the other service is called Global Express Guaranteed(GXG).[5] These two USPS International Mail terms are often confused with their service called Express Mail, which is a specific classification of mail for domestic accelerated postal delivery within the U.S.


1944 13¢ Special Delivery stamp

Special Delivery, a domestic accelerated delivery service, was introduced on 3 March 1885 initially with a fee of 10¢ paid by a Special Delivery stamp. It has been transformed into Express Mail, which was introduced in 1977 after an experimental period that started in 1970,[6] though Special Delivery was not terminated until June 8, 1997.[7]

Modern USPS Domestic Delivery Express Mail And International Express Mail Delivery

Express Mail is a money-back guaranteed overnight to 2-day service offering tracking, proof of delivery, and insurance up to $100. Items shipped using this service can be delivered within the 48 contiguous United States and the Washington, D.C. within 1 to 2 business days. Packages sent to Canada, Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii frequently require up to 2 additional business days.

One advantage of Express Mail is that USPS will deliver 365 days a year, including Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays at no additional charge to some locations. USPS competitors often charge for delivering on anything other than a business day. Unlike Priority Mail and First Class Mail, USPS provides real-time tracking information online and by phone for Express Mail shipments.

Global Express Guaranteed(GXG) service is an international expedited delivery service provided through an alliance with FedEx Corporation. It provides reliable, high–speed, guaranteed, and time–definite service from selected Post Office facilities in the United States to a large number of international destinations. (See Countries and Cities Served Section of Publication 141, Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide, for destination service commitments.) Global Express Guaranteed delivery service is guaranteed to meet the specified service standards or the postage paid may be refunded. For almost all network destinations, liability insurance is provided for lost or damaged shipments.

Other private express carriers guarantee overnight or 2-day delivery by as early as 8:30 or 10:30 AM. Express Mail also conveys other benefits under specific circumstances; U.S. patent applications and related documents transmitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office via USPS Express Mail carry the postmark date as the date of patent priority, so long as each document is mailed along with a signed certificate of mailing bearing the Express Mail tracking number of the mailing label.

Other express mail providers

Many transportation logistics firms offer similar accelerated services. UPS, DHL and FedEx are the most popular alternatives. Those carriers offer even faster delivery with their early morning delivery services.

See also


  1. ^ [1] (retrieved March 1, 2010)
  2. ^ EMS Hall of Fame (retrieved March 1, 2010)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Express Mail International International Mail Manual - Issue 35 (retrieved April 10, 2008)
  5. ^ USPS Global Express Guaranteed International Mail Manual - Issue 35 (retrieved April 10, 2008)
  6. ^ "Significant Dates in Postal History". Postal History. USPS. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Postal Service--Summary statistics - USA Census numbers". Retrieved 2010-10-01. 

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