- Express mail
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.
- 1 Express Mail Service and the EMS Cooperative
- 2 EMS Cooperative members
- 3 Express Mail in the United States and Express Mail International
- 4 Other express mail providers
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Express Mail Service and the EMS Cooperative
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 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.
EMS Cooperative members
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  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 and the other service is called Global Express Guaranteed(GXG). 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.
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, though Special Delivery was not terminated until June 8, 1997.
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.
- ^  (retrieved March 1, 2010)
- ^ EMS Hall of Fame (retrieved March 1, 2010)
- ^ http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Netscape/SPInternationalTariff.html
- ^ Express Mail International International Mail Manual - Issue 35 (retrieved April 10, 2008)
- ^ USPS Global Express Guaranteed International Mail Manual - Issue 35 (retrieved April 10, 2008)
- ^ "Significant Dates in Postal History". Postal History. USPS. http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/pubs/pub100/pub100_076.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- ^ "U.S. Postal Service--Summary statistics - USA Census numbers". allcountries.org. http://www.allcountries.org/uscensus/936_u_s_postal_service_summary.html. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
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