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Somali Postal Service

The Somali Postal Service (Somali Post) is the national postal service of Somalia. It is part of the Federal Government of Somalia's Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunications.

Somali Postal Service
Boostada Soomaaliya
Agency overview
TypePostal service
JurisdictionFederal Government of Somalia
HeadquartersMogadishu, Somalia
2°04′00″N45°22′00″E /2.06667°N 45.36667°E /2.06667; 45.36667
Minister responsible
Parent agencyMinistry of Posts and Telecommunications
Websitemipt.gov.so

Somali Post operated postal services domestically and internationally, before ceasing operations in 1991.

Somali Post officially relaunched on 1 November 2013, following a memorandum of understanding signed with Emirates Post, the Emirati national postal service, in April 2013.

A postal coding and numbering system for each of Somalia's eighteen administrative regions was developed in October 2014.

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General

In early 1991, the Somali Postal Service had 100 post offices, with a total staff of between 1,665 to 2,165 personnel. The national postal infrastructure was later completely destroyed during the civil war, with Somali Postal officially suspending operations in October 1991. Residents subsequently had to turn to traditional methods of dispatching parcels and letters. They also communicated via handwritten letters sent through acquaintances and mobile and email messaging services.

In order to fill the vacuum, a partially reconstituted Somali Post signed an agreement in 2003 with the United Arab Emirates' Emirates Post to process mail to and from Somalia. Emirates Post's mail transit hub at the Dubai International Airport was then for a time used to forward mail from Somalia to the UAE and various Western destinations as well as to route mail destined for the country.

Relaunch

Concurrently, the Somali Transitional Federal Government began preparations to revive the national postal service. In 2011, a Somali minister approached the Universal Postal Union (UPU) for support in rehabilitating the Somali postal service. The UPU subsequently reached out to other international postal bodies, recommending bilateral cooperation with the Somali authorities. Several countries expressed interest, notably the UAE.

The Somali government's overall reconstruction plan for Somali Post is structured into three phases spread over a period of ten years. Phase I will see the reconstruction of the postal headquarters and General Post Office (GPO), as well as the establishment of sixteen branch offices in the capital and seventeen in regional bases. As of March 2012, the Somali authorities have re-established Somalia's membership with the UPU and taken part once again in the UPU's affairs as well as liaised with other UN agencies. They have also rehabilitated the GPO in Mogadishu, with an initial staff of 25 postal workers ready to handle the mail again. Additionally, the government appointed an official postal consultant to provide professional advice on the renovations. Phase II of the rehabilitation project involves the construction of 718 postal outlets from 2014 to 2016. Phase III is slated to begin in 2017, with the objective of creating 897 postal outlets by 2022.

In December 2012, then Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications Abdullahi Elmoge Hersi announced that Somalia's new federal government planned to officially relaunch the Somali Postal Service in 2013. Hersi subsequently signed a memorandum of understanding with Emirates Post President Fahad al Hosani on 22 April 2013, wherein Dubai is to serve as a hub for handling all parcels bound for or leaving Somalia. The UAE authorities also pledged to finance the first year of Somali Post's resumed operations. Mediated by the UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein, the agreement represented the first step in the Information Ministry's plan to relaunch the national postal service.

In November 2013, international postal services for Somalia officially resumed. The UPU is now assisting the Somali Postal Service to develop its capacity, including providing technical assistance and basic mail processing equipment. In October 2014, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications also relaunched postal delivery from abroad. The postal system is slated to be implemented throughout the country via a new postal coding and numbering system. According to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mohamud Ibrihim Adan, the relaunch's next phase will enable local residents to send letters to acquaintances overseas.

As of October 2014, new postal codes have been developed for each of Somalia's eighteen administrative regions. The postal codes are two letters, such as AW for Awdal, BN for Banaadir, BR for Bari and SL for Sool.

Additionally, numbers have been allocated for each of the provinces and their districts.

Permit

The Somali Postal Service requires addressees within Somalia to have an import permit for all commercial goods.

Prohibitions

Somali Post bans items on Australia Post's Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide, including alcoholic beverages. Lottery tickets and promotional materials are likewise proscribed.

Special documentation

In terms of special documentation on imports, Somali Postal Service requires that all incoming commercial goods be identified as commercial. Private packages must also be labeled as private instead of as gift only, personal effects or commercial.

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  2. Reconstruction of Somalia Post, Presentation to the U.P.U., Berne, Somali Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, 2 March 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. Archived here.
  3. "International mail services officially resume in Somalia". Universal Postal Union. 1 November 2013. Retrieved7 November 2013.
  4. "Weekly Statement: Progress of the Somali Government". Diplomat News Network. 11 October 2014. Retrieved12 October 2014.
  5. "Union Postale - June 2013"(PDF). Universal Postal Union. Retrieved2 August 2013.
  6. "Royal Mail - Service update - International". Royal Mail. Retrieved23 February 2013.
  7. "Somalia to revive its Postal cooperation next year, says minister". Bar-kulan. 10 December 2012. Retrieved11 December 2012.
  8. "Somalia's government launches postal service". BBC. 13 October 2014. Retrieved14 October 2014.
  9. Emirates Post and Somal Post sign agreement to establish money transfer and mail services, AMEinfo.com, 30 June 2003. Retrieved 9 December 2012. Archived here.
  10. "Mail services could soon resume in Somalia". Universal Postal Union. 26 April 2013. Retrieved27 April 2013.
  11. "UAE to finance postal service in Somalia". Sabahi. 24 April 2013. Retrieved4 August 2013.
  12. "Australia Post - International Post Guide". Australia Post. Retrieved28 February 2013.

Somali Postal Service
Somali Postal Service Language Watch Edit The Somali Postal Service Somali Post is the national postal service of Somalia It is part of the Federal Government of Somalia s Ministry of Information Posts and Telecommunications 1 Somali Postal ServiceBoostada SoomaaliyaAgency overviewTypePostal serviceJurisdictionFederal Government of SomaliaHeadquartersMogadishu Somalia 2 04 00 N 45 22 00 E 2 06667 N 45 36667 E 2 06667 45 36667Minister responsibleMohamud Ibrihim AdanParent agencyMinistry of Posts and TelecommunicationsWebsitemipt wbr gov wbr so Somali Post operated postal services domestically and internationally before ceasing operations in 1991 2 Somali Post officially relaunched on 1 November 2013 3 following a memorandum of understanding signed with Emirates Post the Emirati national postal service in April 2013 A postal coding and numbering system for each of Somalia s eighteen administrative regions was developed in October 2014 4 Contents 1 History 1 1 General 1 2 Relaunch 2 Postal codes 3 Import regulations 3 1 Permit 3 2 Prohibitions 3 3 Special documentation 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory EditGeneral Edit In early 1991 the Somali Postal Service had 100 post offices with a total staff of between 1 665 2 to 2 165 personnel 5 The national postal infrastructure was later completely destroyed during the civil war with Somali Postal officially suspending operations in October 1991 6 Residents subsequently had to turn to traditional methods of dispatching parcels and letters 7 They also communicated via handwritten letters sent through acquaintances and mobile and email messaging services 8 In order to fill the vacuum a partially reconstituted Somali Post signed an agreement in 2003 with the United Arab Emirates Emirates Post to process mail to and from Somalia Emirates Post s mail transit hub at the Dubai International Airport was then for a time used to forward mail from Somalia to the UAE and various Western destinations as well as to route mail destined for the country 9 Relaunch Edit Concurrently the Somali Transitional Federal Government began preparations to revive the national postal service In 2011 a Somali minister approached the Universal Postal Union UPU for support in rehabilitating the Somali postal service The UPU subsequently reached out to other international postal bodies recommending bilateral cooperation with the Somali authorities Several countries expressed interest notably the UAE 5 The Somali government s overall reconstruction plan for Somali Post is structured into three phases spread over a period of ten years Phase I will see the reconstruction of the postal headquarters and General Post Office GPO as well as the establishment of sixteen branch offices in the capital and seventeen in regional bases As of March 2012 the Somali authorities have re established Somalia s membership with the UPU and taken part once again in the UPU s affairs as well as liaised with other UN agencies 2 They have also rehabilitated the GPO in Mogadishu with an initial staff of 25 postal workers ready to handle the mail again 5 Additionally the government appointed an official postal consultant to provide professional advice on the renovations Phase II of the rehabilitation project involves the construction of 718 postal outlets from 2014 to 2016 Phase III is slated to begin in 2017 with the objective of creating 897 postal outlets by 2022 2 In December 2012 then Minister of Information Posts and Telecommunications Abdullahi Elmoge Hersi announced that Somalia s new federal government planned to officially relaunch the Somali Postal Service in 2013 7 Hersi subsequently signed a memorandum of understanding with Emirates Post President Fahad al Hosani on 22 April 2013 wherein Dubai is to serve as a hub for handling all parcels bound for or leaving Somalia 10 11 The UAE authorities also pledged to finance the first year of Somali Post s resumed operations 11 Mediated by the UPU Director General Bishar A Hussein the agreement represented the first step in the Information Ministry s plan to relaunch the national postal service 10 In November 2013 international postal services for Somalia officially resumed The UPU is now assisting the Somali Postal Service to develop its capacity including providing technical assistance and basic mail processing equipment 3 In October 2014 the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications also relaunched postal delivery from abroad The postal system is slated to be implemented throughout the country via a new postal coding and numbering system 4 According to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mohamud Ibrihim Adan the relaunch s next phase will enable local residents to send letters to acquaintances overseas 8 Postal codes EditAs of October 2014 new postal codes have been developed for each of Somalia s eighteen administrative regions The postal codes are two letters such as AW for Awdal BN for Banaadir BR for Bari and SL for Sool 4 Additionally numbers have been allocated for each of the provinces and their districts 4 Import regulations EditPermit Edit The Somali Postal Service requires addressees within Somalia to have an import permit for all commercial goods 12 Prohibitions Edit Somali Post bans items on Australia Post s Dangerous and Prohibited Goods amp Packaging Post Guide including alcoholic beverages Lottery tickets and promotional materials are likewise proscribed 12 Special documentation Edit In terms of special documentation on imports Somali Postal Service requires that all incoming commercial goods be identified as commercial Private packages must also be labeled as private instead of as gift only personal effects or commercial 12 See also EditPostage stamps and postal history of Somalia Communications in SomaliaReferences Edit Ministry of Information Posts and Telecommunications Government of Somalia 2012 Retrieved 9 December 2012 a b c d Reconstruction of Somalia Post Presentation to the U P U Berne Somali Ministry of Information Posts and Telecommunications 2 March 2012 Retrieved 9 December 2012 Archived here a b International mail services officially resume in Somalia Universal Postal Union 1 November 2013 Retrieved 7 November 2013 a b c d Weekly Statement Progress of the Somali Government Diplomat News Network 11 October 2014 Retrieved 12 October 2014 a b c Union Postale June 2013 PDF Universal Postal Union Retrieved 2 August 2013 Royal Mail Service update International Royal Mail Retrieved 23 February 2013 a b Somalia to revive its Postal cooperation next year says minister Bar kulan 10 December 2012 Retrieved 11 December 2012 a b Somalia s government launches postal service BBC 13 October 2014 Retrieved 14 October 2014 Emirates Post and Somal Post sign agreement to establish money transfer and mail services AMEinfo com 30 June 2003 Retrieved 9 December 2012 Archived here a b Mail services could soon resume in Somalia Universal Postal Union 26 April 2013 Retrieved 27 April 2013 a b UAE to finance postal service in Somalia Sabahi 24 April 2013 Retrieved 4 August 2013 a b c Australia Post International Post Guide Australia Post Retrieved 28 February 2013 External links EditSomali Ministry of Information Posts and Telecommunications Australia Post Dangerous and Prohibited Goods and Packaging Post Guide Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Somali Postal Service amp oldid 1003900529, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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