Russian Post aiming to speed up e-commerce shipments
Russian Post has announced that it is amending its procedures for handling incoming international parcels in order to make “the delivery of shipments from foreign online stores faster and more convenient”. In a notice posted on its website today (9 December), Russian Post said that it is encouraging foreign postal administrators to recommend that online retailers send their packets to the Russian Federation as registered items. Russian Post said that this will increase the level of customers service and provide more transparency.
Russian Post said that the new procedure comes into effect on 1 January and an alert has been sent to all the designated postal operators in Universal Post Union (UPU) countries.
Russian Post added that the postal administrations from 35 countries have already supported the initiative.
Meanwhile, there have been reports in the Russian media that Russian Post has bought and started operating two cargo planes, in order to meet the surging demands of e-commerce. Up until now, Russian Post has used the cargo services of other air carriers.
An article published in the Siberian Times yesterday (8 December) quoted Russian Post’s director general Dmitry Strashnov as saying: ‘The launch of post aviation is a new step in development of postal logistics that will allow us to reduce delivery time to Far East and Extreme North.’
According to the Siberian Times, the planes’ first services flew from Vnukovo airport in Moscow to Irkutsk and Anadyr, and from the capital city to Nizhnevartovsk and Yakutsk.