Tag: Latvijas Pasts

Latvian post company now licks stamps for a fee

Latvian state-owned postal company Latvijas Pasts has launched a new paid service of helping customers to prepare their mail, including licking stamps. As of August, post offices in the small Baltic nation have been charging 0.03 lats (5.8 US cents) for gluing stamps to envelopes.

Arranging mail takes additional time and resources, spokeswoman Inese Kreicberga told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

“Postal regulations provide that a client is responsible for preparing a letter to be sent, while the post delivers it,” Kreicberga said.

“To those clients who want postal operators to help them with drawing up a letter, the post can offer such a service for payment,” she said.

Latvijas Pasts has been plagued by financial troubles in recent months. The second least profitable company in the country, Latvijas Pasts lost 4.87 million lats (USD 9.56 million) in 2006, according to a report published earlier this week.

The company has raised rates for money order and faced a threat of employee strike at the end of July.

The government of Latvia is considering converting post offices throughout the country into postal banks, merging postal offices with bank branches in approximately 700 locations in the European Union Baltic country of 2.3 million people.

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Latvian Post is most likely to have to raise prices

Latvian Post(LP) will most probably have to raise the prices of its services, Latvian Transport Minister Ainars Slesers said on Tuesday.

LP will have to take several important decisions concerning the future development of the company. The minister said that he has a development plan to offer tot he company management, but he would like to see the plan developed by LP first. The minister said that he would meet LP management on Wednesday to discuss the action plan that the company will present concerning its further development.

“There are lots of post offices that make loss and will never make profit. The question is if the company has to sustain such branches? If they have to be sustained, the next question is — How?” said the minister, adding that the unprofitable post offices are sustained by the post workers. He admitted that press delivery price problem is the same, as these have not increased lately on the face of increasing costs.

Slesers said that a consideration should be given to the postal services to be subsidized by the government and the ones to be sustained by the company itself.

He said that the privatization of LP is not an issue at the moment. It is not planned and will not be allowed, but as postal liberalization is on the approach in the EU, possibly, decisions will have to be taken to attraction of private partnership to separate postal functions, not the post in general.

Slesers did not want to comment on the necessity of the resignation of Gints Skodovs, the head of LP.

Latvian Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis during a government session on Tuesday said that the salaries of the unprofitable offices and postal workers in general is the issue of the company management as the management of the company receives the salaries, which are among the highest in the country and, thus have to solve the crisis situation.

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Latvian Regulator approves new postal tariffs

The Public Services Regulatory Commission’s council today approved new postal tariffs for the “Latvijas Pasts” (LP) company, as Inese Krumina, acting head of the company’s public relations department, told LETA. The new tariffs will come into force January 1 next year.

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Pan-Baltic arrangement needed for co-operation with Dutch mail company

The Dutch mail company TPG Post International is not interested in cooperation only with the Latvian state-owned postal company Latvijas Pasts therefore the latter will urge other Baltic mail services to join in, said Latvijas Pasts director general Gints Skodovs. “The Dutch mail company is not interested in Latvia alone, it is interested in the entire Baltic region,” said Skodovs, who had met with TPG Post International management this week during the Latvian president’s visit to the Netherlands. He told BNS it had been agreed that Latvijas Pasts will arrange a meeting in Riga with participation of Estonian and Lithuanian mail companies in the coming months. Skodovs said Latvijas Pasts already was cooperating with one of TPG Post International subsidiaries, TNT Latvia, but on a small scale and this cooperation should be expanded in future.

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Latvian Mail co may co-operate with Spain in goods distribution in Baltic Sea region

The state-owned mail company Latvijas Pasts (Latvian Mail) has successfully started negotiations with Spanish mail company Correos y telegrafos about distribution of goods in the Baltic Sea region. Latvijas Pasts director general Gints Skodovs told BNS that his company wanted to develop its services by taking up also logistics. It has been agreed with the Spanish company that they could send to Latvia goods which Latvijas Pasts would then distributed in the Baltic states, Sweden, Russia and Poland. Skodovs said for now the two parties had agreed on specific “homework” that needs to be done for practical implementation of the cooperation discussed during talks in Spain.

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