- The postal network constitutes the largest physical distribution network in the world.
- 5.24 million people are employed by the world’s postal services.
- There are some 679,500 postal establishments in the world.
- Posts processed an estimated 327.4 billion letter-post items (323.9 billion domestic items; 3.46 billion international items) in 2014.
- Between 2013 and 2014, domestic letter-post traffic went down 2.5%, while that of international mail went down 7.3%.
- While there is a general decrease in global letter-post volumes, this service still accounts for the bulk of postal revenues (41.8% in 2014). Moreover, the average weight of letter-mail globally has increased by 31 per cent.
- On a world average, each inhabitant receives 45.6 letter-post items a year.
- Posts processed about 7.38 billion domestic parcels in 2014 —3.1% more items than in the previous year.
- Traffic of international parcels in 2014 was 101 million items, 5.7% higher than the previous year. Items sent were also heavier, as tonnage grew by about 12% on 2013.
Global postal revenues
- Global postal revenues reached 239 billion SDR (330 billion USD) in 2014, an increase of 2% in nominal terms over 2013, due partly to e-commerce.
- Letters represented 41.8% of these revenues (roughly 138 billion USD), with letter-mail falling to 327.4 billion items.
- Postal financial services generated 17.1% of revenues (56.4 billion USD), up from 14.5% in 2013.
- 19.1% of revenues (63 billion USD) came from parcels and logistic services, compared to 18.6% of revenues in 2013.
- Other sources of revenue accounted for 22% of global postal revenues. These include services such as electronic postal services and the sale of retail articles.
- 85.6% of the world’s population receives its mail directly at home.
- 11.3% of the world’s inhabitants must go to a postal establishment to collect their mail.
- An estimated 3.1% of the world’s inhabitants do not have access to postal services.
Source: UPU, Development of postal services in 2014.