Itella Posti Oy's network of service points still meets the requirements of the Postal Act

Published 03.09.2012 Twice a year, FICORA reviews how Itella Posti Oy's network of service points complies with statutes. During the first half of 2012, the network of service points met the requirements of the Postal Act.

At the end of June 2012, Itella Posti Oy had 114 own service points and 828 postal agency shops. In addition, the company maintained 11 parcel pickup outlets and 75 SmartPost automatic parcel terminals. The number of letter boxes totalled almost 7,200 and stamps were sold at nearly 7,200 sales outlets.

At the end of June 2012, service points, collection points and SmartPost automatic parcel terminals were available to 82 per cent of the Finnish population within a distance of three kilometres. 97 per cent of the population were within a distance of no more than ten kilometres from the service and collection points and SmartPost automatic parcel terminals. Each municipality had a service point provided in the Postal Act.

Government Decree on the location of postal service points entered into force on 19 March 2012. The Decree specifies the requirements of the nationwide coverage and location of postal service points. According to the Decree, a service point shall be available to 82 per cent of the users of postal services within a distance of no more than three kilometres of their permanent residence and to 97 per cent within a distance of no more than ten kilometres. A service point other than a so called full service point may be taken into account when measuring the distances, provided that the service points are located such that the users can conduct their business at a service point within a reasonable distance of their permanent residence and at which products and services falling within the scope of a universal service are available to consumers.

Further information:

Harri Rasilainen, Development Manager, tel. +358 9 6966 784, +358 40 707 8282

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