Russian Post improves international e-commerce shipments

In order to improve Russian customers’ foreign e-commerce experience Russian Post has announced it is amending its procedures for handling international parcels to make “the delivery of shipments from foreign online stores faster and more convenient”.

Russian Post put a notice on its website on the 9th December saying that it is encouraging foreign postal administrators to recommend online retailers send their packages to the Russian Federation as registered items. According to the postal operator this will increase the level of customer service and improve transparency.

According to Russian Post the new procedure will come into effect from the 1st January and an alert has been sent to all designated postal operators in Universal Postal Union (UPU) countries. They say that postal administrations from 35 countries have already supported the initiative.

In other news from Russia, local media reports that Russian Post has bought two cargo planes in order to meet the increased demand of e-commerce in the country. Until now the postal operator has been using the cargo services of partner air carriers.

An article published in the Siberian Times on the 8th 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.
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