An average of fifteen parcels were delivered per Belgian resident in 2019. In other words: 1 package per 24 days according to the information provided by the Post and Telecommunications Authority BIPT on Friday. Letter mail recorded the largest drop in volume since 2012. The number of mailboxes to be sent fell by 20.6 percent.
The numbers come from the latest Post Observatory. The trends are well known: We are ordering more and more parcels, but sending fewer and fewer letters.
Both trends together led to sales growth of 4.7 percent for the entire postal market. This growth was higher than in 2018 (+3.5 percent). This is due to the strong growth in parcels and a weaker decline in sales of letter post (more expensive stamps partially compensate for the lower volume of letters, publisher).
The parcel and express mail volume rose by 15.7 percent, slightly less than in the previous year. The associated sales growth (+10.6 percent) was higher, however.
“An average of 24 parcels per year or one parcel every 24 days are delivered per Belgian resident. For comparison: in 2010 fewer than 6 parcels per year per inhabitant or one parcel every 64 days were delivered, ”said a press release.
Letter mail recorded the largest drop in volume since 2012: -7.2 percent compared to -5.1 percent in 2018. However, the decline in sales in 2019 (-1.1 percent) was the smallest since 2012. “This difference between the development of Revenue and volume are related to bpost’s sharp price increase in 2019. “
Last year, the average number of letters per inhabitant was 125, compared to 204 in 2010. In addition, the decline in the volume and sales of newspapers and magazines accelerated.
Finally, the number of mailboxes to be sent fell sharply, as bpost “strongly” reduced the number of red mailboxes and TBC-Post no longer used them. At the end of 2019 there were only 10,005 mailboxes, more than a fifth fewer than the 12,597 in the previous year.