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Russian Post to build automated mail sorting centre in Rostov

May 23, 2012, 22:20 UTC+3

The new centre will occupy an area of 17,000 square metres and have a capacity of up to 500,000 mailings a day

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, May 23 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Post will build a new automated mail sorting centre in Rostov-on-Don that will service the Rostov, region, Krasnodar Territory, Kalmykia and Adygeya.

The new centre will occupy an area of 17,000 square metres and have a capacity of up to 500,000 mailings a day. It will use new information technologies already employed in other such centres.

The project has been included in the Rostov region governor’s 100 investment projects, which guarantees that the centre will be connected to all utilities in due time, Deputy Governor Viktor Goncharov said.

Russian Post has 86 branches, about 42,000 facilities that render postal services across the country, including all cities and rural settlements. Russian Post employs about 380,000 people. Every year Russian Post accepts, processes and delivers more than 1.5 billion letters, 48 million parcels and 113 million mailings.

Russian Post offers more than 80 postal, financial, information and communication and other services. Post offices deliver pensions, grants and periodicals to subscribers. Post offices accept payments for utility bills, issue loans, cash credit cards, issue insurance policies, sell lottery, railway, air and theatre tickets, and also consumer goods. They also offer access to the Internet.

Russian Post has announced plans to expand the sale of train and plane tickets more than 30 times.

This will make the network of the national postal operator the biggest ticket-selling network in the country.

The project started off in Sakhalin, Krasnoyarsk and Krasnodar territories in August 2011. Online train and plane tickets are now available for Russian Post customers across the country.

Currently post offices in 17 Russian regions sell electronic train and air tickets.

Russian Post sells tickets of 200 airlines to any destination, including international flights. The tickets are sold in all of more than 20,000 post offices connected to the Internet.

Russian Post has opened a public reception office for its customers and employees who need consultation or who want to file a complaint.

Russian Post is a founding member of the Universal Postal Union created in 1874. In 1902, the Main Postal Service was made part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and it became part of the Ministry of Post and Telegraph in 1917 under the Provisional Government.

In 1993, Russian Post became a part of the Ministry of Communications and in 2002 its status changed from a government ministry to a unitary enterprise as part of the reform of federal postal communication agencies. The company is headquartered in Moscow. 

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