Postal services in the UK - statistics & facts

The postal services industry is deeply enveloped in structural changes affecting its different sectors. While the introduction of e-mail and instant messaging have seen mail volumes decline steadily in the past two decades, e-commerce has become the greatest contributing factor to a growth in parcel shipments. In 2019, over 15 billion packages were sent domestically within industrialized countries, accounting for the greatest share of global shipments. This figure was noticeably larger than the one for international deliveries.

UK postal services industry performance

The United Kingdom postal and courier industry currently generates over 26.4 billion British pounds in turnover, which translates into greater contributions towards the national economy. In 2019, the chained volume index of the postal activities GVA reached its peak since the beginning of the reporting period. Consumers within the highest ten percentile of gross income decile groups spend the most on mail and parcel delivery services, at 1.1 British pound of weekly household expenditure.Letter volume in the UK amounted to ten million pieces while parcel shipments climbed to an astonishing 2.8 billion in 2020.

History of Royal Mail

Established in 1516, Royal Mail operated as a public postal service provider for most of its history, before the government sold the majority shares following the Postal Services Act in 2011. The recently privatized company reported over 12.6 billion British pounds in revenue in its 2021 fiscal year. Royal Mail is responsible for the delivery of 9.5 billion addressed letters and 1.7 billion parcels in the UK.

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Postal services in the UK - statistics & facts

The postal services industry is deeply enveloped in structural changes affecting its different sectors. While the introduction of e-mail and instant messaging have seen mail volumes decline steadily in the past two decades, e-commerce has become the greatest contributing factor to a growth in parcel shipments. In 2019, over 15 billion packages were sent domestically within industrialized countries, accounting for the greatest share of global shipments. This figure was noticeably larger than the one for international deliveries.

UK postal services industry performance

The United Kingdom postal and courier industry currently generates over 26.4 billion British pounds in turnover, which translates into greater contributions towards the national economy. In 2019, the chained volume index of the postal activities GVA reached its peak since the beginning of the reporting period. Consumers within the highest ten percentile of gross income decile groups spend the most on mail and parcel delivery services, at 1.1 British pound of weekly household expenditure.Letter volume in the UK amounted to ten million pieces while parcel shipments climbed to an astonishing 2.8 billion in 2020.

History of Royal Mail

Established in 1516, Royal Mail operated as a public postal service provider for most of its history, before the government sold the majority shares following the Postal Services Act in 2011. The recently privatized company reported over 12.6 billion British pounds in revenue in its 2021 fiscal year. Royal Mail is responsible for the delivery of 9.5 billion addressed letters and 1.7 billion parcels in the UK.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 22 most important statistics relating to "Postal services in the UK".

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