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History

Postal Services in Maldives

Postal Services officially introduced in 9 September 1906, when both the Government of Maldives and the Government of Sri Lanka, found the need to establish postal relation between Maldives and Sri Lanka. However, as per the history, exchanges of letters between neighboring countries did take place prior to the official establishment of the service between Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Post Office - Royal Air Force, Gan 

Sri Lankan “Twenty-Five Cent Stamp” with “Maldives” emblazoned on top

In the beginning, the postal service used Sri Lankan “Twenty-Five Cent Stamp” with “Maldives” emblazoned on top as postage. The first Maldivian postage stamp was produced in 1908 in the Maldives. This stamp with the Grand Minaret was printed in Great Britain.

As regard to the postage, Maldives Post first used the postage rate of India as postage for India and Sri Lanka and postage rates used for other countries were set according to rates provided by Universal Postal Union.

Until corporatization of postal service, postal services was provided as a government department and the service remained as a basic communication medium in the country for many decades. Low mail volume belonging to government communication at both locally and abroad was observed for a long period mainly due to lackluster socio-economic development.

Mail conveyance

Mail loading

Primary sorting

Sorting

Bag closing

Delivery

With the introduction of tourism in 1972 and emergence of other economic activities, the postal service acquired momentum and played a vital role in business and personal transactions contributing to socio-economic development of the country.

The postal service in the Maldives undergone through different phases of development and constantly evolved in response to the changing economic environment and repositioned in line with the requirements posed by the liberalization of global postal market, globalization, digital communications and technological advancements.

In 1994, the department of Post was transformed into a 100% government owned company with the objectives of achieving self-sufficiency, operational efficiency and sustainability securing funds to support USO provision across the country and abroad through diversification and profitability.

Global Postal Network

The postal service in the Maldives undergone through different phases of development and constantly evolved in response to the changing economic environment and repositioned in line with the requirements posed by the liberalization of global postal market, globalization, digital communications and technological advancements.

eTukuri local platform is devised in a way that will allow merchants to conduct their businesses at a very low operating cost, including inventory management, advertising, and distribution. Additionally, real-time online payment solutions will be provided to customers via BML payment gateway.

In conjunction with the new online platform, one of our most demanded and popular delivery point; Pikpost, which is currently available in Male’ and Hulhumale’, is a delivery mechanism that allows for ease of delivery and collection for customers. Additional Pikpost stations will be set up to cater to the market needs of eTukuri in populous locations of both Male region and outer islands.

Pikpost self service delivery method