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Postal service collapse

EDITOR, The Tribune.

While I know there is a general collapse of the postal service throughout the country, my comments are more specifically related to the Cable Beach Post Office where I have a post box. The Post Office has been closed for quite some time and a sign on the door says they are closed for maintenance “until further notice”.

Who knows when that will end? I have not found any incoming mail in my box there for over a month. Even the openings in the mail drop off boxes have been taped up so that we cannot drop off any mail there. How can businesses operate without mail service, especially for those of us who depend on overseas mail?

Does anyone in the Bahamas Postal Service know about customer service? If you have to shut the Post Office down, then you should find an alternative way to accept mail, if necessary by installing a temporary box. Why is it not possible for one or two staff members to go in daily at least to collect mail from the drop off box and stuff the individual boxes with inbound mail? Or is it that there is no inbound mail, because the whole system is not working? What are mailbox renters paying mailbox rental fees for? Why are taxpayers paying salaries to Post Office workers?

The way the postal service is operating, or rather not operating, is perhaps in violation of obligations under the Universal Postal Union. While there are persons monitoring the progress of the country in improving “ease of doing business”, is anyone monitoring the significant backward steps being taken with basic services such as this? Can we get mail please?

RJ

Nassau,

July 19, 2018.

Comments

Sickened 5 years, 11 months ago

This mail thing is a HUGE embarrassment. I have to tell our overseas clients NOT to send anything by mail because we probably won't get it. They look at me in wonderment and I know what they are thinking... "should I be doing business with these jokers?". Well soon we probably won't be doing business with overseas client - by mail at least. I acknowledge that 'mail' is a now ancient form of communication but it is still a necessity. GET THIS FIXED!!!!

OMG 5 years, 11 months ago

It collapsed over 30 years ago, what with mail going missing, magazines etc disappearing once they reach the P.O. and snail like delivery . Sickened is right avoid sending anything through the Bahamas postal service.

Dawes 5 years, 11 months ago

Agree with sickened. I have family overseas and tell them not to send any mail or parcels via regular mail, if they must then use UPS or the like. I also now do all my banking and utilities online so i am close to not needing a post box. What will be the most annoying factor will be the one item in my mail box at year end will be the bill for the post box.

Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 11 months ago

The Minnis-led FNM government would have us believe they can put our country on an even keel when they can't even do anything about our failed General Post Office system. Now that's a real joke!!

jackbnimble 5 years, 11 months ago

I too have been telling overseas clients NOT to send anything to The Bahamas by mail. '

I ordered a UK package in October, 2017 and did not get until May, 2018 and it was an important package. Also had another client send an envelope late January. The client waited until she had mailed it to tell me so I didn't have time to warn her. This is July and needless to say, it ain't reach yet!

It's pathetic!!

DWW 5 years, 11 months ago

why does it take years to fix? its not like we are launching for the moon. The first documented use of an organized courier service for the diffusion of written documents is in Egypt, where Pharaohs used couriers for the diffusion of their decrees in the territory of the State (2400 BC). The earliest surviving piece of mail is also Egyptian, dating to 255 BC.[4]. alas here in the sunny bahamas....

gbgal 5 years, 11 months ago

How about a 2017 Christmas card mailed in Freeport for a Freeport resident arriving in June 2018! From one side of the office to the other...

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