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The postal service has been partially deregulated. The major company people have long turned to for most of their postal requirements is called Deutsche Post. The former monopoly offers many services including automated package collection stations. Mailboxes are placed across the region and a red dot found on many of them signifies more regular collection intervals.

Mail delivery is available from several companies that offer their services to businesses large and small, hence some letters such as bank statements or utility bills may be delivered by them.

Packages handed over at a post office are delivered by their subsidiary DHL. Alternative operators include Hermes, UPS, GLS and others.

A useful service for those who move to a new home in Germany or relocate abroad is the forwarding of mail for six months, a period that can also be extended.

Amateur philatelists and writers who still enjoy sending letters with special edition stamps, Sondermarken, have a relatively small choice and should specifically ask for them at the counter. A larger selection is available at central post offices. Some come with an extra charge which is donated to a charitable or non-profit cause.

By Vincent Green, Jun 27 2021

Deutsche Post AG

Kortumstrasse 100
44787 Bochum

+49 228 550 055 36


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Beach scene with sunbathers


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Park landscape with bench