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Express Mail Service (EMS) for faster postal deliveries. Lau says that the volume of domestic mail in the SAR is ‘stable’ from one year to the next, with most of it coming from government departments, businesses, banks and insurance firms. “But the volume of international mail is falling by between 5 and 17 per cent a year,” she claims. “This is a result of the development of telecommunications and electronic media – and also the keen competition from the private sector.” The CTT’s 2018 annual report records decreases in outgoing international mail and outgoing air mail from 2017 by 4 per cent and 17 per cent respectively. The total volume of international mail last year was 6.28 million items, down from 6.42 million in 2017 and 7.58 million in 2013. But the volume of local mail last year was up at 30.6 million items, compared to 29.66 million in 2017 and 30.52 million in 2013. Lau notes that the postal market is extremely competitive – especially when it comes to private courier companies. “We have a stable business with our EMS from countries like Japan and South Korea,” she says. “But the growth of our business is slower than that of the private companies. Our costs are high and their management is more flexible. We cannot compete on price but we do believe that the quality of service is guaranteed.” Being a government department, the CTT cannot hire non-Macao citizens, which the courier companies can. “This ban applies to all departments,” says Lau. “If the government removed it, the unions would protest. This issue touches on major policy issues, such as what kind of people the government wants as the citizens of Macao in the future.”

Collecting stamps Philately has always been an important service of the CTT. Visitors to the main Macau Post building are surrounded by panels showing the rich variety of commemorative stamps which the department has issued over 135 years. Prior to 1999, Macao’s postage stamps bore the Portuguese words ‘Republica Portuguesa’ but they now bear the words ‘Macau, China’. The city started selling stamps in

1884 – and they were originally designed and printed in Portugal and sent to Macao. From 1982, the CTT started to use Macao designers and themes, as well as international and Chinese elements. And from 2000, it initiated international tendering so it could obtain more qualified international printers and more specialist techniques, meaning the SAR’s stamps could look even more beautiful than before. None of the stamps are printed in Macao, however – they

(From top) Postmen in Macao made their rounds on bicycles in the 1950s (photo courtesy of CTT); soldiers march past the main post building on 28 May 1950 (photo courtesy of Arquivo de Macau)

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Macao Magazine September 2019  

We have found alarming figures on plastic waste over the course of putting together this issue: 160,000 plastic bags are used every second a...

Macao Magazine September 2019  

We have found alarming figures on plastic waste over the course of putting together this issue: 160,000 plastic bags are used every second a...