10 million free stamps to be distributed to 1.4 million households

10 million free stamps to be distributed to 1.4 million households
The mailing guide (left) and free stamp booklet.

SINGAPORE - SingPost's 1,200 delivery staff have started delivering 10 million free stamps to 1.4 million residential households ahead of an increase in postage rates.

Each household will receive a stamp booklet comprising six 1st Local stamps. These stamps take the prevailing postage rate of 30 cents from Oct 1.

SingPost added that all franked mail customers will get a 5 per cent rebate for a year from Oct 1 to Sept 30 next year.

SingPost added that it will also be progressively distributing free stamps to over 130 charity homes for the elderly, young, disabled and other residential facilities. Each charity home will receive between 100 and 300 stamp booklets, depending on the capacity of the facility.

Along with the free stamp booklet, a mailing guide featuring tips on how to avoid delays in delivery or non-delivery will be distributed to residents.

SingPost noted that on a daily basis, about 14,000 letters/packets are not deliverable due to factors such as incomplete or incorrect address, no postage address or illegible handwriting.

SingPost also revealed that over the years, public letter mail has been on the decline with the prevalence of multiple e-communication platforms such as email, SMS and social networking sites. Today, the average Singaporean posts only six letters/cards a year.

The delivery of stamp booklets and mailing guides to households will be completed by Oct 1. More information on the stamp distribution can be found at www.singpost.com.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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