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Old 24.06.2009, 12:52
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Re: Why pay extra for A post?

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too funny Sutter, and kind of unbelievable.
Tks and i think it could only happen to me
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Old 24.06.2009, 16:03
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Re: Why pay extra for A post?

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Part of the "international" problem is that (AFAICR) the receiving postal organisation don't get any revenue from post that arrives from overseas but they still have to deliver it.
The former isn't correct, the Universal Postal Union has a clearing system with terminal dues and transit charges:

http://www.upu.int/terminal_dues/en/index.shtml

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Old 28.06.2009, 10:18
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Re: Why pay extra for A post (priority mail)?

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I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but I have sent quite a few letters via A post to the United States, and I don't know why, but it still takes them forever to arrive! I used to send things via B post to the U.S., but when I realized that it took approx. 2 months for a simple letter to arrive there, I started paying extra for A post to speed things up.
Most likely the problem is, that the Swiss postal office doesn't mark those letters as AIRMAIL. I'm pretty sure that most postal employees in the US have no clue what those silly Swiss "A-Post/Priority" stickers mean.

Try to get your hands on some Air Mail stickers or simply write "AIR MAIL" on your letters. Hope this will help.
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Old 28.06.2009, 10:35
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I'm not sure if the separation is much additional work, but I've heard through the grapewine that the A and B priority mailings indeed pass all the same stages and the B bin just gets rolled in a corner for a while if there are A mailings around.
On that point, I never get B post deliveries on a Saturday. A post yes, B post, no.
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Old 28.06.2009, 10:39
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Try to get your hands on some Air Mail stickers or simply write "AIR MAIL" on your letters. Hope this will help.
That also works in many other countries around the world. It's well worth getting hold of a set of stickers.
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Old 28.06.2009, 11:06
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Re: Why pay extra for A post (priority mail)?

I had a chance to visit the Eclépens sorting centre last week. Quite impressive. It was opened last summer. Here is the article from WRS (sorry the link thing does not want to work).

http://www.worldradio.ch/wrs/news/sw...ed.shtml?11853

There are there sorting centres in CH. Eclépens (VD) handles the west of the country, Zürich-Mülligen handles the east and Härkingen (SO) handles the middle of the country.

We had a long explanation of the A and B question. The sorting centre works on a 3 x 8 shift basis. The A letters are handled right away. So if you post something with A postage in a box or at a post office anywhere in CH in time for the evening pick up, it should be delivered the next morning anywhere in CH. This is of course barring any technical problems which of course can happen.

The B letters that arrive during the day are stored in elevator system (30'000 box spaces) to then be sorted on the next two shifts. This way Swiss Post does process smoothing across the three shifts.

B letters "normally" should arrive at "day of posting + two days". As we all know this does not always happen.

All of the sorting of A must be done by 22:00 as the trains to the two other sorting centres leave just after. The A letters of the day go on these trains plus what every B they can then fit in.

The A letters that stay within the zone plus what the centre receives from the other two centres for their zone are then sorted by post code and sent out overnight by truck to meet the morning deliver timing. B is added to fill out the truck.

ALL international letters go to Zürich before they leave the country. So a letter posted in Geneva in the late afternoon will be in Zürich around 1 am and then will be put in bags by country to be shipped to the airport (for most countries). Then it is a question of catching the next available flight.

So in total, it takes one to two days for an international letter to leave CH. The rest of the delivery time is flight time and local delivery at the other end.

This is the process for letters. It might be slightly different for packages which have another flow/sorting centres.

I have had excellent results with letters to Canada. Most times it is in the 4-5 days range.
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Old 28.06.2009, 23:54
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On that point, I never get B post deliveries on a Saturday. A post yes, B post, no.
Like Goldtop stated, this is an official difference between A and B post.
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