Delivery of letters from PostNL may soon only take place three times a week.
16.7 million cards and letters are expected to go through the PostNL system today, the mail deliverer's busiest day of the year. Postal workers will pull down 50% more hours this week than other work weeks as the company prepares to process 145 million holiday cards.
Dutch mail company PostNL plans to sell a 15% stake, or about €540 million, in TNT Express through a private placement, Reuters reports.
King Willem-Alexander accepted the first copy of the new permanent royal stamp Wednesday afternoon.
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On Wednesday, PostNL released two special stamps issued to mark the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. One stamp is for regular mail and has the letters 'W' and 'A' and the text ‘Willem-Alexander 30 IV 2013 Nederland’. The other stamp is for registered mail and shows an image of Beatrix and Willem-Alexander together with the text ‘30 April 2013’.
The coalition parties VVD and PvdA understand that the price of stamps must increase, but, at the same time, they warn that this cannot always be the solution to the financial problems at PostNL.
"The rates should not rise indefinitely," said VVD MP Bart de Liefde. "I hope that this is not going to happen every year," said Labour (PvdA) MP Mei Li Vos.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wrote to the House on Wednesday that he made an agreement with PostNL about increasing the price of stamps up to 6 cents beginning July 1st.