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Postal dept introduces new global size envelope

MAKING YET another bid to be in the competition with the private couriers, the Postal Department has come up with an international standard size envelope after 36 years. The international size aims at making the users convenient, and stops them from purchasing a bigger envelope from open market.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:20 IST
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MAKING YET another bid to be in the competition with the private couriers, the Postal Department has come up with an international standard size envelope after 36 years. The international size aims at making the users convenient, and stops them from purchasing a bigger envelope from open market.

What more, all this has been done while keeping the cost of the envelope unchanged — Rs 5 apiece. The change in the size of the envelope would be precisely 220 mm X 110 mm and the size in form of A-4 is identified under ISO-269 code of the International Organisation for Standardization. According to Senior Superintendent of Postal Offices here KK Yadav, the size also confirms the requirement of the Universal Postal Union.

The envelope is currently available in various post offices in the city and the same would be available throughout the country after the old stock gets over.

The change in size was launched on July 18, 2005. The embossed envelopes this time would of two colours. One would be in light yellow which has Mahabalipuram Rath embossed on it while an off-white colour envelope had been introduced in the same size on October 10. Interestingly, the change in the size of the envelope has been made after it was first changed on May 1, 1969 to the current rectangular form from the square size which was first introduced in way back 1949. Yadav also said that the new envelope was machinable and could be sorted automatically at the Automatic Mail Processing Centres and this would address to the needs of corporate and bulk customers.