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Thailand Post said it has upgraded its air mail delivery system and launched what it claimed is the world’s first regulated postal authority that meets the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standard.

Thailand Post president Samorn Therdthamphiboon said the authority has a certificate for air mail transport services from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) that upgrades the Suvarnabhumi Postal Center as the world’s first regulated postal authority that screens for unsafe and prohibited items.

The Suvarnabhumi mail center meets international security standards and is certified by the CAAT in accordance with requirements prescribed by the ICAO, reported the National News Bureau of Thailand.

For instance, entry to and exit from the building must be controlled with a fingerprint scanning system for identification. All operating staff must go through a body search with a metal detector. Thirty-six CCTV cameras have been installed, plus security guards are on patrol around the clock.

There are also postal security measures such as having senders at every post office nationwide recorded. Another measure involves mail inspection using a 2D x-ray machine three times to detect hazardous substances.

Certification from the regulated postal authority will help build confidence in terms of security standards for airlines and will keep carriers free of harmful materials and illegal items. Senders who violate the rules will be punished with imprisonment not exceeding two years and a fine not exceeding THB80,000 (US$2,560) or both.

Thailand Post said it will expand the establishment of regulated postal authority to other international airports in the regions including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Udon Thani.

A state enterprise that provides postal services in the country, Thailand Post has 19 logistical centers across the country, 1,300 post offices, and 3,300 post office licensees. Its goal is to fully automate postal and delivery operations as well as back office procedures by 2021.

Thailand Post said its 2018 revenue hit THB30.8 billion, with double-digit growth in net profit expected in 2019 due to the success of e-commerce.

Photo courtesy of National News Bureau of Thailand

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