- Isle of Man Post
Isle of Man Post ( _gv. Post Ellan Vannin), formerly the "Isle of Man Post Office", operates postal delivery and post office counter services on the
Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man's postal service was originally a part of the
United Kingdom's Royal Mail, with a daily postal connection with the UK since 1879. In 1966 the UK Government commenced planning to convert the General Post Officeinto a public corporation, and as part of this process offered each of the Crown Dependenciesthe opportunity to assume control of the operations of the GPO on their territories. On the 18 October 1968, Tynwalddecided that they did not wish to take up the offer, but provision was made in the Post Office Act 1969nonetheless.
In the Channel Islands, the authorities did accept the offer, and postal and telecommunications activities of the GPO were transferred in October 1969 to form
Jersey Postand Guernsey Post(telecoms activities were transferred to Jersey Telecomand Guernsey Telecomsrespectively).
In 1972, following negotiations by Tynwald to have the telephone system excluded from the transfer, it was agreed that the Isle of Man would, after all, take over control of the insular postal administration. As a result, the divestiture was completed on
5 July 1973and Isle of Man Post Office Authority was formed. The monies paid for the assets of the Royal Mail, £148,624, were recouped within the first year from the surpluses generated by the Authority. It was renamed to the Isle of Man Post Office in February 2004.
Telecommunications remained the responsibility of the GPO, but were later given their own identity as
Manx Telecom.Stamps with unique Isle of Man designs were first issued in 1971 as a variant of the 'Machin' design, and since 1973 they have been the only valid stamps on the island, and also not valid for postage in the UK or elsewhere. Isle of Man stamps have since become popular with philatelists throughout the world.
Isle of Man Post was reconstituted under the
Post Office Act 1993as a Statutory Board of Tynwald.
When sending mail to the Island from elsewhere, the Isle of Man is treated as though it were part of the United Kingdom, and mail from the UK continues to be charged at Royal Mail's UK inland rates. However, postcodes were not introduced in the Isle of Man until
1993, when the Island became the IM postcode area.
Mail sent from the Island to the UK is flown across the Irish Sea, and enters the first-class stream of the Royal Mail for next-day delivery. [ [http://www.gov.im/post/postal/delivery.xml Delivery Standards - Isle of Man Post Office Website ] ]
Isle of Man Post is a member of the
Small European Postal Administration Cooperation.
*Crown Post Offices
*Sub Post Offices
Port St. Mary
Regional postage in Great Britain
Communications on the Isle of Man
List of postal codes in the Isle of Man
* [http://www.gov.im/post/ Isle of Man Post]
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