Introduction to the Universal Postal Union


The Universal Postal Union (UPU) established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874 signed by 22 countries coordinates postal policies among member nations, and the worldwide postal system. After becoming a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1948, the UPU works within the UN system to partner with many other relevant UN organizations on areas that affect the global supply chain. Learn more about the UPU at the Universal Postal Union website.

5,260,911 staff worldwide

3,598,442,089 international letter post items dispatched

668,445 permanent post offices worldwide

176,134,516 international parcels dispatched

85.8% had mail delivered to home

9.4% had mail to be collected at a postal facility

For more information and key statistics, please visit the Postal Statistics webpage.