Saint Lucia’s postal history dates as far back as 1762, when it shared a Deputy Postmaster General with four other islands. In the years following, war between the French and English saw the disintegration and reestablishment of the postal system in St Lucia more than once.
But by 1850 an operational system was reinstated, with Castries as a branch of the British Post Office. Operations expanded with a daily inland post established between Castries and Soufriere. 1860 marked the inauguration of local control of the post office to St Lucia, with St Lucia’s first postage stamp being issued on 18th December 1860. Fast forward well over a century later, Saint Lucia Postal Service has come a long way and today comprises a network of 46 strategically located post offices covering the length and breadth of the island, with affordable services accessible by the populace. Saint Lucia Postal Service is the main provider of postal services for a population of approximately 170,000 inhabitants within a 238sq mile. It serves as the link between Saint Lucia and countries around the world, with its highest mail exchange between the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Saint Lucia Postal Service is managed by a team consisting of 176 members.
Services have evolved over the years in tune with the needs and wants of our customers. St. Lucians and visitors alike, have access to a myriad of postal services including:
· Letter Post and Parcel Post
· Express Mail Service
· Exchange of reply coupons
· Acceptance/delivery of parcel
· Issuance and encashment of British Postal Orders and money orders
· Private letter box rentals
· Home delivery
Saint Lucia Postal Service does not operate in isolation, and is one of the 191 members of the Universal Postal Union, a United Nations specialized agency. The Universal Postal union was established in 1874, has its headquarters in Berne Switzerland.
Saint Lucia Postal Service is also a member of the Caribbean Postal Union which was established in Saint Lucia in September 1997, where 15 Caribbean postal administrations signed the CPU conventions and protocols. To date there consists of 24 Caribbean territories plus the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada and Netherlands.
The secretariat for the regional coordinator for the Universal Postal Union and the technical officer for the Caribbean Postal Union, is based at General Post office, Castries, St. Lucia.