Latvia is about as far east as you can go in Europe, bordering Russia itself to the east. Due to this, traditionally parcels to Latvia itself can take an incredibly long time, not to mention expensive. As such, a large number of people are looking to alternative methods to send parcels there.
One of the primary methods of delivery used to today is courier services. These are often incredibly time effective, especially in comparison to typical mail services.
Latvia is one of the farthest eastern countries in Europe with its eastern border being shared with Russia. It has had an interesting past being part of that European melting pot that has seen so many changes imposed upon it over the centuries. It first started its postal system very early, basically for governmental services only. From 1581 to 1621 it was controlled by the Duchy of Livonia and from 1621 to 1710 it was part of Swedish Livonia and the governmental system continued through this period and was gradually expanded to take in clerics, universities, cities and merchants.
In the 16th Century the postal services expanded and in 1634 the Postmaster General of Prussia and Livonia, Jacob Becker was appointed by the King of Sweden and he installed the first public postal system. The country progressed with the rest of Europe until after the First World War it declared its own independence. After the Second World War it was occupied by Russia and used the Russian State postal system until its latest independence on the 21st August 1991. The result is that from being very advanced in its commercial dealings around the world it lost its position a little and is now rapidly trying to make up lost ground.
Parcel Post has become a problem as the normal methods of delivery were slow, partly because of its location far away from the European business hubs and partly as a throwback to the rather bureaucratic systems set up in the Soviet era.
This is now changing rapidly and Worldwide Parcel Services has been able to set up parcel services, which will get the parcel to its destination from the UK in 2 to 6 days. This is an excellent time and will only get better. The trade in this area is expanding and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
This area has developed a large cruise ship trade and also short and longer term holiday breaks from the UK and the expanding contact will result in an increased international trade. Latvia has a free trade agreement with the EU and this had reduced most industrial products to zero but there are still some exceptions so double-check before sending your parcel.
It is important to bear in mind the following points when you send a parcel to Latvia:
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