September 19, 2007 11:13
The number of parcels sent by post on Monday totaled 1.2 million, setting a new single day record in Korea's 123-year postal history, Korea Post said on Tuesday.
The figure is four times higher than the average number of parcels usually sent per day. It is also an increase of 25 percent from the 960,000 parcels sent on last year's Chuseok holidays and up 14 percent from the 1.05 million sent on Lunar New Year's Day.
The number of parcels registered in post offices reached 5.2 million between Sept. 10 to 17 (except Sunday), the first seven days of the special Chuseok postal delivery period of Sept. 10 to 23. That's an increase of 37 percent from the 3.8 million parcels registered over the same period last year.
Korea Post said the number of fresh product parcels for families in provincial areas is growing ahead of the holidays. The postal service is now using a special task force to deal with the growing number of letters and parcels at its headquarters, eight provincial service centers, and post offices across the nation.
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