Post office picks up pace for seasonal rush

| 11/12/2014

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Postal Service will be accommodating customers’ collection of Christmas packages this year by extended business hours to 7pm on weedays at the Airport Post Office from 20 to 24 December. The service has also produced a new set of Christmas stamps depicting local places of worship the South Sound Community Church, the Stake Bay Baptist Church, and the Little Cayman Baptist Church, illustrating the importance of the church in the Cayman community and in particular at Christmas time.

While Cayman first day covers are always sought after by philatalists, this year the stamps come in self-adhesive booklets for practical use as well.

This stamp issue reflects the local rate of 25¢ and for the first time and follows on from the Sister Islands Traditional Homes stamp collection.

“This Christmas stamp issue embodies that same theme.  These buildings depict places of worship and symbolize peace, both of which are also representative of the meanings of Christmas,” said Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow.

Officials are also reminding people to collect parcels, EMS or small pack items received by the Cayman Islands Postal Service by 23 December. The Customs Department requires all packages that need to be assessed to have an invoice, which may be emailed to or faxed to 345-945-6876.

Customers should also include the following information with their invoice:  The item’s tracking number (13 character number in the format of XX000 000 000 XX). The tracking number is essential to match the invoice to the package. The addressee’s name and postal address. The addressee’s email address (if available).

To further assist the CIPS, customers may submit a Watch For Request ( for any item with a tracking number. If the request includes a valid email address, the notice will be emailed to the customer as soon as the item is ready for collection.

See the CNS Noice Board for post office extended hours

For more information on the stamp issue please contact the Philatelic Bureau at 946-4757 or the General Post Office at 949-2474 or visit the CIPS website –

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Don't blame the slaves in operations…look at the slave drivers at the top. Treatment of staff it's a miracle they are still in operation. Look at the numbers that have left and not been replaced.

  2. Diogenes says:

    I liked the bit where they invite you to send them the invoice before going to collect the parcel, so they can work out which ones have the valuable stuff in them 😉  

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Christmas last posting date for Christmas 2015 will be coming up shortly.  So if you want your relatives to ensure that your pressies for next Christmas are delivered damaged, for a fee, in a manner that raises blood pressure and with no concept of customer services, make sure they get posting soon.  And remember if it is a surprise present, they have to send you the invoice too. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Extended hours are no good if they only put one person at the counter to deal with customers. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realise that Friday lunch time 2 weeks before Xmas will be busy and yet today I was in line for 40 minutes with only one member of staff working at the airport post office. Poor customer service 

  5. Anonymous says:

    I pleaded with my relatives, please don't send me anything though the mail fro Christmas!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well they cannot go slower! I am waiting for a package from April that I am guessing is lying somewhere in the Post Office. Probably fell off the table when they were sorting it and nobody has bothered to bend down and pick it up yet!

    They need to have a regular clean out of the place – bet there are loads of old mail just lying around.

    They really are  disgrace.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Snails are faster by far for local mail.

  8. Anonymous says:

    "Picks up pace"….from dead slow nearly stopped to sluggish.

    • xxx says:

      Do you know the volume of mail that is dealt with on a daily basis ?  'Do you know what is involved with incoming and outgoing mail ?  Do you think it is just opening the bag and sticking it in your box ?  Come and spend a day or two watching what ACTUALLY happens in the process of handling mail before you start criticizing.

      • Anonymous says:

        I really hope this is sarcasm.  In the UK, you post a letter on a Monday in the South and by Tuesday morning it is pushed through the letter box in North.  Do you know the volume of mail that is dealt with on a daily basis in the UK and yet they still manage it.

      • Anonymous says:


        Do you know the volume of patients a doctor in the public hospitals have to see  in one day?  Yet they still get to you that same day with your sick self…

        Service is service without excuses.  Some of the managers/persons that make the decisions for how some of these places are run ie. one attendant during lunch hour rush – would still expect good service if that were them at the hospitals or waiting in line at another establishment.