History

Once upon a time

2015

bpost is selected for the concessions relating to the distribution of the press in Belgium for the period 2016-2020
Acquisition of CityDepot
Launch first MSM (Mixed Sorting Machine)

2014

Launch of new projects to generate new income, such as the “combo.be” service

2013

On 21 June 2013 bpost issues an IPO and becomes a listed company.

Acquisition Landmark Global in US

2011

On 1 January 2011 the Belgian postal market is completely opened up to competition.

2010

De Post-La Poste changes its name to bpost.

2009

Post Danmark A/S leaves the consortium and the strategic partnership.
CVC Capital Partners becomes the sole private shareholder in De Post-La Poste alongside the Belgian state.

2007

A new sorting centre – Liege X – opens in January. Brussels X is also modernised.

2006

De Post-La Poste receives the assistance of a strategic partner to enable it to modernise further and prepare for the full liberalisation of the postal market: Post Danmark A/S and CVC[i] take a joint 49.99% shareholding in De Post-La Poste.
The market for mail weighing more than 50g is opened up to competition.
Three new sorting centres are also opened in 2006: Ghent X (May), Charleroi X (August) and Antwerp X (in November).

2003

De Post-La Poste launches an ambitious modernisation plan to prepare for the complete opening up of the postal market to competition. The market for mail weighing more than 100g is opened up to competition.

2000

In March De Post-La Poste becomes a company limited by shares under public law.

1997

In May the first EU Directive (97/67/EC) on the path to full liberalisation of the postal services market is approved. The market for mail weighing more than 350g is opened up to competition.

1992

Regie der Posterijen-Régie des Postes is converted into an autonomous state enterprise and is given a new name. Regie der Posterijen-Régie des Postes becomes De Post-La Poste (Belgium).

1971

The first step is taken towards more administrative autonomy, and the Belgian postal service changes its name: "Administratie van De Post-Administration de la Poste" becomes "Regie der Posterijen-Régie des Postes”.

1969

Introduction of postal codes in Belgium.

1967

First optical mail sorting at the Brussels X sorting centre.

1963

Under a new law, every household must have its own letterbox.

1849

Belgium issues its first postage stamp, the legendary “Epaulette”, with the portrait of Leopold I.

1841

Daily postal delivery is introduced, including in rural areas.

1840

On 28 January the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain.

1830

The Belgian postal service becomes a government service. The arrival of the railway sounds the death knell of the post-chaises.