Kyrgyz Express Post LLC (KEP) has been operating in the postal market of Kyrgyzstan since 16 March 2012 under the unlimited license no. 16-0028-КR granted on 19.08.16 by the State Communication Agency of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, providing a wide range of postal, financial and other services both to individuals and legal entities.
Pursuant to the decision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic dated 7 December 2012, Kyrgyz Express Post LLC was granted the status of second designated postal operator of Kyrgyzstan, which was further confirmed by the Universal Postal Union International Bureau circular 83 of 21 May 2013 (circular_83_en.docx). As a result, the information about KEP has been included in the basic UPU records and placed on the following pages of the UPU website www.upu.int:
- List of member countries
- Status of postal entities (pdf)
- Distribution of roles in accordance with the Convention and others.
Inasmuch as KEP provides postal delivery services on the basis of established tariffs, it has been decided to issue postage stamps of the second designated postal operator of the Kyrgyz Republic. The issue of each stamp goes through an approval process under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic (currently the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic).
KEP stamps represent a real payment instrument, ensuring payment for services of forwarding postal items from Kyrgyzstan to all UPU member countries. KEP stamps are sold at their face value. All mail sendings franked with KEP stamps can be executed only at KEP offices.
KEP stamps are a new phenomenon in the 175-year-old worldwide tradition of stamp issuing: for the first time in philatelic history the second postal operator of an UPU member country, designated according to article 2 of the Universal Postal Convention and operating throughout the entire territory of Kyrgyzstan, uses its own stamps for postage.
Check the Philately page for the detailed information about KEP philatelic production.