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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Postal Ships

Ximena Hinrichs Oyarce

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 August 2020

Subject(s):
International co-operation — Ships / vessels

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 As of the 19th century, States entrusted the provision of postal services to postal ships, which were public or private vessels regularly used for the maritime transportation of mail. Postal ships had to fly a particular flag and enjoyed a special status. Private vessels used for the carriage of mail were heavily subsidized. With a view to maintaining direct and regular communication with overseas, States also promoted and organized international postal routes with fixed itineraries and schedules. These postal routes were operated by private companies receiving...
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