Tanzania Posts Corporation

Tanzania Posts Corporation
Industry Postal services, courier
Founded 1994
Headquarters Posta House, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania
Area served
Tanzania / Worldwide
Key people
Deos Khamis Mndeme (Postmaster General & CEO)
Services Letter post, parcel service, EMS, delivery, Financial services
Owner Government of Tanzania
Website www.posta.co.tz/index.htm

Tanzania Posts Corporation is the company responsible for postal service in Tanzania and was established in 1994.[1]


German Postal Services

10 pesa on 20 pfennig overprint of 1893, used 5 July 1894 at Tanga

A German postal agency was established on 27 February 1885 in Lamu using German stamps for mail.[2] The Postal Service was operated jointly along with telegraph service administered under the German East African authority. Mail was carried from the colony to Europe using steamers and only post offices along the coast had regular service. At its peak the government operated 54 post offices (1913). The German government also had set up a network of telegraphs and telephones, In 1914 there were 34 telegraph offices operating 2,537 kilometers of land lines.[3]

British Takeover and East African Postal Services

After the British took over control of Tanganyika, the postal service was handled by them. The British consolidated all the postal and communication entities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika (KUT) under the umbrella of the East African Posts and Telecommunications Administration.[4] Even post-independence in the early 1960s the postal and communications services were managed under the newly formed East African Community.[5] However, after the East African community was dissolved in 1977 the Tanzanian government established the Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (TP&TC).[6]

Formation of Tanzania Posts Corporation

On December 31, 1993, the parliament enacted multiple laws to help deregulate the operations of posts and telecommunications in increase their autonomy and efficiency. Following this three new independent organizations were created.[6]

Tanzania Postal Bank

The Tanzania postal bank was formed before the TPC however, the banking division was part of the Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (TP&TC). However, from 1 March 1992, the Tanzania postal bank was established as a successor to the Tanganyika Post office Savings which was established by the Post Office Savings Bank Ordinance of 1925 and became operational in 1927.[7]

Post Office Distribution

Kigoma Post Office.

The Posts Corporation is mandated to run as a corporation without receiving funds from the Budget. This means that the corporation had to consolidate a large number of its loss making branches. To help serve the rural population continue to have access to the service the corporation started to franchise post offices. The Posts Corporation operates its mail delivery network using three types of post offices: Departmental Post Offices;Franchised Post offices and SUB post offices.[8][9]

Region Postal Code Departmental Franchised SUB Total Zone
Arusha Region 23xxx 16 1 1 27 Northern
Dar es Salaam Region 1xxxx 28 6 6 40 Coastal
Dodoma Region 41xxx 4 12 8 24 Central
Iringa Region 51xxx 5 7 9 21 Southern Highlands
Kagera Region 35xxx 8 4 8 20 Lake
Kigoma Region 47xxx 4 3 8 15 Lake
Kilimanjaro Region 25xxx 12 7 24 43 Northern
Lindi Region 65xxx 3 3 4 10 Coastal
Mara Region 31xxx 4 1 1 6 Lake
Mbeya Region 53xxx 9 6 6 21 Southern Highlands
Morogoro Region 67xxx 9 10 5 24 Coastal
Mtwara Region 63xxx 4 2 6 12 Coastal
Mwanza Region 33xxx 10 8 9 27 Lake
Ruvuma Region 57xxx 3 2 3 8 Southern Highlands
Shinyanga Region 37xxx 8 2 8 18 Lake
Singida Region 43xxx 4 2 6 12 Central
Tabora Region 45xxx 6 5 15 26 Central
Tanga Region 21xxx 10 4 12 26 Northern
Zanzibar Isles 7xxxx 5 4 2 11 Zanzibar
154 90 155 399
Source: Tanzania Posts Corporation[9][10]


Financial Services

Agency Services

Due to its wide network the posts corporation is a vital agent for the government to collect funds from the populace especially in rural areas. TPC allows people government bills such as LUKU, DAWASCO, School fees and NECTA examination fees.[11][12]

Bureau de change

TPC launched its first Burea de change at the Dar es Salaam general post office (Posta Mpya) in June 2012. Currently this service is only available at this post office however the corporation has shown interest in expanding this service to other major regional outlets.[13]


  1. "TPC — About Us". Tanzania Posts Corporation. 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  2. Michel Deutschland-Spezial-Katalog 1996, p. 388
  3. Tanganyika (German East Africa). H.M. Stationery Office, London. p. 67. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. Blackburn, Graham (1976); The Postage Stamp Gazeteer; Bobbs-Merrill, USA; ISBN 0-672-52146-6. See p.96.
  5. Robert F. Stock (2004). Africa South of the Sahara, Second Edition: A Geographical Interpretation. Guilford Press. p. 445. ISBN 978-1-57230-868-8.
  6. 1 2 "Tanzania Posts Corporation Profile". WINNE. World Investment News. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  7. "Historical Background". Tanzania Postal Bank. Tanzania Postal Bank. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. "LIST OF POST OFFICES" (PDF). Tanzania Posts Corporation. Tanzania Posts Corporation. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  9. 1 2 "List of Postal Codes" (PDF). TCRA. Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  10. "LIST OF POST OFFICES" (PDF). Tanzania Posts Corporation. Tanzania Posts Corporation. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  11. "Utility Service". Tanzania Posts Corporation. Tanzania Posts Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  12. "Necta Service". Tanzania Posts Corporation. Tanzania Posts Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  13. "TPC: Bureau de change". Tanzania Posts Corporation. Tanzania Posts Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
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