Bhutan Post (BP) yesterday launched domestic track and trace system, and blue poppy stamps to mark the World Post Day yesterday. His Majesty the King granted rare and valuable collection of philatelic and communications products to the Bhutan Postal Museum in Thimphu.

The collection included rare and innovative stamps of Bhutan, postal stationery and telegram messages, among others.

Chief executive officer of Bhutan Postal Corporation Limited, Karma Wangdi, said that the collection would greatly enrich the museum and become the main attraction for the visitors. “It will also make the museum more complete in many aspects and ultimately help us in achieving the objective of the museum, which is to promote the country, its rich culture and heritage.”

Bhutan Post said that the collection would assist the postal museum in carrying out research and documenting the postal and philatelic history of Bhutan.

Track and trace system will enable customers to track the journey of the items sent from one place to another in the country.

Head of BP’s information communication technology, Jamyang Phuntsho, said that the system will record the entry, delivery and also the location of the item entered at different divisions of Bhutan post. “We will provide a 13 digit number with which a person can click on the link and have access of the details.”

BP introduced track and trace system for international mail in 2001. The domestic and international track and trace system will be available from a similar link on the BP’s website.

Karma Wangdi, said that the stamp was issued to mark the recent re-identification and scientific naming of the species of blue poppy.

BP has issued 343 series of stamps so far.

Home Minister Dawa Gyalthsen said that postal services in Bhutan started in 1962 with the establishment of the country’s first post office in Phuentsholing. “Bhutan is known to the world through the beautiful stamps BP has issued over the years. The stamps brought us our foreign currency earnings.”

Phurpa Lhamo