History of Indonesia’s First Delivery Service

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History of Indonesia’s First Delivery Service

The history of the first delivery service in Indonesia began during the Dutch colonial period. During the VOC colonial period, namely around 1602, everyone who wanted to send a letter had to leave it at the Stadsherberg or accommodation building in the city.

This method proved to be very ineffective and Governor General Gustaaf Willem Baron van Imhoff was pressed to create a delivery service that was much more efficient, safe and secure.

For your information, Baron van Imhoff, born in East Frisia on 8 August 1705, was the 27th Governor General of the Dutch East Indies who served from around 1743 to 1750.

  • 1746

Starting from the idea of the Governor General, finally in 1746, precisely on August 26, the first post office in Indonesia was built in Batavia. With the establishment of a post office, delivery will become more efficient, where people will find it easier and safer to send various important documents without worry or fear.

  • 1750

The creation of delivery services then continued in Indonesia: around 1750, 4 years after the establishment of the post office in Batavia, a postal branch was also built in Semarang.

The construction of a branch post office in Semarang is a new impetus for the development of delivery services in Indonesia.

The construction of a postal branch in Semarang has proven to have a positive impact in helping speed up deliveries.

Of course this received a very positive response from the public. The delivery routes used by Pos Indonesia at that time were Pekalongan, Cirebon and Karawang.

  • 1808

In the history of delivery services in Indonesia, there is the name Daendels in the text. In 1808, Governor General Gustaaf Willem Baron van Imhoff was replaced by Herman Willem Daendels.

Surely you know who this person is, right? Yes, he was the one who popularized the forced labor system. Under Daendels' leadership, the bitterness of hard work must be felt by the Indonesian people.

However, even though Daendels carried out brutal torture and forced labor, the delivery system and services improved. Because it is supported by the infrastructure provided by Daendels.

  • 1875

For example, the construction of a road from East Java to West Java is intended to facilitate the transportation of goods from each region.

In 1875, Pos Indonesia merged with the telegraph service and changed its name to Post En Telegraafdienst. The impact of the merger and name change also had an impact on the relocation of the office which was previously headquartered in Gambir, Jakarta, to Bandung City.

Since then, Pos Indonesia has grown rapidly until it finally changed its status to a state-owned company. At that time Pos Indonesia changed to PN Postel which is the National Post and Telecommunications Company.

  • 1965

Then in 1965, PN Postel changed its name to PN Pos and Giro, referring to the increasingly advanced and developing postal and communications sector.

  • 1978

In 1978, Pos Indonesia changed its name again from PN Pos and Giro to Perum Pos and Giro with the mission of improving relations and delivery performance within and outside the country. 1995

Until 1995, Pos Indonesia changed its name to PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) until today. Pos Indonesia currently has branches throughout the Republic of Indonesia with at least 24,000 delivery points.

The services provided are also being improved, starting from pre-delivery services, to delivery and post-delivery services.


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