Today, March 25, the national postal operator Ukrposhta and VIDI signed a contract for the purchase of 1,860 Citroen Berlingo L2 Worker cars for mobile post offices worth UAH 1.3 billion. This was made possible due to a € 33 million EBRD loan. By the end of 2021, new cars will ply the country under the Mobile Offices project with 2,500 mobile post offices.
"Today we are one step closer to the day when every Ukrainian of any age in the village or city can receive quality services in a modern format. Whether it's ordering drugs, or goods, or paying utilities, or receiving pensions and social benefits - all in one place and at once. During a pandemic and lockdown, it is particularly important to ensure uninterrupted access for citizens to such services, and a new modern post office format can ensure that. I thank the Ukrposhta team for implementing socially important reforms step by step. I believe that at the end of 2021, all Ukrainians will appreciate the important and necessary changes," commented Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii on the signing of the agreement.
Therefore, on February 18, the results of the tender for this year's largest purchase of cars by Ukrposhta were announced on the EBRD's international platform. For the first time in the company's history, Ukrposhta made purchases according to EBRD standards. The winner was VIDI, which offered the best price and terms of service. The new Citroën Berlingo L2 Worker is manufactured at the Stellantis Group's plants. Peugeot Citroen Ukraine LLC will import them to Ukraine from Italy. The first cars will be handed over to Ukrposhta in late summer.
"Today, providing 100% of Ukrainians with modern and comfortable postal services is no longer a dream. By the end of this year, 2,500 new Ukrposhta cars will provide quality service in any part of the country and under any circumstances: demographic changes, coronavirus or weather crises. Very soon, these investments will be justified a hundredfold by new opportunities to serve the most remote villages, market salaries for employees and, perhaps, for the first time in the history of Ukrposhta - the financial efficiency of rural branches. Therefore, I thank all the partners for supporting the important transformation of the post office for the country and in the future - a qualitatively new standard of living for all Ukrainians outside the big cities," said Ukrposhta CEO Ihor Smilyansky.
As part of the tender, Ukrposhta purchased a base car at a price 21.3% below the market price: the retail price of the Citroën Berlingo L2 Worker in March 2021 is UAH 572,700. The cost of a full-fledged equipped mobile office amounted to UAH 679,400. The price includes the cost of materials and work for the transformation of cars, additional equipment, branding, 5-year warranty, repair and maintenance of each car for 150 thousand km on a "full-service" basis, transportation of cars by supplier trucks throughout Ukraine, their registration with the bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and other costs associated with the fulfillment of obligations under the contract.
It should be noted that in 2020 Ukrposhta launched 500 mobile offices in 6 regions of Ukraine: Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Zakarpattia, Cherkasy and Chernivtsi. In the Chernihiv region, 130 cars have been running since the summer of 2018. In 2021, Ukrposhta will complete the project of mobile offices and mobile settlements will operate in settlements of up to 2,000 inhabitants in all regions of Ukraine.
The Mobile Offices project is a project of Ukrposhta aimed at improving the quality of postal, logistics and financial services in villages with a population of up to 1,200 people. A mobile office is a full-fledged post office that comes to the user's home with all the services provided by the mail, products, and during the coronavirus pandemic - even drugs. The project has already been implemented in 7 regions of Ukraine: Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Zakarpattia, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi and Chernihiv.