According to bpost, it is difficult to find new postmen in certain parts of Flanders, such as the border regions of Antwerp and Limburg. There is a lot of competition from other sectors. Also many Belgian mailmen are close to retirement age, making it necessary to attract new people. With their extensive experience, the Dutch postmen are an attractive proposition for bpost.
Until recently bpost faced labour shortages in regions such as Waasland (East Flanders). The workforce is now back to full strength, but more people are still needed. Therefore bpost has started a recruitment campaign. The company hopes to recruit postmen in the province of Zeeland among other areas.
The Dutch postal workers will receive training so they become familiar with bpost's operational processes. This includes knowledge of Belgian sorting and distribution systems.