Guilder stamps valid until 1 November 2013

A decade after the introduction of the euro

The Hague – The guilder stamp is still valid until 1 November 2013. Approximately ten years after the introduction of the euro, the guilder stamp will become invalid as a franking method.

The Netherlands is one of the few countries in the Euro-zone that still allows stamps in the old currency which was used prior to the introduction of the euro in 2002. Countries such as Germany, Spain, Portugal and Ireland immediately stopped using stamps in old currencies with the introduction of the euro. Less and less guilder stamps are being used, while the costs for processing these stamps remain the same. These costs are for example the costs for the fraud prevention technology in sorting machines or instructions for the PostNL post offices. The termination of this makes the processing of post and parcels simpler.

Arno van Bijnen, Commercial Director at PostNL: "The Netherlands will stop using the old guilder stamp from 1 November. Less and less guilder stamps are being used these days, while the costs for processing these stamps remain the same. PostNL has many modern franking methods to serve its clients and this offer is constantly renewed and adjusted to the client’s wishes."