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Use of passive UHF RFID technology in postal flow


Monitoring of postal items using UHF RFID technology

UPU and the Correios in the quest for quality improvements and gain in competitiveness have chosen GS1 standards as a tool to achieve this goal.

Transport and Logistics

The team responsible for the project defined the RFID-encoded SSCC as the identification key to be adopted as the standard for parcel identification. The global standard will allow for simpler integration with customers. The project, based on GS1 standards, will allow other UPU member countries to easily implement the system.

Project’s numbers:

  • 202 postal facilities;
  • 2346 RFID portals;
  • 461mi RFID Tags/year.

Project’s milestones:

  • 2018/11 – First pilot, 20.000 parcels;
  • 2019/07 – Project starts running;
  • 2019/12 – Infrastructure deployment will be complete;
  • 2020/01 – Project adoption reaches 60% of capacity;
  • 2021/01 – Project runs at 100% capacity (461mi parcels).

Given the growing demand for parcel transport services, mainly driven by e-commerce, the UPU (Universal Postal Union) understood that it would need new solutions and services that would allow the maintenance of quality, guaranteeing competitiveness in the segment. Brazil, having characteristics such as an extensive geographical area and volume of remittances, was chosen to host the development of a pilot project based on RFID technology.

The Brazilian Post (Correios), a governmental company, UPU partner in this project, sought GS1 Brazil for understanding that we are a neutral entity and reference in the RFID subject.


Several meetings were held, the Government Affairs team worked on the relationship between the entities, resulting in a technical partnership agreement, signed by the President of GS1 Brazil and the President of Correios. The Industry Engagement team was responsible for the technical meetings and workshops related to the application of the standards, presenting their characteristics and how they are key to the success of the project.

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