The last of 83 mail centers throughout Germany is opened in Regensburg on December 4, 1998, giving Deutsche Post one of the most modern mail transport networks in the world. Customers benefit from substantial improvements in mail transit times.
The new mail centers replace approximately 1,000 mail processing offices where letters were sorted for the most part manually until the early 1990s. Over 85 percent of all letters are now processed by machine. The modern mail sorting systems can automatically scan and sort up to 36,000 letters per hour. Deutsche Post's largest mail centers are located in the urban centers of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.