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The Caribbean Netherlands (2015) Saba

On October 10, 2010, The Netherlands Antilles dissolved into 3 new territories: Curaçao and Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) joined independent status as Aruba previously received, and remaining islands (so called “BES islands”) formed the Caribbean Netherlands (Dutch Caribbean). These 3 new territories started to issue own stamps, labelled as Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Caribisch Nederland, respectively. I received my first cover from the Caribbean Netherlands on 2011. Unfortunately, the postal service in the Dutch Caribbean (operated by the Nieuwe Post Nederlandse Antillen (NPNA) based in Curaçao) didn’t work well. As a consequence of repeated compliances on bad quality of the postal services in the Caribbean Netherlands, The Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has appointed new postal operator for the Caribbean Netherlands. Since Jan 1, 2014, The Flamingo Express Dutch Caribbean started operating the postal service for this territory (for a period of 10 years). The new operator started to issue separate stamp issues for each of 3 islands. Therefore, each island (Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius) has own stamps of the Dutch Caribbean with the inscription of the islands’ name.

For collectors, this means that 3 new territories can be collected :).

My first new item arrived recently from the Saba island. Saba-2015_stamp Pat sent me nice postcard from his travel to this island. He used stamp of the bird series issued on 2014 (one first 3 issues). Thank you very much! Saba-2015_front

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