The Barbados Post Office operates as a department of the Government of Barbados and reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Barbados Postal Service (B.P.S.) is headed by the Postmaster General Mr. Joel Brathwaite, who is responsible for maintaining the island’s postal services, subject to the laws of the island.
In general, the BPS is often perceived as synonymous with mail delivery and the purchase of stamps for postage. However, there is a great deal of back office activity involved in postal operations. As such the Postmaster General is assisted by a team of more than 600 members of staff. Personnel ranges from postmen, Senior Postmen, Inspectors, porters, ancilliary staff, drivers and Postal Clerks to Postmasters/mistresses, Postal Accountants, Postal Superintendents and Senior Postal Superintendents in addition to senior management.
There are 18 postal counters located across the length and breadth of Barbados. These include the General Post Office at Cheapside, the Post Office at Grantley Adams International Airport and the Post Office at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal.
The function of the District Post Offices is to provide reliable and efficient service to the residents of the communities which they serve. The Postmen operating from these offices provide delivery to 161 routes around Barbados.
A variety of services are offered by most of the Post Offices, for which the hours of business are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and 8:00 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays. Business hours for the General Post Office are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.