An Airmail envelope. Image credit

An Airmail envelope. Image credit

ZIMSEC O Level Commerce Notes: Communication: Surface and Airmail

  • Both forms of mail are often colloquially referred to as snail mail.

Surface mail

  • mail is sent by land to its destination.
  • Ordinary envelopes are used.
  • The postage cost is low.
  • The delivery time is long.
  • Sometimes known as snail mail.

Air mail

  • This is when mail is sent by air.
  • Mail carries air mail stickers.
  • The delivery period is short.
  • The postage is higher than that of surface mail.

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