Philatelic Bureau

  • 20-07-2019
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The Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau is the government body in Tuvalu that issues new stamps and first day covers, which are purchased by stamp collectors around the world. The Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau is located in Funafuti.

The Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau was established on 1 January 1976, which was the day the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony was dissolved and Tuvalu was established with separate British dependency status. The first postage stamp cancellation devices were put into use the same day.The first issue was a set of provisional overprinted definitive stamps and a commemorative set of three stamps.Tuvalu became fully independent within the Commonwealth on 1 October 1978.

The philatelic business activities are authorised by the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau Ordinance (1982). Karl Tili was the first Tuvaluan appointed to post of general manager of the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau and was the general manager from 1989 to 31 December 2011.The Government of Tuvalu are proposing to merge the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau with the Tuvalu Post Office.The Tuvaluan post office is regulated by the Tuvalu Post Office Act 1977.

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