Delays to mail services
Barbados Post have advised they are experiencing operational issues since Friday 4 October, causing a temporary suspension of mail operations in the Bridgetown processing centre.
National holiday in China
A national holiday is taking place from the 1-7 October, this year is also the 70th anniversary of Peopleâ€™s republic of China. There will be large celebrations, including a military parade which will take place on the 1 Oct. China Post has confirmed a Customsâ€™ holiday and reduced operating times during this period: Beijing: No custom clearance between 1-7 Oct. This will affect any province which are under the jurisdiction of Beijing Customs. (Express Mail Service traffic will not be affected. However, standard letter and small packet through standard China Post network will be affected). Shanghai/Guangzhou: Customs will operate as normal ZheJiang/Jiangsu: Customs will not be operating from 1-3 Oct Shenzhen: Customs will be working half day shifts from 1-7 Oct
Public events disrupting mail services
A series of public events has been taking place since Saturday 21 September which have resulted in roads being blocked. As a result mail services have been seriously disrupted. This is expected to continue for a number of days at present.
Indonesian Post Restructuring
Post Indonesia is restructuring its operational processes at their centre in Jakarta. This may result in potential delays to the processing and delivery of inbound international mail including confirmation of arrival scanning events
Bermuda Post have advised that Category 3 Hurricane Humberto is expected to hit the island. As a result, all mail services are being suspended from Wednesday 18 September until the hurricane has passed.
Severe storms and flooding in parts of Spain
Heavy rain and subsequent flooding have severely affected mail services in the following areas: Alicante, AlmerĂa and Murcia. As a result, delays to mail services in these areas are expected.
Typhoon Ling Ling
Typhoon Ling Ling is expected to hit the Korean Peninsula on Saturday 7 September. Severe downpours are forecast across the Korean Peninsula, with winds exceeding 160 km/h. As a result, mail services are likely to face delays.
Tropical Storms Podul and Kajiki
Thailand Post has informed us Tropical Storms Podul and Kajiki, which hit northern and north-eastern parts of Thailand, have caused flash floods in many areas, resulting in delays to mail operations and transportation. The delivery of letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items throughout the following postcode areas are therefore affected to a varying extent: 32xxx, 34xxx, 35xxx, 37xxx, 40xxx, 45xxx, 64xxx, 65xxx, 66xxx and 67xxx
Problems with international mail by air
Philippine Post has informed us that it is currently experiencing problems with international dispatches conveyed by air. The processing of outgoing and incoming international mail will be delayed until further notice. A resolution is being actively sought but mail deliveries in the Philippines can expect delays with currently no indication of the likely duration. We will provide an update as soon as further information becomes available.
Postal strikes in Finland
Strike action by Postal workers is likely to cause delays of up to 24 hours to some parcel deliveries on Friday 30 August 2019 in the regions of Tampere, Vantaa and JyvĂ¤skylĂ¤. Further strike action is also planned from Sunday 1 and Wednesday 4 September 2019. If this goes ahead, deliveries in various parts of Finland may again be affected.
"Portugal Post has informed us the Portuguese fuel-tanker drivers have sent a notice of a strike starting 12 August for an undefined period. This strike will have an impact on airport operations and while Portugal Post does have contingency plans in place to mitigate impact to mail operations, the quality of service may be affected during the strike period and delivery delays may result."
Extreme weather conditions
"Typhoon Lekima hit Shanghai and the neighbouring Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shandong provinces on 8-10 Aug. It caused several flight delays and cancellations. With many areas flooded and evacuated, the processing and delivery of mail, both outbound and inbound, has been affected."
Public gatherings resulting in road blocks
A series of sporadic public gatherings taking place most weekends, result in road blocks in some major areas of Hong Kong. This is causing disruption to the processing of all mail services (inbound and outbound), and is expected to be ongoing.
Our supplier has temporarily stopped accepting all mail and parcels to Sudan. While we try to establish the cause of the issue with our supplier, we will continue to accept mail to Sudan, but this will be held, until this is resolved, so delays will be expected.
Croatian Post is in the process of relocating to a new sorting centre. This may cause disruptions in electronic data interchange (EDI) communications and delays in data exchanges with designated operators on 15 and 16 July 2019.
Some delays for mail to SYD due to a volcanic eruption causing a high level ash cloud en-route. As a result the cargo payload has been reduced in order to take on more fuel to divert around the affected area. Some mail has started to return to normal now, but capacity is still limited due to the backlogs with all the other cargo products.
Accident involving trucks
The E17 at Beervelde is completely blocked in the direction of Ghent due to an accident involving trucks. Traffic coming from Lokeren is completely at a stop. The cleaning up might take some time. Deliveries and pick-ups from/for that region will probably not be made in time. Suppliers are doing everything they can to reduce delays and to make up for the backlog, in the quickest way possible.
Extreme Weather Conditions
Flooding affects ground transportation. Widespread flooding following heavy rainfall has affected road traffic in Oregon, the United States. Road closures have occurred throughout the affected area and the landslide has caused the closure of OR-58 near Oakridge.
Jamaica Post has been experiencing airlift challenges directly attributed to capacity challenges, arising from the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Consequently, several mail dispatches are having to be rerouted to alternative air carriers and in some cases have not been airlifted at all. The situation is being actively addressed, and an update will be communicated as soon as possible.
Technical / Industrial Action
Extra security checks along with a Customs strike at Calais and Dunkirk since Monday 4 March has significantly extended waiting times at the Tunnel and Port to UK by up to 6 hours. Countries affected are: France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Poland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Update: 27 March 2019 Extended Security Checks and a French Customs strike at Calais and Dunkirk continues for a 4th week with extended waiting and transit times as a result. Countries affected are: France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Poland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Update: 11 April 2019 After a brief suspension, French Customs officials have today resumed extended Security Checks and strike action at Calais Port and Eurotunnel leading to extended waiting times.
Due to the government shutdown in the US goods are experiencing delays clearing customs. Delays of 1 - 2 business days are expected. This will also impact all mail items into the US causing usual transit aims to be extended.
Antigua and Barbuda (Including Dominica and Monserrat)
Antigua and Barbuda Post Office staff have been on strike since January 2nd 2019. They've requested all postal operators to suspend shipping letters and parcels to Antigua, including items for Dominica and Montserrat until further notice. As a result, all mail except 'Global Express' items to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Montserrat will experience delays.
Indefinite postal strike commenced in Johannesburg Airport impacting on the operation and handling of mail upon arrival. As previously advised, this will affect all International Standard and International Signed postings which are currently being processed within 6+ weeks and 8+ weeks respectively. These aims will more likely worsen as volumes of mail and backlogs grow as a result of the strike.
Modernisation of inbound mail hub
"Norwegian Post has informed us that the modernisation of their International Mail Hub due is having a negative impact to the time to process tracked products through their facility. As a result, tracked items are taking an average of 6 days from posting to delivery in Norway."
Ascension Islands & St Helena
Runway repair work
Disruption to flights to the Ascension Islands and St Helena. We've been advised that air transportation to the Ascension Islands & St Helena is on hold with flight availability greatly reduced. Unfortunately, due to the location of these territories, there isn't a viable alternative route which would arrive any earlier.
Due to political developments in northern Iraq the government has issued an embargo on flights into the region. It is expected that no deliveries will be possible until the situation is resolved.
Tracking information on our 'Tracked Only' items to Sweden has been experiencing difficulties since before Xmas, due to technical issues following a system update. Swedish Post has updated us that they are still getting used to their new processes and experience IT problems. Swedish Post continue to monitor this and are working hard to resolve the issue.
Due to the high volume of mail going in to Brazil and going through the Customs process, it has been confirmed that there are delays to some of these items. Specifically, it's been reported that untracked items have taken up to 40 days for delivery.
Very poor service has been observed for mail into South Africa. All the post arriving is experiencing longer delays by SAPO to collect and process the products (+40 days). SAPO initially advised of capacity issues due to high import volumes of small packets, parcels, EMS and Registered mail. Volumes have been increasing steeply with a 400% increase recorded on Registered mail in the last 3 months. This has created bottlenecks at their processing locations and now there is strike action. Untracked mail is currently standing at 47 days for delivery and Signed around 38 days. EMS and parcels are also showing severe delays.
It has been reported that it is not possible to send any mail and parcels to Venezuela as the route has been closed off due to the political instability in the country.
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain
It has been reported that, in accordance with the declaration issued by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cutting ties with Qatar, the provision of postal services with that member country has, until further notice, been suspended.
Temporary change to delivery aims into Italy
We have become aware of processing delays on all inbound international traffic arriving in Italy. We have reviewed all elements of our own pipeline to ensure items posted to this country arrive as quickly as possible. However, we're aware that some issues, outside of our control, are extending some of our published delivery aims for Italy. To reflect the current transit times, we are temporarily extending our delivery aims to these countries as follows: Untracked products: 6-8 working days
CURRENTLY NO SERVICE. Due to the current situation in Yemen mail services have been suspended. Where possible, items currently in transit will be returned to sender. We are sorry that our suppliers are not accepting mail for Yemen at this time.
CURRENTLY NO SERVICE. Due to the civil unrest in Libya and the recent attack at the International Airport Tripoli (TIP), all mail items going to Libya will face disruptions for the foreseeable future. Postal distributers have asked that all mail items for Libya are not sent out into the postal system until further notice.
CURRENTLY NO SERVICE. 18/03/2016: Mail services to Crimea, Sevastapol, Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast are suspended until further notice.
CURRENTLY NO SERVICE. Due to the current exceptional circumstances in the Syrian Arab Republic, all mail deliveries have now been suspended.
CURRENTLY NO SERVICE.
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