Here are the latest global hot spots that may delay mail delivery as reported by International Delivery Solutions.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that, as a result of winter storms currently affecting the Mid-Atlantic portion of the country, USPS is experiencing major transportation and operational delays. Snow, freezing rain and ice have impacted air transportation, leading to the cancellation of thousands of outbound international flights.
Venezuela: due to the current political protests and manifestations in this country, the government has declared a one week suspension of all work in the country, work will not commence until after March 7th.
Latin America: Monday and Tuesday was Carnival before Lent began. Expect mail delays.
Australia: Labor Day Holiday March 3rd.
Brazil: employees of Brazil Post have been participating in sporadic strike action affecting 13 states across Brazil. Brazil Post has requested that the Superior Labour Court step in to force a suspension of the industrial action arguing that it is illegal. The service is working normally, there is a minimum number of employees that keep working, however some delays may be expected in the end.
Japan: On Feb 14th Tokyo received heavy snowfall, delayed transportation in and out of the city centers.
China: Feb 12th strong earthquake struck in the of western Xinjiang province.
UK: Feb 10th Flooding in the country is causing mail and delivery delays.
Australia: Feb 10th bush fires in Victoria, mail severely affected:
- 3064 Kalkallo, Mickleham
- 3430 Clarkefield
- 3431 Riddells Creek
- 3433 Monegeetta, Monegeetta North,
- 3434 Romsey, Springfield
- 3435 Lancefield, Goldie, Goldie North,
- 3437 Gisborne
- 3756 Wallan, Chintin, Darraweit Guim
- 3762 Bylands
- 3764 Kilmore, Kilmore East, Tantaraboo, Willowmavin, Forbes
Canada: Canada Post announced Feb 20th eleven communities across Canada where mail will be delivered to new community mailboxes beginning in the fall of 2014. This is the first stage of a five-year national initiative involving roughly 5 million addresses. In the larger cities in this initial stage, only a few specific neighborhoods will be affected. Within the affected areas, most businesses will keep delivery to the door. In the smaller municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of businesses will move to community mailbox delivery.
The 11 communities and the approximate number of affected addresses are:
- some neighborhoods in Calgary, AB
- Fort McMurray, AB
- some neighborhoods in Winnipeg, MB
- Oakville, ON
- in Ottawa, ON, neighborhoods in Kanata
- Rosemère, QC
- Lorraine, QC
- Charlemagne, QC
- Repentigny, QC
- and in Halifax, NS, neighborhoods in the Lower Sackville and Bedford areas