Source: International Delivery Solutions
South Africa – is currently experiencing an industrial strike at the Johannesburg International Mail Center (JIMC) office of exchange and some post offices in the Gauteng province. The strike has been ongoing since Sept 17th, with no end in sight. Consequently, there are delays for all inbound and outbound mail in the Gauteng province. Mail delays are also affected in Cape Town, Langa, Gugulethu, Eerste River, Makhaya and Khayelitsha post offices. Unfortunately, the strike has been accompanied by serious intimidation, preventing the implementation of any contingency measures. The South African Post Office apologizes for any inconvenience and asks for the understanding of designated operators and customers as it makes every effort to resolve the situation in their best interests. Post offices in Cape Town and the province continue to close intermittently.
Israel – A postal strike in Israel also continues.
Peru – Since Sept 16th postal workers in Peru started an indefinite strike this has affected both inbound and outbound mail.
Puerto Rico / British Virgin Islands / Lesser Antilles / U.S. Virgin Islands - Presently, Tropical Storm Gonzalo is affecting weather on these islands, expect mail delays.
India – Since Oct 12th, in the coastal regions of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odish in the aftermath of Cyclone Hudhud are hard to reach.
Japan – Oct 8 thru 13th, Super Typhoon Vonfong hit Japan’s Kyushu and Shikoku islands and Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa Island.
Germany – Oct 8th, a strike of pilots of Lufthansa distrupted the airline’s cargo operations only, expect some mail delays.
Italy - Since Oct 2nd, Postal workers at the Piacenza mail hub in Italy have taken unballoted industrial action. As a result there may be some delays to the delivery and collection of mail. The zip codes affected are as follows: 12, 15, 14, 13, 26, 42, 10, 29, 43, 16, 18, 17, 27.
China: October 1st-7th National Day Golden Week holiday – businesses and the governments offices shut down. Expect mail delays.
USA - Sep 29th, the Chicago USPS Int’l Service Center was not affected by the O’Hare shutdown traffic problems, according to the US Postal Service.
France – Sep 29th, strong storms flooded parts of southern France.
Hong Kong - Since Sept 28th pro-democracy demonstrations in several of the city’s primary business districts may have affected some mail delivery.