Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: October 14, 2014

Here are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.World Map_standing image

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.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: August 7, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

China – On Aug 3rd, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwest China’ s Yunnan province.

Argentina – Unionized customs officials staged a two-day nationwide strike at Argentina’s borders and airports on July 31st to demand an increase in wages.

Libya – airport operations are closed for mail and parcels until further notice.

Liberia – Nigeria – Sierra Leone numerous airlines are suspending flights to these countries affected by the Ebola outbreak since Aug 4th — therefore, mail and parcel transport will be suspended.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: July 16, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Corscia Island – French Post reports a strike at the Post office Ajaccio, Corsica island. Delays are expected for mail and parcels to post codes 20000 – 20090.

Israel – Since July 6th, escalating airstrikes and conflict will cause mail and transportations delays.

Cameroon – Transport workers on a nationwide strike  over rising fuel prices on July 7th.

Southern Japan – Week of July 7th, Super Typhoon Neoguri could be one of the strongest storms to hit the country in decades.

Philippines – bracing for Typhoon Rammasun expected to make landfall today, over 100,000 families in the Bicol region have been evacuated.

Canada Holiday — Civic  Holiday – August 4th – Canada Post will not deliver and all Postal Stations throughout the country will be closed.

Update on Mail Service to Ukraine

The USPS announced this week that Flag_of_Ukraine.svgmail service will resume to Ukraine for Global Express Guaranteed®.

Effective June 17, USPS starting accepting shipments to Crimea and Sevastopol in Ukraine using its Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service. Other USPS international shipping options are still temporarily suspended.

In April, Ukrainian State Postal Enterprise (Ukrposhta) informed the Universal Postal Union that it had suspended delivery services for international mail addressed to Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999).


Temporary Suspension of Mail Service to Ukraine

Flag_of_Ukraine.svgPer the continuing crisis in Ukraine, USPS service to the Crimea (postal codes 95000–98999) and Sevastopol (postal codes 99000-99999) has been temporarily suspended.See below for the official announcement on the USPS website.

Temporary Suspension of Mail Service to Certain Destinations in Ukraine 

Until further notice, all Post Office™ and other acceptance locations must not accept any mail destined to the Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999), Ukraine. The temporary suspension affects Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG), Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail International®, and First-Class Mail International®, First-Class Package International Service™, International Priority Airmail™ (IPA®) International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag items.

For already deposited items addressed to these destinations, Postal Service employees must endorse them “Mail Service Temporarily Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place them in the mailstream for return.

For all returned items, upon request, the Postal Service will refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the temporary suspension of service.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: May 14, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the latest global hot spots that may delay mail delivery as reported by International Delivery Solutions.

Cyprus:  Airline mail backlog issues to Cyprus on May 14th, expect transit delays.

Iceland:  Airline strikes to Iceland on May 9th, expect mail delays.

Thailand:  An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 occurred on May 5th in Northern Thailand, no major damage reported.

Canada:  Since May 12th  The Canadian International Mail Centre in Vancouver has moved to a new location. This move has affected the processing and delivery of import mail in the area.  The affected postcode areas are those starting with: T, U, V, W, and Y. Delays to mail services are expected over the next few days.

Canada: Victoria Day on May 19th, in honor of Queen Victoria’s Birthday, National Holiday Canada Post is closed.  No mail delivery, no post offices are open.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: May 2, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the latest global hot spots that may delay mail delivery as reported by International Delivery Solutions.

Israel:  April 29th thru May 2nd, the Postal Workers’ Union in Israel went out on strike. Affected all international and domestic mail collection, sorting and deliveries.

Australia:  April 15th, major flooding in the Ingham township and Queensland by Cyclone Ita. Delivery of mail and parcels will be delayed.

Argentina:  April 11th, delays in mail services due to a nationwide one-day strike by customs officials.

France:  April 7th postal industrial action, mail delays are expected in the following regions: La Garenne Colombes (92250), Noailles (60430), Lormont Genicart (33310), Faverges (74210), Ruiel Malmaison (92500), Gennevilliers (92230), Beaumont les Valence (26760), Valframbert Alencon (61250) and d”Antibes (06600).

Egypt: Ongoing problems with Post office workers, striking on and off for almost two months, leading up to an open-ended strike that started on March 23rd. This strike now involves roughly 50,000 participants, representing over 70% of Egypt’s postal workforce.

United Kingdom:  Bank Holiday – May 5th There will be no deliveries or collections in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.