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.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: April 14, 2014

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

Thailand:  The Songkran Festival taking place between April 13-16th. Mail items arriving during this period will be held until when the processing and delivery of mail resumes.

Greece:  The Confederation of Greek workers and the Association of the Civil Servants held a 24 hour strike for on April 9th. This affected both inbound and outbound mail services.

Argentina: Customs officials and brokers in Argentina called a one day strike April 10th. This was a nationwide strike and customs did not operate for one day, as a result delays to mail services were probable.

Indonesia:  Indonesia Post informs that the country’s legislative elections took place on April 9th.  No postal operations took place.

Chile:  April 1st an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, causing significant damage. Mail delays are probable.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: March 26, 2014

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

Germany: On Mar 27th staff at Frankfurt Airport will stage a strike that is likely to cause considerable delays.

Paraguay: Mar 26th general strike planned.

Iceland: A snowstorm, Mar 22-23, in northern Iceland has disrupted transportation services.  As a result there may be delays to mail services in postcode areas 580-699.

Netherlands:  Hosting the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Mar 24-25th. This is likely to affect mail services in the city centre and zip codes 2500 – 2599 around the city until Mar 26th.

Indonesia: Mar 31st Nyepi, the Hindu Day of Silence (Bali’s ports, including the airport, will not operate for 24 hours. In addition, most offices and businesses, will close.)

Belgium: Postal workers called a strike in Antwerp, on March 21st. As a result, mail for the postcode areas 2000-2999 and 3400-3999 will suffer a delay.

Belgium will host several European summits from March 20th to April 3rd, transport delays because of world leaders being present.

Ukraine / Crimea / Russia:  Crimea has been recognized as a separate state by Russia. With effect from Mar 18th, mail services in the areas listed below are likely to be delayed:

  • Crimean Postal codes – 95000–98999
  • Sevastopol Postal codes – 99000-99999

Winter Storm Causing Mail Delays in South, East Coast

World Map_standing imageAccording to a USPS Service Alert, a winter storm that impacted many southern states will continue to cause mail delays as it moves along the East Coast.

“The Postal Service is currently experiencing impacts to delivery and retail services in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and the Washington, DC area. Further delays are expected in Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC. We will make every attempt to provide service where it is safe to do so,” the Service Alert stated.

More information is available on the USPS Service Alerts website.  The Postal Regulatory Commission also announced that they will be closed today.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: December 3, 2013

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

Venezuela: Dec 2nd extensive power outages occurred across Venezuela. Multiple cities, including Caracas, lost power, apparently not uncommon but will cause transportation and mail delays.

Philippines: Since Nov 8th, Typhoon Haiyan has caused extensive damage to infrastructure in parts of the Philippines. The worst hit areas are Samar, Leyte and Northern Cebu provinces. These areas have experienced severe storm damage and postal services in the area have been badly affected.

Finland: Since Nov 25th, Itella Post delays in postal deliveries in Finland, due to industrial relations with the local union.

Portugal:  Nov 29th & 30th, The main trade unions in Portugal enacted a 24 hour strike.

Chile: Nov 25th thru Dec 3rd, work at the national customs administration stopped processing airmail.

France:  Bank Holidays on Nov 1st and Nov 11th may cause mail delays.

Brunei, South Korea, Philippines, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia:  Airline Cargo Hub handler problems started on Oct 10th this has led to delays to cargo and mail passing through that hubs for several weeks.  The situation has cleared up, however, expect delays to clear the back-log. All mail and parcels will clear by early December.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: October 22, 2013

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

Japan: Oct 16th Typhoon Wipha hit Tokyo, causing extensive air and ground transportation disruptions in the city.

Italy:  Oct 16-18th, Industrial strikes planned at the airport hubs affecting inbound and outbound mail and processing sites.

Philippines: A strong earthquake struck near Carmen, Philippines, on Oct 15th affecting infrastructure and transportation.

China:  Oct 1st through the 7th, National holidays in China meant that mail offices in the country were closed and operations limited. Normal services resumed on 8th October but some delays may be experienced.
Thailand: Since Oct 3rd and ongoing, areas in central Thailand are currently affected by heavy rain and flooding. Only services in the following post code areas have returned to normal: 17xxx, 35xxx and 65xxx. Finally, the following postcode areas are currently affected by the flooding which may cause delays in mail operations and deliveries: 10560, 18xxx, 20xxx-21xxx, 27xxx, 30xxx, 40xxx, 65xxx, 67xxx and 71xxx. Some post offices in the affected areas are unable to open as usual and mail operations and delivery of all postal items are subject to delays.
El Salvador:  Postal workers participated in industrial action Oct 4th through the 6th.
Seychelles:  Mail routes have been delayed as supplier transportation to the area is difficult to find. An alternative routing has been found for current mail that will also carry the backlogs.

United Arab Emirates:  The UAE Government has moved the start date of the Eid al-Adha holiday from Monday, October 14th to Sunday, October 13th. The holiday will end on Thursday, October 17th as scheduled.

Venezuela:  Postal operations have resumed as of October 15th, after a strike delay.