Here 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.