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.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: September 23, 2013

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

Brazil:  Currently the Brazilian Postal Service is on strike.  We have been told that mail delivery will continue but delays should be expected.
Italy:  Sept 22nd – 29th The World Cycling Championships will take place in the Tuscan Region in Italy. Due to this race, delays may occur for mail services including delivery in the following post code areas: 50XXX to 59XXX.
Malta: On Sept 17th airline employees staged a sick day causing flight cancellations across the country.

Mexico: Sept 16th-18th the combination of Hurricane Ingrid on the Gulf coast and Tropical Storm Manuel on the Pacific coast have resulted in delays to mail services in nearly all parts of Mexico.

Greece: General 48-hour general strike Sept 18-19th to transportation and other services.

China / Hong Kong: Typhoon Usagi made landfall in southeastern China Sept 22nd. Airlines have canceled flights, several thousand residents have been evacuated from low-lying coastal regions and Hong Kong has received third-highest storm severity rating.

Kenya: A terrorist incident at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi is ongoing as of Sept 23rd.  Reports indicate that at least 69 people have been killed and more than 200 others have been injured in the attack.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: September 12, 2013

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

Brazil:  Currently the Brazilian Postal Service is on strike.  We have been told that mail delivery will continue but delays should be expected.

France: Government workers in France’s transport sector strike Sept 9-11 protested proposed changes to retirement benefits.

UK:  Sept 9-11th postal workers in Weston-super-Mare area are taking part in strike activity.

South Africa: Many union workers indefinite strikes in the country, including fuel shortages.  Sept 9th, for casual postal workers in the mail and processing centers of the South African Post Office in parts of Gauteng, expect delays.

Bermuda /  Puerto Rico / Dominican Republic:  Tropical Storm Gabrielle struck Bermuda on Sept 11th, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on Sept 5th – heavy rains and flooding.

Belgium: On Sept 11th customs officers at Brussels Airport  staged a “work-to-rule,” or “go-slow,” strike to protest the recent implementation of new shift rosters causing transit delays.

Italy:  Sept 22nd – 29th The World Cycling Championships will take place in the Tuscan Region in Italy. Due to this race, delays may occur for mail services including delivery in the following post code areas: 50XXX to 59XXX.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: July 16, 2013

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

Peru – Bad weather over the region July 12-17 causing flight delays.

Greece – Postal strike on Tuesday July 16th.

Canada Flooding – Canada Post continues working on providing mail and parcel service throughout the communities affected by the June/July flooding in Southern Alberta. As of July 12th, the majority of delivery service in Calgary has been restored however some 2,000 addresses are still not accessible. Those residents will continue to pick up their mail until service can be restored.  The following postal codes were affected: T1A, T1B, T1C, T1V, T1W, T2G, T2N, T2P, T2R, T2S, T2T or T3B.  And those that live in Rural Postal Codes T0L 2C0, T0J 0S0, T0J 3W0, T3H 5X3, T3H 5X4 or T3H 5X5.   Canada Post has not posted any news on Toronto July 8th Flooding, however, expect mail delays in the Metro area.

Brazil – National unions July 11th protested day of struggle, expect mail delays.

Egypt – Due to the on-going political situation, expect mail delays.

Argentina – Union mail and trucking strikes on July 8th.

Canada – Quebec Eastern Township of Lac-Megantic July 6th train explosion will affect the region for the next several weeks for mail and transportation.

Portugal – General strike on June 27th.

Trinidad – Customs delays June 26th an onward affecting mail and packages.

Costa Rica – Transit strikes June 26th around San Jose affecting airport routing, will affect mail.

Mexico – Sporadic volcanic ash eruptions in Mexico City from the iconic Popocatepetl volcano, causing airline and traffic delays.  Mid June and onward.

Jamaica – Air traffic controller strike June 22-24.

Singapore and Malaysia – Smog causing air transport disruptions June 20 thru 25.

New Zealand – Polar storms with 124 mph winds on June 21-22 caused airline and power disruptions.

Italy – Rome transportation strikes on June 24-25th.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: June 18, 2013

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

United Kingdom-39th G8 Summit is taking place, transportation delays may result.

Italy – 24 hour strike by ground operators at Milan airport will affect mail transport by air to Italy, June 14th.

Philippines – Heavy rains caused flash flooding in many parts of the Manila metropolitan area on June 13th.

India – Monsoon rains affecting Mumbai June 8-12, causing flooding and disrupting transportation.

Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Central Europe – June 3rd and onward – Heavy rain, subsequent floods and mudflows have affected postal service in several countries in Europe, including Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. Central Europe including Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.

Germany -  Mail Sorting Centers and Parcel Sorting Centers are not affected; but collection, transport and delivery of mail has been affected and isn’t possible in some areas of Southern, Eastern and Northern parts of Germany. If delivery is not possible, Deutsche Post will store the mail and deliver it as soon as the situation in the flooded regions are back to normal.

Ukraine – Airline capacity issues to the Ukraine since March, the uplift of mail products such as parcels, and letter mail is currently experiencing delays.

Ethiopia and Eritrea- There is currently a backlog of mail in Cairo for Addis Ababa. Some delays are expected until the backlog is cleared.  Mail has recommenced to Eritrea.  However, no confirmation from Eritrea Post that all mail previously posted has been processed and delivered, so delays to mail are still possible.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: May 20, 2013

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

Canada: Canada Post will be closed on Monday May 20th, 2013 in recognition of Victoria Day.

Philippines: A widespread power outage affected the Manila metropolitan area on May 8th caused by emergency shutdown of power plants.  May have affected mail transport.

Bangladesh / India / Myanmar / Sri Lanka: May 15th, Cyclone Mahasen causing dangerous weather conditions which could affect approximately 8.2 million people.

Belgium:  May 15th, airport strike at Brussels hub, mail delays for two days.

Croatia: On May 16th air traffic controllers joined an ongoing strike by various pilot unions.

Bolivia: An ongoing general strike continued for the 11th consecutive day as of May 17th.

Russia:  On May 13th a fire was reported by at the Moscow office of exchange. The Russian Post’s website was temporarily unavailable earlier last week due to power outages caused by the fire in the five-story building of the Russian Post.  As a result of the fire, the Post’s websiteand the registered mail tracking system were temporarily shut down for 48 hours and all export to Moscow was suspended for that time.  The fire destroyed nearly 1,000 letters and small packages which arrived mainly from China and South Korea.  There were also some parcels and EMS-mail that remained intact but underwent water damage while the fire was being extinguished.  These items are being dried and examined to determine if they were damaged inside.  Any small letters and packages containing enclosures which remained intact will be re-packaged and delivered to the addressee.  Parcels and small packets that were originally addressed to MMPO Moscow but had not yet been delivered have been redirected to the international postal exchange locations in Samara, Bryansk, Orenburg and Pulkovo.  Mail is not being accepted in Russia until possibly this week.

Sri Lanka: The Joint Trade Union Alliance of Sri Lanka’s Coordinating Committee is organizing a nationwide general strike on May 21st.