Here are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.
Source: International Delivery Solutions
Portugal – Portugal Post advises that a four-day strike at national airline TAP planned for Dec. 27-30 will impact processing times for inbound, outbound and transit mail.
Russia, Greece, Malta, and Netherlands – Dec 23rd International mail volumes have reached exceptional levels this holiday season. As a result of this huge increase, in particular in e-commerce mail, space on commercial airlines is at a premium. Limited capacity and exceptional volumes have unfortunately resulted in delays in mail being boarded on to aircrafts in the last week. Key destinations being affected include Russia, Greece, Malta, and Netherlands. This rise in volumes will inevitably increase the pressure on local postal networks.
Malaysia – Dec 24th Monsoon rains and flooding have been affecting the following areas of Malaysia East coast states – Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang, Northern states – Perlis, Kedah and Perak, Southern states – Peninsular Malaysia (Johor). Delays to both inbound and outbound mail services are likely as a result.
France – Ongoing flooding affected postcode areas 34xxx and 11xxx. Deliveries and collections in this area are expected to be delayed mail and parcels will be delayed.
Belgium – Dec 15th, a national strike affected postal services, expect mail delays.
Italy – Nationwide strike announced for Dec 12th in Italy to include aviation, railway, maritime and local transportation. Flight cancellations, traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery are possible.
Brazil – Dec 10th – Severe storms in Sao Paulo expect mail delays.
Iceland – Since Dec 9th snowstorms in Iceland, mail services have been disrupted in most of the country.
South Africa – Dec 9th current media reports in South Africa indicate that talks between the union CWU and SAPO failed and did not lead to an end to the four month long strike. The other two unions, the SA Postal and Allied Workers Union and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union, who collectively represent 61 percent of the workers at bargaining level, accepted the deal. However, expect continued mail disruptions.
Nigeria – Dec 8th flight delays or outright cancellations between now and March 2015 due to harsh weather associated with harmattan. Delays in mail processing and delivery are possible as a result of this situation.
United Kingdom – Dec 7th Severe weather for areas of the UK including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England, and parts of western England and The Midlands. Traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery are possible.
Philippines – Dec 5th Severe flooding due to Typhoon Hagupit, affected thousands of homes.
Switzerland – Dec 1st Severe flooding in southern Switzerland has resulted in delays to postal services in the following postcode areas: 657x and 66xx. There have been delays to mail services in these areas since November 11th.
Germany – Dec 1st Due to high volumes of mail into Frankfurt, Deutsche Post has advised that there are currently delays to processing and delivery. These delays have been affecting services since October 28th. Due to strikes by postal workers in Nuremberg, numerous letters and parcels were put on hold for the weekend of November 29-30th. 20,000 parcels and over one million letters were not delivered on Saturday, November 29th. Around 1,200 postal workers in Nuremberg participated. Reportedly, only one third of all items have been delivered in the postcode areas 90 and 91.