Is a Canada Post Mail Stoppage Imminent?

CanadaPostHere’s the latest update on the looming labor lockout and mail stoppage in Canada (see this MailBlogx post from June 13 for the back story). According to CBC News, Canadian Union of Postal Workers “has rejected a proposal from the federal labour minister to undergo binding arbitration to avoid a potential work stoppage.”

Canada Post has extended its deadline of Friday, July 8 to Monday, July 11 to allow for another 72 hours of negotiation. But the union has declined binding arbitration and is hoping to reach a negotiated settlement. It doesn’t look promising, eh?

If there is a work stoppage – what will this mean to you as a publication printer with subscribers or readers in places like Edmonton, Ottawa, or Thunder Bay? It’s not good news. So-called “essential mail” like child tax benefits, disability benefits, Old Age Security Pension, Canada Pension Plan benefits and benefits for veterans will continue to mail. But your publication? No, unfortunately not. And, if your journal or magazine has already entered the Canada Post mail stream and hasn’t been delivered yet, it will sit in a warehouse until this whole mess is resolved. It’s not as entertaining as the Stanley Cup hockey finals but it’s certainly got all the drama.

We’ll keep you “posted.”

Canada Post Lockout a Possibility as Deadline Looms

Picture1According to several sources in both the Canadian news services and the international delivery industry, signs are pointing toward a possible Canada Post Lockout of workers this summer. Collective agreements with the union representing postal workers have expired and things are not looking promising. Talks have been underway since late 2015 but the sides are still far apart and little headway has been made. The union has accused management of trying to provoke a labor dispute and making unreasonable demands while a counter argument is being made about the realities of a changing business environment and the evolution of customer needs. Meanwhile, Canada Post has told some of its biggest customers, including the federal government, “to make contingency plans ahead of a possible contract dispute.” If agreement isn’t reached in June, a lock out of union members could start on July 2.

What this all means for domestic and international mail delivery and how long the potential disruption would last, is anybody’s guess. We’ll keep you updated as news breaks.

Sources: CBC News, Toronto Star, International Delivery Solutions

Shipping and Mailing Delays Follow Brussels Attack

World Map_standing imageSource: International Delivery Solutions

Due to the terrorist attacks in Brussels at an airport and metro station earlier today, companies shipping to or from Brussels should expect heavy disruptions today and in the near future. All air travel is either being completely suspended or rerouted to other airports, making it more difficult for timely mail delivery services in the area.

According to Tradewind News, in light of these attacks, Belgium ports have also intensified their control, though officials stated that maritime trade and shipping should remain relatively unaffected in the near future. Companies relying on maritime shipping should remain alert to any changes in the near future as security measures grow across the country.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: March 21, 2016

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

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Australia:  Customs Border Force is planning a 24hr nationwide strike action on March 24th.

This strike will cause a disruption in the handling of all inbound mail, for both parcels and mail, with a possible delay after the end of the industrial action. Another possible industrial action is expected on March 29th and then more throughout school holidays.

Regarding traceable items: Australia Post has been experiencing IT difficulties over last month. As a result they have been unable to send the ‘attempted’ or ‘completed’ delivery scan events for items.

The Auspost website is able to show the status of some items and this can be accessed by going to: http://auspost.com.au . The IT issue is expected to be fixed by end of March.

Venezuela: March 21-25th, Venezuela’s businesses, government buildings and offices will shut down for an entire week in an effort to conserve energy.  Expect mail delays.

United Arab Emirates: Inclement weather caused airline disruptions March 9 and 10th.  Expect mail delays.

Morocco:  Morocco Post has confirmed that a national strike began on the February 24th. Delays to mail services are likely as a result.

Winter Storm Hits Midwest

WinterDudeIn the latest round of nasty weather, a large winter storm is impacting some shipping and mailing operations in the Midwest.

XPO Logistics reports that freight scheduled for pickup or delivery today or that is traveling through these areas may experience a 1-2 day delay.

The following locations are closed today:

  • Colorado – Denver
  • Iowa – Omaha/Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Mason City, Sioux City, Fort Dodge
  • Nebraska – Grand Island
  • South Dakota – Sioux Falls
  • Wyoming – Cheyenne

Normal operations will resume as soon as conditions clear and roads are safe for travel.

The Unites States Postal Service (USPS) has not posted any new Service Alerts to their site as of 10:15 EST so there is no official information on delays in the Midwest at this time.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: January 11, 2016

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

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Canada Post weather service alerts, causing mail delays:  Jan 11th – The closure of the Nipigon Bridge is affecting highway transportation carrying mail to northern Ontario. As a result, mail delivery in the communities of Thunder Bay, Beardmore, Jellicore, Geraldton, Aroland, Nakina, Red Rock, Nipigon, Schrieber, Terrace Bay and Marathon.  Then on Dec 4th for St Johns NB.  And, Dec 28th for Quebec and Ontario.

Australia — Extreme flooding in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region of New South Wales has been preventing the collection and delivery of mail to the area since Jan 6-11th.

UK, Iceland, Norway — Jan 5th – Storm Frank particularly struck Northern Ireland and Scotland last week, causing power outages, road closures as well as ferry, rail and air traffic disruptions. Disruptions in mail delivery in parts of North and East England might be possible. The storm front also hit Iceland and Norway, causing road closures in eastern Iceland and power outages along the west coast of Norway.

India – Jan 5th, strong Earthquake Hits the Northeast of India. The epicenter was west of Imphal, the state capital of Manipur,

France – Delays are still expected on the crossing from UK to France, which would have a knock on effect on the availability of outward bound transports.

Peru – There is a backlog of all mail products and delayed until Dec 30th to clear.

India — Heavy rain and flooding in the state of Tamil Nadu has caused disruption to all mail services in Chennai, Pudcherry and the surrounding areas in India. Delays have been occurring since Nov 30th.

Cuba – Re-establishment of Direct Postal Services Between US and Cuba: The governments of the United States and Cuba have reached an understanding to re-establish direct postal services. There will be mail flights between both countries several times a week, rather than routing mail through a third country. Details will be finalized soon.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: December 7, 2015

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

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Australia – Nov 25 thru Dec 3rd, Bush fires delayed the delivery of mail in South Australia. Transport of inbound mail between the East Coast, (Sydney, Melbourne), Western Australia and the Northern Territory has also been affected.

France – Nov 29 thru Dec 2nd, mail services disrupted in the following post code areas: 75xxx, 77xxx, 78xxx, 91xxx, 93xxx, 94xxx, 95xxx due to international meetings.

France – Began Nov 27th and ongoing, delays to mail products and services are expected due to the Strasbourg Christmas market being held in post code 67xxx.

India – Chennai the fifth-largest city and fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the country is flooded. Closed down Dec 1 thru 7th.

United Kingdom – Dec 7th severe flooding in northern England, Scotland after Storm Desmond brought torrential rains, triggering flooding in parts of Northern Ireland, north Wales, southern Scotland and north-west England transport delays cause mail delays.

Australia – The customs staff employed by Australia Border Force have announced round-the-clock industrial action at the inbound Australian exchange offices on Dec 7th and 8th. Australia Post expects disruption to the handling of all inbound mail all week, with possible follow-on effects after the end of the industrial action, with mail held up during the strike needing to be cleared.