Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: February 5, 2015

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

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Canada – Severe winter storms have disrupted the processing and delivery of parcels and mail to the Atlantic provinces of the country since Feb 3rd.  The provinces of Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were identified as customers who may not receive mail. Once conditions improve, delivery will resume.  In addition, Hamilton and South Western Ontario were affected since Feb 2nd.

Liberia and Sierra Leone – Since the Ebola Outbreak in August of 2014 Mail into Liberia and Sierra Leone has been restricted, restrictions are being lifted as of this week.

France – Starting Feb 1st, heavy snowfall in France has caused delays to the delivery of mail in the following post code areas:  05xxx, 38xxx, 39xxx, 64xxx, 65xxx, 73xxx and 74xxx.

Germany - Airline strikes Jan 29th, expect possible mail delays.

Brazil – Jan 19th, rolling power blackouts occurred in 10 states across Brazil — including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro — as well as the Federal District, expect some mail delays.

Uzbekistan – Since Jan 18th, limited airline capacity, expect mail delays.

Mauritius - Jan 16th, The Post reports international flights from the island nation have resumed. A tropical cyclone had caused flight cancellations earlier in the week, delaying outbound mail dispatches.

Please Note:  Brazil, Latin America & Caribbean, Carnival begins Feb 13th, expect some mail and transportation delays thru Feb 17th.

Winter Storm Juno: USPS Closings and Mail Delays

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The following United States Postal Service (USPS) mail facilities will be closed due to winter storm Juno:

USPS Facility: SPRINGFIELD NDCSpringfield MA 01Z will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: BROOKLYNBrooklyn NY 112 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: WESTERN NASSAU
Western Nassau NY 115 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: MID ISLAND
Mid Island NY 117 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: NEW YORK
New York NY 100 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: WESTCHESTER
Westchester NY 105 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: HARTFORD
Hartford CT 060 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: STAMFORD
Stamford CT 068 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: BOSTON
Boston MA 021 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15 due to winter storm Juno.

USPS Facility: BROCKTON
Brockton MA 023 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: MIDDLESEX ESSEX
Middlesex-Essex MA 018 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: PROVIDENCE
Providence RI 028 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: CENTRAL MA
Central MA LDC 015 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: QUEENS NY
Queens NY 110 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

USPS Facility: SOUTHERN CT
Southern CT 064 will be closed 1/26/15 through 16:00 01/27/15

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: January 13, 2014

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

Source: International Delivery Solutions

France – normal service expected to resume soon due to bad heavy snow in the following areas: 73xxx, 74xxx, 01xxx.

Germany – Due to high volumes of mail into Frankfurt, Deutsche Post have advised that there are currently delays to the processing and delivery of mail.

Greece – striking postal workers Jan 7th through the 10th, affected both inbound and outbound mail services.

China – on going high volumes of mail arriving in to Shanghai and Guangzhou are resulting in backlogs and capacity issues with both China Post and Customs teams.

Italy – The Italian government announced an ENAV air traffic controller strike for January 16th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm which will likely result in flight delays and cancellations. Delays in mail processing and delivery are possible as a result of this strike.

Canada – Jan 9th delays in mail into Canada are possible as a result of severe weather in the Northeast which has caused several road closures.

Malaysia – Monsoon rains and flooding have been affecting areas of Malaysia since 24th December 2014. Delays to both inbound and outbound mail services are likely as a result.

Nepal – A general strike took place in Nepal on Jan 13th, crippling essential services throughout the country, including ground transportation.

Tongo, New Zealand & Australia – A volcano off of the island of Tongo has been erupting since Dec 10th, interrupting air traffic in the area.

2014 USPS Fiscal Year Recap: Services Increase, Revenue Decreases

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Shipping and Package Services Revenue increased 9.1 percent in 2014 while First-Class and Standard Mail volume decreased by 2.2 billion and 495 million pieces, respectively.

While Shipping and Package Services Revenue increased 9.1 percent this year, the USPS indicated that “legislative burdens and constraints” contributed to an overall 5.5 billion dollar loss in 2014.

In a press release issued today, the USPS reported a $569 million increase in operating revenue from Shipping and Package Services.  Additionally, the organization indicated that increased pricing introduced last January contributed positive revenue.

As a reminder, overall debt loss was $5 billion in 2013.  In 2014, the USPS was affected by many of the same legislative fees that contributed to its 2013 losses.  (Please note: Fiscal year 2014 was October 1st, 2013 to September 20th, 2014.)

“Excluding a one-time adjustment to revenue of $1.3 billion in 2013 resulting from a change in accounting estimate for Forever stamps, 2014 operating revenue would have increased by $1.9 billion,” today’s press release stated.

The required Health Benefit Fund contribution of $5.7 billion was another fee that significantly contributed to 2014 losses.  The USPS also added that $1.2 billion was spent in “non-cash worker’s compensation expense, consisting of $485 million released to changes in interest rates and $697 million of other non-cash worker’s compensation expenses.”

On Monday, the USPS announced a cyber-security breach that compromised postal data; they do not believe fiscal data was compromised or altered in this breach.

Information released today also compared several changes from 2013 to 2014:

  • Total mail volume was 155.4 billion pieces compared to 158.2 billion pieces a year ago, a decrease of 2.8 billion pieces or 1.8 percent.
  • First-Class Mail and Standard Mail volume decreased by 2.2 billion and 495 million pieces, respectively.
  • Operating expenses were $73.2 billion in 2014 compared to $72.1 billion in 2013

An adjustment to required delivery frequency, the authority to expand products and services, integration of the Health Benefit Program to Medicare, and reforming the workers compensation program are several legislative requirements the USPS stated are key to increasing and maintaining positive revenue.

More information is available on the USPS website.  More information on the data breach can be seen here.

USPS to Close Approximately 82 Facilities Beginning January 2015

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The USPS plans to close 82 facilities starting in 2015. This is phase two of their consolidation plan. 141 facilities were closed between 2012 and 2013.

A letter to customers on the USPS website indicates that more changes are coming to the USPS in January.  Considered a continued rationalization of the network, the USPS plans to close approximately 82 facilities next year.  141 processing facilities were closed between 2012 and 2013.

“We believe strongly that this phase of network rationalization will establish the low-cost, technology-centric delivery platform necessary to serve the mailing and shipping industry for decades to come,” the letter states.

The letter also states that post offices closed between 2012 and 2013 were reported to save the organization $865 million annually and “required no employee layoffs.”  The additional closures starting in January are expected to save an additional $750 million annually and $3.5 billion in the next five years.

For customers concerned if this consolidation will affect their routes or shipping, a list of expected closures is available on the USPS website.  In a FAQ available online, the USPS adds that “the consolidation will not impact the delivery process.”

15,000 USPS employees will be impacted by the consolidation.  A six month notice will be provided to customers impacted by the closures.  The FAQ also indicated how specific closures were chosen.

“Criteria include expected savings, service, transportation and logistics networks, and capacity within the processing plant, amount of required capacity (mail volumes), using the least amount of equipment and maximizing capacity,” the website states.

This phase of consolidation is expected to be completed by the fall mailing season.  More information is available on the USPS website.

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.

USPS to Raise Prices in 2014

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As regular as the traditions of Black Friday and the Thanksgiving Macy’s parade, the USPS seems to have its own holiday season ritual – the annual announcement of price increases.  In a press release posted on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) website on November 21, the commission confirmed that it has approved a USPS request to increase prices for 2014. The press release states that commission made the determination that “the rates proposed by the Postal Service are consistent with the law, provided that the Postal Service does not implement Full Service IMb requirements concurrently with the proposed increased rates.” The commission clarified this statement by explaining that the preparation required to assign IMbs (Intelligent Mail Barcodes) to unique pieces of mail, bundles, and pallets, would be a classification change. The impact would need to be included in USPS’s calculations for rate changes.  Implementing the proposed rate adjustments in addition to the Full Service IMb requirements “would result in increases in First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, and Periodicals that exceed the statutory Consumer Price Index price cap, currently at 1.696 percent.”

Price changes go into effect on January 26, 2014.