Service Updates & Upcoming Public Holidays – w/c 21st September

Here you will find the latest global service updates and a list of upcoming worldwide public holidays. This is updated throughout the week with latest information available.

Service Updates

GENERAL: The situation at Calais and the Channel Tunnel have improved and over the last week transport services have been returning to normal. However, there is a possibility that further strike action and/or security issues may cause further delays going forward. We will advise accordingly if and when new events arise.  Resolved (issue start date: 23/06/15 – updated 17/08/15)

Australia – It has been reported by The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection that a number of strike days are due to take place in several airports across Australia between 21st – 30th of September.  It is possible that this strike action may have an effect on mail delivery services over the next few days. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/09/15)

Brazil – Postmen from different regions of the country went on strike since Wednesday, 16th of September. There is a Business Continuity Plan to ensure normality in the provision of services and minimize possible impacts of business and population, however with the partial stoppage of distribution operations, there may be an impact on letter mail. Ongoing (issue start date: 16/09/14)

China – High volumes of mail arriving in Shanghai and Guangzhou are resulting in backlogs and capacity issues for China Post. Delays to mail services are likely. Ongoing (issue start date: 03/11/14)

China – An explosion at Tianjin Port in China has affected land transportation and delivery in Tanggu, the district in Tianjin City where the disaster occurred. Delays to mail services are expected in this area (post code range 300450 – 300467). Resolved (issue start date: 01/09/15)

China – Heavy rainstorms have resulted in flooding in Shanghai, China. It is expected that both Inbound and outbound mail processing will be affected as a result. Resolved (issue start date: 01/09/15)

Finland – Due to a national strike that took place on 18th September in Finland, all mail services will be affected and there is an expected backlog of mail to clear which will resume by Tuesday 22nd September. Ongoing (issue start date: 18/09/15)

France – Due to a technical issue on routes Chelles/Lempdes, Claremont Ferrand/St Etienne, there may be small delays in mail to Puy, Mende and St Etienne. Resolved (issue start date: 07/09/2015)

Germany – Deutsche Post have advised that they will not be delivering letters on Mondays for the next 5 weeks. Please expect delays in mail traffic during this time. Newspapers and other magazines however will be delivered as normal. Resolved (issue start date: 13/08/15)

Italy – Due to heave rain in northern Italy, the following areas have been affected by landslides. Emilia-Romagna province of Piacenza, Liguria region and its port city of Genoa and the Veneto region. Disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/09/15)

Libya – All mail services to Libya are currently suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 16/07/14)

Nepal – An earthquake, approximately 50 miles north west of Kathmandu, has caused severe damage in northern Nepal. Severe disruption to mail services nationwide is to be expected.

UPDATE: All mail services in Nepal have been officially suspended and Kathmandu Airport is now closed to all commercial cargo due to the humanitarian relief effort in the region. Ongoing (issue start date: 27/04/15 – updated 30/04/15)

Somalia – All mail services to Libya are currently suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 30/11/91)

Spain – The Spanish post office (Correos ES) has reported that trade unions have called for a partial strike in Correos’ Madrid facilities (Madrid 28000 – 28999) for Thursday 30th April. This includes Madrid OE, sorting centre (Madrid CTA), delivery units and postal offices and is scheduled to run for 4 hours. As consequence all inbound and outbound processes could be severely affected during this time, not only services from/to Madrid area, and could cause serious delays and backlog during 1st May (national holiday), 2nd May (regional holiday in Madrid) and 3rd May.

Spain – Spanish air traffic controllers announced to go on strike from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Flight cancellations and delays possible. Ongoing (issue start date: 26/09/15)

UPDATE: Further strike action has taken place intermittently throughout May. Although the last strike was on the 15th May and the subsequent backlog cleared, there is a possibility of further strike action. We will advise accordingly as and when any action is announced.  Ongoing (issue start date: 30/04/15 – updated 26/05/15)

Ukraine – Delivery of mail for the Crimea and Sevastopol (postal codes 95000 – 99999) regions remains suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 18/03/14)

United States – With the impending Papal visit and related events, impacts on postal services can be expected in the Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia regions. Delays in mail processing and delivery is expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 22/09/15)

Uruguay – Uruguay Post have encountered delays in processing of international mail due to changes being made to their processes. The situation is being monitored to minimise any problems however delays are expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/09/15)

Yemen – All mail services to Yemen have now been suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 27/03/15)

Upcoming Public Holidays

September 1st – Slovakia
September 2nd – Spain (regional), Vietnam
September 3rd – China

September 5th – India (regional)

September 6th – Bulgaria

September 7th – Brazil, Canada, Mozambique, USA
 
September 8th – Malta, Spain (regional)

September 10th – Switzerland
September 11th – Singapore, Spain (regional)

September 12th – Malaysia

September 14th – Israel, Switzerland (regional)
September 15th – El Salvador, India (regional), Israel, Slovakia, Spain (regional)
September 16th – Libya, Malaysia, Mexico
September 17th – UIndia (regional), Spain (regional)

September 18th – Chile, India (regional), Mauritius

September 19th – Chile, Italy (regional)
September 21st – Bulgaria, Ghana, India (regional), Japan, Malta, Switzerland (regional)
September 22nd – Bulgaria, Japan, UAE, Various (Eid), Various (Arafat Day)

September 23rd – India (regional), Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Various (Eid al-Adha)

September 24th – Austria (regional), Cambodia, Dominican Republic, India (regional), South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Various (Hari Raya Haji), Various (Eid al-Adha)
September 25th – Mozambique, Switzerland (regional), Various (Eid al-Adha)

September 26th – South Korea, Various (Eid al-Adha)
September 27th – Belgium (regional), China, South Korea, Sri Lanka

September 28th – Australia (regional), Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand (regional), South Korea, Taiwan

September 29h – Paraguay, South Korea

September 30th – Botswana

October 1st – Botswana, China, Cyprus
October 2nd – Australia (regional)
October 3rd – India (regional), China, India (regional)
October 4th – Italy (regional)
October 5th – Australia (regional), China, Israel, Mozambique
October 6th – China, Egypt
October 7th – China
October 8th – Croatia, Peru
October 9th – Ecuador, Malaysia (regional), South Korea, Spain (regional), Taiwan, Uganda
October 10th – Taiwan
October 11th – Cambodia, Macedonia
October 12th – Bahamas, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada (regional), India (regional), Japan, Macedonia, Spain, USA
October 13th – Cambodia, India (regional)
October 14th – Ukraine, Various (Awal Muharram)
October 15th – Cambodia, Various (Awal Muharram), Various (Hijri New Year)
October 17th – Estonia
October 19th – Azerbaijan, Jamaica
October 20th – India (regional), Kenya
October 21st – Honduras, Hong Kong, India (regional)
October 22nd – Bahrain, India (regional)

 

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