GENERAL: Due to strike action at Calais over the last two weeks, the traffic of mail in and out of mainland Europe has been severely affected. Whilst the situation has improved and the port of Calais has reopened, there is a substantial backlog on both sides of the channel and capacity is not yet back to normal. Alternative ports, where possible, have been utilised but delays should be expected for non-air mail to or transiting the continent. Ongoing (issue start date: 23/06/15 – updated 06/07/15)
Australia – Australia Post have informed us that staff of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services will be taking industrial action each day from Monday, 15 June 2015 until further notice. This action will range from go-slows to full walk-outs. Delays should be expected.
UPDATE: The latest update from Australia Post (29th June) is that whilst the industrial action by customs officials is continuing, the impact to priority mail sent from overseas is minimal. Australia Post are working with customs management to reduce the impact to this and all other mail products. We have also been informed that further industrial action over the coming weeks is likely. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/06/15 – updated 06/07/15)
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)
France – Delays are expected in Brive la Gaillarde (19100) and Plaisance du Touch (31830). Resolved (issue start date: 29/06/15)
France – Delays are expected in Val de Reuil (27100) and Marseille (13005). Ongoing (issue start date: 07/07/15)
France – La Poste are experiencing problems with their tracking system for mail. Only letter mail and tracked items are affected.
UPDATE: Intermittent problems at La Poste with tracking/shipment information persist. La Poste have reported that delays should not occur in the delivery of the affected products but tracking visibility and status updates may be unavailable. Ongoing (issue start date: 26/06/15 – updated 06/07/15)
Germany – We have received further communication from Deutsche Post that the German worker’s union Ver.di will be carrying out further strike action. The latest action commenced on Monday 8th June and affects all 82 mail sorting centres. As of the 25th June, action is still ongoing and has now expanded due to the union DPVKom joining the strike. There are now approx. 32,000 postal workers on strike in Germany. Significant delays are to be expected.
UPDATE: Deutsche Post have informed us that the current strike action should end on 7th July. Delays are still expected over the next week until backlogs are cleared and normal operations resume. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/05/15 – updated 07/07/15)
Iceland – Iceland Post has reported that it has been experiencing IT problems since 1st July. Tracking and status updates for registered parcels and mail may not be fully available until the problem is rectified. Non-tracked products should not be significantly effected at this time. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/07/15)
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.
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 possiblity 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)
Spain – Spanish air traffic controllers have called for a partial strike over four days in June. The dates are June 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th and during this period there will be severe disruption to mail services sent by air.
UPDATE: We have been informed that whilst the strike by air traffic controllers has now finished, there are slight delays of 24-48 hours in mail delivery until backlogs are cleared. Resolved (issue start date: 01/06/15 – updated 22/06/15)
Ukraine – Delivery of mail for the Crimea and Sevastopol (postal codes 95000 – 99999) regions remains suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 18/03/14)
Yemen – All mail services to Yemen have now been suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 27/03/15)
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