Service Updates & Upcoming Public Holidays – w/c 13th April

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: Air France has announced warned of ‘severe disruption’ to its flight schedule, with strike action scheduled for April 16th-18th and April 29th-May 2nd. Whilst we will endeavour to utilise our other airlines to move mail, reduced capacity is to be expected on alternative flights so delays may occur.

Canada & USA – A number of factors have resulted in delays to mail processing at JFK, New York, these are: A change of Ground Handling Services for one of the airlines has caused a build up of mail. Continuing severe weather conditions along with a significant increase in mail volumes from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, has resulted in delays of at least 24 hours.

UPDATE: The weather surrounding JFK, New York, has not improved but USPS is continuing to work on resolving remaining mail handover issues with the new ground-handling company.
Throughout the period, the JFK mail hub has been accepting and processing all the mail it receives and USPS continues to deliver mail to all areas despite the bad weather impacting on normal services. USPS continue to work on processing the inbound mail volumes as quickly as possible. . Ongoing (issue start date: 02/02/15 – updated 23/03/15)

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)

Chile – Due to flooding in northern Chile, mail services will be delayed in the following areas for the next few days: Antofagasta, Tocopilla, Copiapó, Caldera, Tierra Amarilla, Chañaral, Diego de Almagro, Vallenar, Alto del Carmen, Freirina and Huasco. Ongoing (issue start date: 25/03/15)

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania – Mail despatches to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are currently experiencing minor delays due to airline availability issues. As a result we anticipate a delay to mail services of an extra day due to the reduced flight availability. Ongoing (issue start date: 19/02/15)

France – Delays are expected in the following regions due to localised industrial action: Thuir (66300), Vic Fezensac (32190), Cognac (16100) Ongoing (issue start date: 13/04/15)

French Polynesia – The post office responsible for mail delivery within French Polynesia (OPT PF) has stated that mail processing & delivery will be severely affected due to a labour strike that began on 1st April. Resolved (issue start date: 01/04/15)

Germany – There are a range of strikes planned for Wednesday 8th April by the union Ver.di who report that upto 10,000 members will be taking part. Delays to mail handling, processing or delivery may be experienced. Resolved (issue start date: 07/04/15)

Jamaica – Jamaica Post has announced that due to preparations for and the visit of the President of the USA, delays to both inbound and outbound mail services occurred on the 8th and 9th of April. Slight delays should be expected to mail sent around this time.  Ongoing (issue start date: 8/04/15)

Norway – Due to heavy snow in Oslo, delays are expected to all mail services in the area. Resolved (issue start date: 25/03/15)

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

Vanuatu – Tropical cyclone Pam has caused disruption to mail services in Vanuatu.  Ongoing (issue start date: 13/03/15)

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

Upcoming Public Holidays

April 6thSouth Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Various (Easter Monday)
April 7th – 
Hong Kong, New Zealand (regional)
April 9th –
Philippines, Switzerland (regional)
April 10th –
Greece, Israel
April 11th
Various (Orthodox Holy Saturday)
April 12th
Various (Orthodox Holy Sunday)
April 13th
India (regional), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Various (Orthodox Easter Monday)
April 14th – 
Bangladesh, Cambodia, India (regional), Sri Lanka, Thailand
April 15th
Cambodia, India (regional), Malaysia (regional), Thailand
April 16th – 
Cambodia, USA (regional)
April 19th – 
Uruguay, Venezuela
April 20th – 
Belarus, India (regional), Switzerland (regional)
April 21st – 
Belarus, Brazil
April 23rd – 
Iceland, Israel, Spain (regional), Turkey
April 25th – Australia, Egypt, Italy, Portugal
April 26thMalayisa (regional)
April 27th
Australia (regional), Slovenia, South Africa
April 28th –
Barbados, Italy (regional), Vietnam
April 29th
Japan. Vietnam
April 30th
May 1st –
Denmark. Estonia, India (regional), Kazakhstan, Various (May Day)
May 2nd
China, Spain (regional), Various (May Day)
May 3rd
China, India (regional), Japan, Poland, Various (The Buddhas Birthday)
May 4th
Australia (regional), Cambodia, India (regional), Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Thailand, UK, Various (Labour Day)
May 5th – 
Japan, Mexico (regional), Netherlands, Thailand
May 6th – 
Bulgaria, Japan
May 7th – Cambodia. Kazakhstan, Malaysia (regional)
May 8th – 
Czech Republic, France, Slovakia
May 9th – 
India (regional), Russia


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