Service Updates & Upcoming Public Holidays – w/c 18th May

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: Following the earthquake in Nepal, Delhi International Airport is currently being used as a transit zone for the large amounts of humanitarian aid being sent to region. Due to this, disruption is expected to flight schedules and flight paths for planes landing or transiting this airport.

Australia – Australia Post have stated that very heavy rainfall and wind has resulted in flooding and damage to roadways and property in Queensland. This is making the delivery of mail unsafe for Australia Post staff in the 4xxx postcode area. Delays and backlogs are also being experienced due to roads being closed/flooded. Australia Post are putting contingency measures into place but delays should be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/05/15)

UPDATE: As of the 6th May, the severe weather conditions in Queensland have subsided and normal mail operations have resumed in most of Queensland. However, expect a 2-3 day delay on deliveries whilst backlogs are cleared. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/05/15 – updated 08/05/15)

Belgium – Bpost have informed us that the mail processing centre in Liège/Luik has been effected by strike action which commenced on Friday 15th May. The strike is ongoing and is expected to last until a least 20th May. Delays to mail processing and delivery are expected nationally until the resolution of this action. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/05/15)

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)

Denmark – PostNord Denmark experienced a IT-server fall-out between 23.00 and 05.00 local time on 13th/14th May. This affected the datatransfer to/from the IT-systems, among them the IPS and EDI data systems that log and handle inbound mail from overseas. Delays to inbound mail should be expected. Resolved (issue start date: 13/05/15)

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)

Germany – Although the previous round of regional strike action by the union Ver.di is now over, new strike action has been announced. Deutsche post have announced that a 24hrs warning strike at the OE IPZ Frankfurt (Priority Mail & Parcels) and at all 82 Domestic Mail Sorting Centres will take place from Wednesday, 13th May, 03:30h. Please expect delays in the sorting and delivery of letters and parcels.

UPDATE: The strike action listed above took place on the 13th May. However, this warning strike led to further strikes on the 15th and 16th May in the following regions and further delays should be expected: North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Thuringia, Berlin and Brandenburg. Please note that negotiations have been set for 20th and 21st May and pending the outcome of these, further strike action is possible. Ongoing (issue start date: 13/05/15 – updated 18/05/15)

Iceland – The workers union SGS has announced a 48 hour strike in Iceland commencing 6th May. Several drivers at Iceland Post are a part of this union so this action will have an effect on mail distribution to Northern and Eastern parts of Iceland, post code areas 600 – 799. Ongoing (issue start date: 06/05/15)

India – Indian postal workers unions have called for an indefinite national strike starting May 6th. The participating unions include the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), the Federation of National Postal Organisations (FNPO), the All India Postal Employees’ Union and the National Union of Gramin Dak Sewaks (rural postal workers). Delays should be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 05/05/15)

Italy – Poste Italiane has informed us that a strike of workers dealing with parcel processing is slowing down the normal operation of parcel processing and delivery. This strike started on Thursday 23rd April and it has not been confirmed how long this will last. Ongoing (issue start date: 23/04/15)

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

Portugal – The pilot’ s union of TAP has announced a 10-day strike which will take place from Friday 1st May 2015 until Sunday 10th May 2015. This strike will have a significant impact on the processing of inbound, outbound and transit mail. We are trying to source alternative routes but significant delays are to be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 30/04/15)

Spain – The Spanish post office (Correos) 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 general strike action took place on May 4th and May 15th – expect delays of approximately 48 hours owing to a backlog of mail.  Ongoing (issue start date: 30/04/15 – updated 18/05/15)

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

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

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
May 11th – Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine

May 13th – Cambodia

May 14th 
Cambodia, Germany, Paraguay, Various (Ascension Day)
May 15th –
Cambodia, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago
May 16th –
Various (Israa & Miaraj Night)
May 17th –
Malaysia (regional), Norway, Oman
May 18th – 
Canada (regional), Colombia, Uruguay (Government employees only)
May 19th –
May 20th – 
India (regional)
May 21st – 
May 23rd – Jamaica

May 24th – 
Bulgaria, Ecuador, Hungary, Israel
May 25th – 
Argentina, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, South Korea, UK, USA, Various (Whitmonday)
May 28th – Azerbaijan
May 29th – Nigeria
May 27th –
Australia (regional), Slovenia, South Africa
May 28th –
Barbados, Italy (regional), Vietnam
May 30th – Malaysia (regional), Spain (regional)

May 31st – Malaysia (regional), Spain (regional)

June 1st – Australia (regional), Brunei, Cambodia, Greece, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia (regional), New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine

June 2nd –
India (regional), Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia (regional), Sri Lanka
June 3rd –
June 5th – 
June 6th – Malaysia, South Korea, Sweden
June 7th – 
June 8th – 
Australia (regional), Colombia

June 9th – Spain (regional)

June 10th – Portugal

June 12th – 
Paraguay, Philippines, Russia

June 13th – Portugal (regional)


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