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

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

UK Service Updates

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International Service Updates

GENERAL: Due to the recent attacks in Brussels, there are increased security measure in place across Europe. Flights to Belgium are subject to to delays, diversions and cancellations. Delays to mail processing and delivery is to be expected. We will advise according if and when new information becomes available.

UPDATE: The Belgium Post Office have informed us that following the terrorist attacks on Brussels Airport, all air traffic has been cancelled for the 23rd & 24th March. We expect there to be heavy disruptions to the delivery of mail & parcels. Ongoing (issue start date: 22/03/16 – updated 23/03/16)

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.

Delays are still expected on the crossing from France to UK, which would have a knock on effect on the availability of outward bound transport. There is no end date for this as the situation is continuing indefinitely. Ongoing (issue start date: 23/06/15 – updated 10/12/15)

Australia – We have been advised of an upcoming strike by Australian Border Force planned for the 24th March and it is likely to cause delays for all parcels and mail sent to Australia. Ongoing (issue start date: 24/03/16)

Belgium – Due to the double explosion at Brussels airport, all air traffic has been stopped or deviated to other Belgium airports. The situation is on going and will be develop as more information becomes available. Ongoing (issue start date: 22/03/16)

China – Please be advised due to inspections being carried by Shanghai Customs, delays of up to 10 working days are to be expected on all air shipments destined to postcodes starting ’20’. Ongoing (issue start date: 17/03/16)

Cuba – The designated operator of Cuba, Correos de Cuba, has advised that cargo handling services will be suspended at the José Martí International Airport in Havana from the 17th to 24th March 2016 for infrastructure upgrade. Service delays are expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 17/03/16)

Egypt – Due to the suspension of flights from the UK to Egypt, delays to mail is to be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 04/11/15)

Fiji – Fiji Post have informed us that the country has suffered widespread damage in the wake of tropical cyclone Winston. This is likely to result in delays to mail services until further notice. Ongoing (issue start date: 20/02/16)

France – Delays are expected at the Villeneuve distribution centre Garenne due to industrial action. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/03/16)

Honduras – The designated operator of Honduras, HONDUCOR, has advised that the Government of the Republic of Honduras has declared the week of 21 to 25 March 2016 a national holiday. Postal activities will return to normal on 28 March 2016. Service delays are expected Ongoing (issue start date: 21/03/16)

Italy – A nationwide general strike of rail, aviation, local transportation and ferry workers is set to affect travel throughout Italy. Public transport will be disrupted in the following cities and regions: Bolzano, Calabria, Carasco, Carrara, Catania, Lombardia, Naples, Romagna and Rome. Delays to mail are to be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 17/03/16)

India – Over 3.6 million central government employees in India, including postal workers, will go on indefinite strike. Resolved (issue start date: 10/03/16)

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)

Slovenia – Adria Airways pilots have announced to go on strike between 05:00 and 24:00. Strike action will take place at the airline’s operative centres at the airports of Ljubljana, Tirana, Pristina, Tallinn, Prague and Berlin. The strike will also impact flight operations of the Estonian Nordic Aviation Group. Delays in mail delivery services are expected. Resolved (issue start date: 18/03/16)

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

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 – Due to heavy rains and flash floods in Louisiana a number of local post offices have moved their services to alternative locations. Delays to mail delivery in this state is to be expected. Resolved (issue start date: 11/03/16)

Airlines cancelled over 200 inbound and outbound flights from Chicago’s Midway Airport due to current weather conditions. Also San Francisco International Airport reported the cancellation of 77 inbound and outbound flights as well as 491 flight delays. This may affect mail delivery services. Resolved (issue start date: 14/03/14)

Venezuela – The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has declared the week of March 21st to 25th 2016 a national holiday. Dispatches will continue to be received at the VEMAIA office of exchange at the Maiquetía “Simón Bolívar” International Airport, but there will be no distribution/delivery or customs processing during the holiday, as part of an effort to reduce electricity consumption in the country. Postal activities will return to normal on March 28th. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/03/16)

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

Upcoming Public Holidays

March 1st – Bosnia (regional), Kazakhstan, Paraguay, South Korea, Spain (regional), Switzerland (regional), UK (regional)
March 2nd – Ethiopia, Myanmar
March 3rd – Bulgaria, Georgia
March 4th – Bulgaria, India (regional), Malaysia (regional)
March 5th – India (regional)
March 6th – Ghana
March 7th – Australia (regional), Ghana, India (regional), Mauritius, Sri Lanka
March 8th – China
March 9th – India (regional), Indonesia
March 11th – Lithuania
March 12th – Mauritius, Zambia
March 14th – Albania, Australia (regional), Cyprus, Gibraltar, Greece, New Zealand (regional)
March 15th – Belarus, Hungary
March 17th – Bangladesh, Ireland
March 19th – Spain (regional)
March 20th – Azerbaijan, Iraq (regional), Tunisia
March 21st – Azerbaijan, Colombia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand (regional), South Africa
March 22nd – Albania, Azerbaijan, India (regional), Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka
March 23rd – Azerbaijan, India (regional), Kazakhstan, Malaysia (regional), Myanmar, Pakistan
March 24th – Argentina, Azerbaijan, India (regional), Israel, Kazakhstan
March 25th – Azerbaijan, Greece, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Various (Good Friday)
March 26th – Bangladesh, Philippines, Various (Holy Saturday)
March 27th – Australia (regional), Myanmar, Various (Easter Sunday)
March 28th – South Africa, Various (Easter Monday)
March 29th – Australia (regional), New Zealand (regional)
March 30th – Trinadad & Tobago
March 31st – Malta


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