Service Updates & Upcoming Public Holidays – w/c 27th November

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

A Royal Mail 48 hr strike scheduled for the 19th and 20th October was suspended due to a court ruling. We will update with regards the strike situation as and when further information becomes available.

International Service Updates

GENERAL – Due to urgent maintenance on train carriages by Euro Tunnel, scheduled departures between 14th and 26th November are being significantly reduced and have resulted in extended waiting times on both sides of the tunnel. Road dispatches to countries potentially impacted are: France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden on all mail and parcel products with impact likely to be an extra day’s delay. Ongoing (issue start date: 14/11/17)

Australia – Australia Post reports that extreme storms in and around Bundaberg, Queensland may result in delivery delays. Ongoing (issue start date: 08/11/17)

Bangladesh – Recently, Bangladesh Customs have witnessed an increase in the number of wrongly declared shipments. This has led the Bangladesh Customs to scrutinise each and every shipment, which is causing delays in the release of all shipments including mail. Ongoing (issue start date: 03/01/17)

Bangladesh – Heavy rains triggered severe flooding and a series of landslides in southeast Bangladesh, causing considerable damage to infrastructure. The districts of Rangamati and Bandarban as well as the port city of Chittagong are particularly affected. Ongoing (issue start date: 13/06/17)

Belgium – Bpost, the designated operator of Belgium, informs that some unions have announced an inter-professional union action for the public sector on Tuesday 10th October 2017. This may have an effect on the collection and distribution of mail and parcels in Belgium. However, Bpost will try to reduce any effects on the collection, processing and distribution of the shipments to a minimum. Ongoing (issue start date: 10/10/17)

Bolivia – OE Frankfurt reports that postal services to Bolivia are suspended with effect from 2 August 2017. All Airlines that fly to Bolivia have currently proclaimed embargos on transport of mail due to capacity bottlenecks. All mail bound for Bolivia will be stored in the OE Frankfurt until 16 August 2017. If the situation remains unchanged, the postal items will be returned to the sender after the elapsed deadline. Ongoing (issue start date: 02/08/17)

Brazil – Due to construction work, international air traffic at Natal Airport (NAT) will be suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 11/09/17)

Brazil – Brazil has announced another customs strike in country. Clearance delays are to be expected up until Thursday 16 November. Normal services are expected to resume on Friday 17 November.

UPDATE: We have been informed that further action by Brazilian customs staff took place from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd November. Whilst normal service resumed on Friday 24th November, delays and further action are expected.  Ongoing (issue start date: 07/11/17 – updated 27/11/17)

Bulgaria – Bulgarian Post wishes to inform that it will be upgrading its IPS (International Postal System) software (migrating to IPS 2016) from 22.00 local time on Friday, 17 November 2017. Small delays may be experienced. Ongoing (issue start date: 12/11/17)

Canada – The Canadian Postal Exchange Office in Toronto is currently experiencing delays in its processing capacity and delivery. The delays are caused by a peak in their volumes. Canada Post and the customs authority are working on a solution. They have also informed that EMS, air parcels and Express products will be prioritised over non-priority items.

UPDATE: Canada Post informs about serious delivery delays for ordinary and registered mail items due to a mail backlog. This backlog is believed to be nationwide and not just confined to Toronto anymore. Ongoing (issue start date: 07/09/17 – updated 24/11/17)

Canada – Canada Post informs of mail and parcel delivery disruptions in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan due to grass fires. Resolved (issue start date: 18/10/17)

Channel Islands – Ferries bound for both Jersey and Guernsey were cancelled due to bad weather on Wednesday 22nd (pm) / Thursday 23rd (am) meaning that a backlog of trailers appeared in Portsmouth and this backlog is still being worked through. Therefore delays of 48 hours can be expected for the remainder of this week and for normal services not to return until towards midweek next week. Ongoing (issue start date: 22/11/17)

Chile – Due to an ongoing wildfire in Colina (Santiago metropolitan region), a red alert has been issued, warning of possible fire damage to population centres and critical infrastructure. Delays to mail delivery may be experienced in the affected region. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/11/17)

China – China Post have informed us that owing to unprecedented volumes of parcels imported into Shanghai and Guangzhou, there are currently a number of issues with China Customs, resulting in large backlogs in their facilities. These problems are compounded by the high delivery volume within China, resulting in delays in mail delivery. Ongoing (issue start date: 14/07/16)

China – Super Typhoon Nesat made landfall in Taiwan’s Yilan county on July 29, causing flooding, landslides and widespread power outages. A second typhoon, Haitang, made landfall in Pingtung county on July 30. Hundreds of flights from and to Kaohsiung International (KHH) and Tainan (TNN) airports were canceled or delayed. Nesat reached China’s southeast Fujian province on July 30; the highest typhoon alert has been issued for south-eastern China. Ongoing (issue start date: 29/07/17)

Costa Rica – The designated operator of Costa Rica, Correos de Costa Rica, wishes to inform that it has been experiencing a technical failure with its computer servers since Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Delays may be experienced. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/11/17)

Cyprus – It has been reported by Cyprus Post that their postal workers union have announced a half-day strike for Monday 16 October 2017. This will affect both international and domestic dispatches and delivery of items in all mail classes. Ongoing (issue start date: 16/10/17)

Denmark – SAS pilots represented by the Danish and Norwegian unions DPF, NSF und SNF threaten strike action. The strike will take place on September 11 at the earliest and will impact short-haul flights. Ongoing (issue start date: 11/09/17)

El Salvador – The designated postal operator of El Salvador, Correos de El Salvador, informs that both inbound and outbound mail processes are expected to be disrupted as a result of the industrial which began on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Ongoing (issue start date: 14/11/17)

France – Expect a two day delay for some mail sent to departments 04, 05, 13, 83 and the entirety of department 2A. This is due to a La Poste technical issue on the Marseille/Ajaccio route. Ongoing (issue start date: 10/11/17)

France – Heavy traffic congestion has been reported on roads throughout the Paris region on 6 November due to an ongoing protest. Roadblocks and trucks driving at a reduced speed caused more than 435 km (270 mi) of traffic jams. The Porte de la Muette entrance to Paris was closed at 09:00 and delays to mail delivery and processing may be experienced. Ongoing (issue start date: 06/11/17)

French Caribbean Territories – The extreme weather conditions in the Caribbean, strongly affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, have seriously impacted its operations in the following territories: Saint Martin (French part of the Island); (SXM and SFG); Saint Barthélemy (SBH); Guadeloupe (PTP); and Martinique (FDF).

Situation on 20 September 2017 :

  • Saint Barthélemy: all addresses with postcode 97133: no postal services available until further notice
  • Saint Martin (French part of the Island): all addresses with postcode 97150: no postal services available until further notice
  • Guadeloupe: all other postcodes starting with 971: operations heavily impacted; expect delays in delivery services in most areas of the territory. Flights to PTP are often cancelled and/or dedicated to first aid response for the populations of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy
  • Martinique, postcodes starting 972: postal services are OK, but flights to this destination are also heavily impacted; expect delays and disruption. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/09/17)

UPDATE: La Poste, who handle mail delivery in the French islands, have informed us that postal operations in areas whose postcodes begin with 971 are back to normal as of Wednesday, 4 October 2017, with the exception of deliveries to Saint Martin (postcode 97150) and Saint Barthélemy (97133), which will continue to suffer disruption until the end of October. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/09/17 – updated 09/10/2017)

Germany – Storm Herwart caused severe damage and widespread power outages in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic. Numerous roads were flooded or blocked. The German railway company Deutsche Bahn suspended its long-distance traffic in Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Delays to mail processing may be experienced. Ongoing (issue start date: 29/10/17)

Germany – Severe weather caused considerable disruption in rail, road and air traffic on 22 June, particularly in northern and eastern Germany. Major railway routes have been interrupted, and highway sections were closed. Flights at Berlin’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports were either canceled or delayed.

UPDATE: Torrential rain caused severe flooding and roadblocks in several regions of Germany. Particularly affected were the south of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt (Harz) and the north of Thuringia. Lower Saxony and Thuringia are at risk of further flooding. Ongoing (issue start date: 22/06/17 – updated 28/07/2017)

Greece – A 24-hour strike by subway workers in Athens caused large scale traffic jams on several access roads to the Greek capital. Delays in mail delivery services are expected until the 24th November. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/11/17)

Greece – Torrential rain caused flooding, traffic disruptions and severe damage along the west coast of Athens. Particularly affected were the cities of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara. The highway connecting Athens with Corinth was partially closed. According to meteorologists, heavy rainfall is still to be expected and postal delay to the affected regions are likely. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/11/17)

Greece – Greece Post has been applying new customs procedures on both International and domestic mail collection and delivery. Due to an adjustment period, deliveries can be delayed. Ongoing (issue start date: 02/11/17)

Guatemala – Correos y Telegrafos Guatemala informs that due to staffing difficulties, it has accumulated a backlog of parcels. In order to clear this backlog, it is suspending the inward and outward transmission of international mail. The designated operators of other countries are therefore asked to hold back any mail destined for Guatemala until further notice. Ongoing (issue start date: 13/04/17)

Hong Kong – Typhoon “Merbok” has caused considerable flight disruptions in Southern China and Hong Kong. Hundreds of flights from and to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen were or had to be canceled. Train services have also been suspended. As a result, delivery delays are to be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 12/06/17)

India – Heavy rains have caused significant flooding in the western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rail and road transport has been affected; some national highways are closed due to flooding. Significant transportation disruptions should be anticipated in the affected regions. Ongoing (issue start date: 25/07/17)

India – Heavy monsoon rains hit Mumbai on August 29, prompting flooding and severe traffic disruptions. In addition to impacts on road traffic, trains and flights were cancelled or delayed. Ongoing (issue start date: 29/08/17)

Indonesia – The designated operator of Indonesia, PT Pos Indonesia,  informs that the Government of Indonesia has temporarily closed Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on the island of Bali owing to the eruption of Mount Agung. Large volumes of volcanic ash are now covering the airport area. This situation may lead to in delays in handling inbound and outbound international mail to and from Bali, Lombok and Mataram, particularly postcode areas in the range 80000 to 83999. Ongoing (issue start date: 26/11/17)

Iraq – Due to political developments in northern Iraq the governments has issued an embargo on flights into the region. It is expected that no deliveries will be possible until the situation is resolved. Ongoing (issue start date: 02/11/17)

Ireland – Due to capacity issues at An Post, Ireland’s national post office, short term delays to mail processing /delivery for mail sent from abroad are likely. Ongoing (issue start date: 07/11/17)

Israel – Delays in mail processing/delivery of 4-5 working days are likely. This is a direct result of technical difficulties faced by Israel Post after the import operation was moved to a new facility with new machinery. There has been improvement since initial installation but is still affecting mail processing and handover at the airport. Ongoing (issue start date: 07/11/17)

Italy – Strike action continues – please see below for latest update

UPDATE: Italian unions have announced nation-wide strike on 27 October. Although the strike has been limited to four hours by the Italian Ministry of Transport, deliveries in the region can experience some delays. In addition, Poste Italiane has announced that there will also be strike action on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October. These strikes will cause delays to mail processing and delivery. Ongoing (issue start date: 20/03/17 – updated 27/10/17)

Italy – Strong winds and heavy rainfall hit Northern and Central Italy. In Rome, flooding was reported in several parts of the city; road and rail traffic was disrupted. The transport axis between the Ligurian cities of Genoa and Savona was closed due to landslides. Ongoing (issue start date: 05/11/17)

Italy – Poste Italiane reports that in the night of 20 to 21 November, a major power breakdown struck the Office of Exchange of Milan Peschiera Borromeo CSI – ITLINA (letter mail).
Not all outbound mail has been processed and forwarded. At present, electrical power has been fully restored and processing operations are no longer impacted. Resolved (issue start date: 20/11/17)

Japan – Japan is strengthening their customs inspection of inbound mail as part of counter-terrorism measures. Therefore, Japan Post has requested all items containing goods are accompanied by the required documents. Please attach a customs declaration form to postal items containing goods, and provide accurate information on the contents for customs declaration. Failure to comply with this request could lead to delays or the return of mail items sent to Japan. Ongoing (issue start date: 29/03/16)

Japan – Japan has been hit by typhoons Lan and Saloa, causing flooding and landslides. Deliveries in the region might suffer delayes due to damaged infrastructure. Ongoing (issue start date: 30/10/17)

Kazakhstan – Flooding has been reported in the following regions of Kazakhstan over the last few days: Akmola, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Karaganda, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan. Emergency situations have been declared in Aktobe as well as in the districts of Gabit Musirepov (North Kazakhstan) and Beskaragay (East Kazakhstan). Ongoing (issue start date: 16/04/17)

Kenya – Continuous heavy rain has prompted severe flooding, infrastructure damage and traffic disruptions in the Kajiado and Mombasa counties. According to official information, ongoing flooding is expected through the end of November. Ongoing (issue start date: 13/11/14)

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

Malaysia – The designated operator of Malaysia, Pos Malaysia, informs that the flooding in the State of Penang has been disrupting collection and delivery of all mail products since Sunday, 5th November 2017. Resolved (issue start date: 05/11/17)

Mexico – The designated operator of Mexico, Servicio Postal Mexicano, informs that, owing to the earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, inbound and outbound postal operations are suspended until further notice at Mexico City International Airport, IMPC codes MXMEXD, MXMEXB and MXMEXE. Delays to mail and parcels sent to Mexico can therefore be expected.

UPDATE: Sorting centres have resumed processing inbound and outbound mail at Mexico City International Airport. However, delays may be experienced while backlogs are being cleared. Ongoing (issue start date: 19/09/17 – updated 02/10/2017)

Montenegro – Several wildfires are currently raging along the Adriatic coast. In Montenegro; Herceg Novi and Podgorica municipalities. Delays in the affected areas are likely. Ongoing (issue start date: 17/07/17)

New Zealand – Following sustained heavy rainfall in parts of the North Island, parts of Auckland experienced flash-flooding during a severe storm, causing power outages and traffic disruptions due to road closures. Also, State Highway 1 near Kaikoura (South Island) remains blocked by floodwater. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/07/17)

New Zealand – New Zealand Post have advised that due to aviation fuel rationing at Auckland Airport following damage to a pipeline, many flights have been cancelled. As result, mail to NZ is being held up at transit points prior to arrival at Auckland and hence delays are expected in local delivery (the likely delay is currently unclear); similar delays are likely due to the backlog once flights have resumed normal service, however this is not expected to be for at least another week.

UPDATE: New Zealand Post wishes to further advise that Auckland Airport’s aviation fuel rationing continues, however the work to fix the pipeline has been completed. Fuel is now being pumped to the airport, however at a reduced rate. The pipeline should return to 100% flow rates early in 2018. Road transportation of additional fuel to the airport continues to supplement the reduced flows through the pipeline. Airlines are now able to access 80% of their normal fuel allocations and flight cancelations have greatly reduced. Inbound volumes remain lower than expected with embargos on inbound mail transportation expected to ease in the coming weeks while airlines work to reduce mail which has potentially backlogged on route into New Zealand. Ongoing (issue start date: 18/09/17 – updated 09/10/2017)

Norway– SAS pilots represented by the Danish and Norwegian unions DPF, NSF und SNF threaten strike action. The strike will take place on September 11 at the earliest and will impact short-haul flights. Ongoing (issue start date: 11/09/17)

UPDATE: Winter weather continues to have am impact on mail delivery with road closures in parts of the South Island. As a result, courier pick ups from Fairlie, Cave and Lake Tekapo as well as delivery or pick up to Mount Cook are currently not possible. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/07/17 – updated 28/07/2017)

Pakistan – Protesters erected road blocks on major roads between Islamabad and Rawalpindi, bringing traffic to a standstill. Particularly affected were the Islamabad Express Way, Old Murrte Road and IJP Road. In the coming days, further demonstrations and traffic disruptions are to be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 13/11/17)

Panama – Heavy rains in Panama have resulted in flooding and landslides in the central provinces of Colón, Panamá Oeste, and Veraguas as of August 1. Continued storms are forecast for the region through August 9th. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/08/17)

Philippines – The designated operator of the Philippines, Philippine Postal Corporation, wishes to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that, owing to the hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, the Philippine Government has declared 13th, 14th and 15th November 2017 special non-working days in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga. Delivery of all classes of mail (LC/AO, CP and EMS) will be affected. Resolved (issue start date: 13/11/17)

Philippines – A nationwide transport strike in the Philippines on 16th and 17th October has resulted in a large backlog of traffic being generated and it is expected to be cleared by 22nd October. Delivery of all categories of mail are being affected. Resolved (issue start date: 16/10/17)

Philippines – There may be delays in the processing of all mail to and from Marawi City. This is due to an ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Ongoing (issue start date: 07/07/17)

Philippines – Due to maintenance work on a runway, Mactan Cebu International Airport (CEB) reports disruptions in national and international air traffic. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/07/17)

Portugal – Numerous wildfires have been raging since Sunday in the centrr and north of Portugal as well as in the north and north-west of Spain. The regions Coimbra, Castelo Branco, Viseu and Guarda (Portugal) and Galicia (Spain) are particularly affected. In Portugal, a state of emergency was declared in the affected regions. Delays for mail sent to the affected regions should be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/10/17)

Saudi Arabia – It has been advised that, with immediate effect, Saudi Arabian Customs has introduced some changes for all Non-Document shipments sent to Saudi Arabia. All B2C shipments that contain materials other than documents/printed matter will require the Consignee’s ID number. Where this is not provided, the parcel may be delayed in clearing customs until the ID number is obtained from the consignee. All B2B shipments of non-document materials will require a Commercial Registration Form from the consignee. This will be requested from the consignee when arriving in the country and upon receipt of the form, the parcel can be cleared through customs. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/04/16)

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

South Africa – Kindly note with immediate effect that additional customs inspections have been implemented on all shipments to South Africa. Therefore, any shipments that are subject to inspection may experience further delays. Ongoing (issue start date: 05/10/17)

South Africa – Due to unexpected high import volumes, South Africa Post Office is experiencing delays in small packets, parcels, EMS and registered mail. Delays of several weeks can be expected. We will provide further updates when the situation improves, or additional information is available. Ongoing (issue start date: 19/10/17)

Spain – The unions CCOO, UGT, and USO officially announced the 25-day strike by airport workers. From 15 September, about 7,000 workers at two airport operators will go on national strikes at all airports in Spain. Flight delays and flight cancellations are possible on the following days: September: 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 October: 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30, 31 November: 3, 5 December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 Additionally, further airport strikes have been announced. Accordingly Eulen security workers will strike at Barcelona Airport (BCN) on September 02. Security staff at Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) threatens strike action on September 07. suspended. Ongoing (issue start date: 02/09/17)

Spain – Numerous wildfires have been raging since Sunday in the centrr and north of Portugal as well as in the north and north-west of Spain. The regions Coimbra, Castelo Branco, Viseu and Guarda (Portugal) and Galicia (Spain) are particularly affected. In Portugal, a state of emergency was declared in the affected regions. Delays for mail sent to the affected regions should be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/10/17)

Suriname – There have been delays in the processing and delivery of all postal items since 4th April. This is due to a labour dispute. Ongoing (issue start date: 04/04/17)

Switzerland – Swiss Post (CH) would like to inform that a landslide occurred on 23rd August 2017 and affecting Bergell/Egadin (Canton Graubünden) in the Eastern part of Switzerland is making it difficult, and in some parts even impossible, to deliver postal items in the postcode areas 7602 – 7610. Some households will stay evacuated for the next two months or even longer until the imminent danger of landslides has passed. Ongoing (issue start date: 23/08/17)

Taiwan – Limited airline capacity is currently causing delays for mail sent to Taiwan. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/11/17)

Thailand – Tropical Depression Kirogi hit Hua Hin and Cha-Am with heavy rain and storms, causing flooding and traffic disruptions. Numerous roads had to be closed and further flooding was reported in Phetchaburi province. According to meteorologists, further rainfall and flash floods are expected in the following regions: Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Chon Buri, Rayong, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/11/17)

Thailand – Heavy rainfall caused flooding of roads and highways in numerous areas of the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Further heavy rain is predicted for the provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga and Phuket in Southern Thailand. Ongoing (issue start date: 08/11/17)

Turkey – A strong earthquake has struck the western coast of Turkey and Greeks islands in the Aegean Sea. The town of Plomari and the village of Vrisa (both Lesbos), where several buildings collapsed, have been worst hit. Numerous roads are impassable following landslides. Ongoing (issue start date: 12/06/17)

Turkey – A powerful earthquake struck the southern coast of Turkey at Bodrum (Mugla Province) and the Greek island of Kos on early Friday morning, causing power outages and serious infrastructure damage. Ongoing (issue start date: 21/07/17)

Turkey – Heavy rainfall has caused floods in Istanbul, inundating roads, underpasses, buildings, and subway lines and causing havoc in the city. The district of Silivri was one of the worst-hit areas. Other affected provinces include Bursa, Yalova, Duzce, Zonguldak, Bartin, Kocaeli and Sakarya. The Eurasia Tunnel was temporarily closed to traffic. Ongoing (issue start date: 17/07/17)

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

USA – In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, carriers have begun to deliver where it is safe to do so. Where offices are damaged nearby locations have been designated for customers to pick up mail. Ongoing (issue start date: 04/10/17)

USA – Due to wildfires in the state of California there are issues with postal services in the San Francisco and Bay Valley areas. Deliveries in these areas can experience some delays. Ongoing (issue start date: 09/10/17)

USA – We have been informed that the USPS JFK mail processing facility in New York has been experiencing significant volume increases over the last month or two. As such, some delays may have been experienced in the processing and onward dispatch of mail entering the US via New York. As this is the main entry point for mail sent to the US, this has the potential to affect most USA bound mail items. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas approaching, mail volumes are likely to increase further. Therefore, please allow for the possibility of delays until further notice. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/10/16)

USA – Until the end of this year, extensive construction and renovation work will be conducted at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). From May 15, the main runway will be completely closed for about 40 days; also thereafter, it can only be used to a limited extent. Flight delays might be possible during this period. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/05/17)

Vanuatu – The designated operator of Vanuatu, Vanuatu Post Limited, wishes to further advise that, with immediate effect, all postal services (letter post, parcel post and EMS) to the island of Ambae (international mail processing centre codes VUVLOD and VUVNDU) have been suspended indefinitely following the eruption of the Manaro volcano and the declaration of a state of emergency by the Government of Vanuatu. Ongoing (issue start date: 02/10/17)

Vietnam – Tropical Storm Talas has caused considerable devastations in China and Vietnam. In Vietnam, the storm made landfall in Nghe An province, causing severe flooding as well as significant disruption to flight, ferry and road traffic in central and northern Vietnam, including the capital Hanoi.  Ongoing (issue start date: 17/07/17)

Vietnam – Typhoon Doksuri hit central Vietnam, causing power outages, flooding, and storm damage. Numerous flights have been cancelled to and from Vietnam’s central provinces and delays to mail transport/deliuvery are expected  Ongoing (issue start date: 15/09/17)

Vietnam – Tropical storm Damrey made landfall in Vietnam on 4 November, causing heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly in southern and central parts of the country. Some regions were isolated. Dozens of flights were cancelled and rail traffic has been suspended. Deliveries in the region might suffer delays due to damaged infrastructure. Ongoing (issue start date: 04/11/17)

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

Zimbabwe – The It has been reported by Zimbabwe Posts (Pvt) Ltd that, owning to renovations in postal buildings, the Post’s IT systems have not been fully operational since 12 January 2017. Ongoing (issue start date: 12/01/17)

Upcoming Public Holidays

December 1st – Ghana, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Romania, Various (Maulud Nabi)
December 2nd – Brunei, UAE, India (Regional)
December 3rd – Spain (regional), Sri Lanka, UAE
December 4th – Fiji, Laos, New Zealand (regional), Tonga
December 5th – Thailand
December 6th – Ecuador (regional), Finald, Italy (regional), Spain
December 7th – Italy (regional)
December 8th – Albania, Macedonia, Panama, Various (Immaculate Conception Day)
December 9th – Tanzania
December 10th – 
December 11th – Malaysia (regional), Thailand
December 12th – Kenya, Mexico
December 13th – Malta, St. Lucia
December 16th – Bahrain, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, South Africa
December 17th – Bahrain, Chile, Kazakhstan
December 18th – India (regional), Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Qatar
December 19th – India (regional), Kazakhstan
December 20th – Macau, Maldives, South Korea
December 22nd – Macau, Nigeria (regional, Zimbabwe
December 23rd – Japan
December 24th – Libya, Various (Christmas Eve)
December 25th – India (regional), Pakistan, Various (Christmas Day)
December 26th – Australia (regional), Greece, India (regional), Indonesia, Slovenia, Various (Boxing Day)
December 27th – Various (Christmas Holiday)
December 30th – Myanmar, Philippines
December 31st – Azerbaijan, Switzerland (regional), Various (New Year’s Eve)

January 1st – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Various (New Year’s Day)
January 2nd – India (regional), Switzerland (regional), Various (New Year’s Holiday)
January 3rd – Russia, Various (New Year’s Holiday)
January 4th – Angola, Myanmar, Russia, Various (New Year’s Holiday)
January 5th – Armenia, Russia
January 6th – Armenia, Iraq (regional), Lebanon, Various (Epiphany)
January 7th – Cambodia, Various (Orthodox Christmas Day)
January 8th – Colombia, Dominican Republic, Japan, Ukraine, Various (Orthodox Christmas Holiday)


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