Service Updates & Upcoming Public Holidays – w/c 29th June

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.

GENERAL: Due to strike action at Calais, traffic of mail in and out of mainland Europe has been delayed. Whilst the situation has improved, delays of up to 48 hours are expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 23/06/15)

UPDATE: Due to additional industrial action at Calais, the port is now closed. The closure of the ferry port means additional freight traffic travelling via the Eurotunnel, however due to serious disturbances earlier today, the tunnel has also been closed for a period of time. Due to both these closures delays are expected to mail and parcels being sent to mainland Europe. Ongoing (issue start date: 23/06/15 – updated 30/06/15)

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. Ongoing (issue start date: 15/06/15)

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 Val de Reuil (27100), Brive la Gaillarde (19100) and Plaisance du Touch (31830). Ongoing (issue start date: 29/06/15)

France – La Poste are experiencing  problems with their tracking system for mail. Only letter mail and tracked items are affected. Ongoing (issue start date: 26/06/15)

Germany – Throughout May, the workers union Ver.di was involved in both warning strikes and full strike action. Negotiations were held on may 20th and 21st but unfortunately Ver.di has now announced further strike action. At this stage. these include a warning strike in the national letter and parcel delivery network, mostly in the northern parts of Germany (zip-code region 2-3) and the region Koblenz/Trier (zip code area 54 and 56). Meetings are scheduled to be held on 26th May to discuss strike action in the North Rhine-Westphalia region (zip-code region 4-5). In addition to this, a warning strike at the OE IPZ Frankfurt (Priority Mail & Parcels) is planned for Tuesday 26th and Wednesday, 27th May, 08:00-19:00 for the inbound shift. Additional action at Frankfurt for priority mail and at Niederaula for non- priority mail may occur until 22:00 on Friday 29th May. Delays to the processing and delivery of mail and parcels to the affected areas is therefore to be expected.

UPDATE: 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. Ongoing (issue start date: 01/05/15 – updated 29/06/15)

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 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)

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)

Upcoming Public Holidays

June 21st – Bolivia, China
June 22nd – Canada (regional), China, Croatia, Latvia

June 23rd – Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Switzerland (regional)

June 24th – C
anada (regional), Italy (regional), Various (St. Johns Day)
June 25th – Croatia, Mozambique, Slovenia
June 26th – A
June 29th – U
kraine, Various (Feast of Saints Peter & Paul)
July 1st – Botswana, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong

July 3rd – Belarus, USA

July 4th – Malaysia

July 5th – 
Algeria, Czech Republic
July 6th – 
Cayman Islands, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Zambia
July 7th – Malaysia, Various (Eid), Zambia

July 9th – Argentina, Brazil (regional)

July 10th – Bahamas, India (regional), Paraguay
July 11th – Belgium, Malaysia (regional), Paraguay

July 14th – France

July 15th – Bangladesh, Brunei, Italy (regional)

July 16th – Chile, Indonesia
July 17th – 
Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore
July 18th – Malaysia, Uruguay, Various (Eid)

July 19th – UAE, Various (Eid)

July 20th – Botswana, Colombia, Indonesia, Japan
July 21st – Belgium, Botswana, Indonesia, Oman

July 22nd – Oman

July 23rd – Egypt, Oman


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