Service Updates & Upcoming Public Holidays – w/c 4th 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)

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)

Cayman Islands – The designated operator of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Postal Service, has informed us that since Friday, 24 April 2015, network problems have resulted in limited access to the Internet in certain areas of Grand Cayman. This may have an impact on the ability to enter deliveries and dispatches or take receipt of mail items sent from overseas. Resolved (issue start date: 24/04/15)

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)

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 – Further delays are expected in the Thuir region (66300) due to continued industrial action. Resolved (issue start date: 20/04/15)

France – Delays are expected in Rennes (35xxx) region due to industrial action. Ongoing (issue start date: 05/05/15)

Germany – The Union Ver.di has again announced a range of regional strikes throughout Germany. Delays to mail handling, processing or delivery may be experienced. Ongoing (issue start date: 20/04/15)

UPDATE – Deutsche Post have confirmed that the planned strike actions took place and have now ended. However, slight delays of approx. 1 day should be expected until the small backlog of mail has been processed. Ongoing (issue start date: 20/04/15 – updated 05/05/15)

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 strike action has been announced for the 4th May in the form of a national strike covering all postal operations in Spain. Delays should be expected. Ongoing (issue start date: 30/04/15 – updated 30/04/15)

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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