Hong Kong Post has informed that the passage of typhoon Lionrock on 9 October 2021 has had an impact on quality of service for all mail types. Operations are gradually resuming, but the impact of the typhoon is expected to last at least one day following the lifting of the typhoon warnings, while the accumulated backlog is cleared.
Belgium Post advises that postal services have largely returned to normal following the flooding caused by heavy rain in July. Delays may still occur due to detours to avoid damaged roads and bridges, but the impact on delivery performance is limited. The most severely affected postcode areas are as follows: 4020, 4030, 4031, 4032, 4050, 4051, 4130, 4140, 4170, 4180, 4190, 4520, 4700, 4780, 4790, 4800, 4801, 4820, 4821, 4830, 4831, 4834, 4837, 4845, 4860, 4861, 4870, 4877, 4910, 4970, 4980, 5580, 5640, 5650, 5670, 6900, 6940, 6980, 6987 and 6990. Six post offices remain closed for security reasons. However, all other affected post offices have now reopened, albeit with temporary solutions in certain cases.
Sri Lanka Post advises that the government has temporarily lifted the national lockdown, with effect from 1 October 2021. However, government-imposed restrictions and guidelines will continue to have an impact on delivery standards for all categories of mail. Therefore, the Department of Posts is unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed delivery standards for all mail categories.
New Zealand Post has updated that Auckland, where the main postal hub is located, remains in Alert Level 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic plan while the rest of New Zealand is in Alert Level 2. Alert Level 3, is effectively almost full lockdown status for postal operations, hence continue to significantly affect processing and delivery as result.
Macao Post has advised that, in order to minimalize the threat of COVID-19, the Macao Special Administrative Region has announced that civil servants will not be required to work from October 5 -7, 2021. As a result, postal services will be suspended during this period.
Israeli Post has updated that the Health restrictions affecting service standards remain in place and will continue to affect the processing and delivery of all mail types until further notice.
French Polynesia’s post advises that the countrywide lockdown has ended as of Sept. 26.
Fiji Post has updated that disruptions to Air traffic remains. Current cargo flights are once a week flight via New Zealand or Australia. Also, delivery to other Islands are by Sea only as still no flights. Hence, the collection and deliveries for all international mail types continue to be disrupted.
Thailand Post advises that as a result of Tropical Depression Dianmu, there have been flash floods in many areas of the northern, north-eastern and central parts of Thailand, resulting in some delays in postal operations and transportation, and the delivery of letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items in the following postcode areas: 13xxx, 14xxx, 15xxx, 16xxx, 21xxx, 24xxx, 25xxx, 30xxx, 32xxx, 33xxx, 34xxx, 36xxx, 37xxx, 40xxx, 42xxx, 60xxx, 61xxx, 62xxx, 63xxx, 64xxx, 65xxx, 66xxx, 67xxx, 72xxx.
Barbados’ post advises that the government has instituted a nightly curfew from Sept. 26 to Oct. 8. Service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed, and a case of force majeure has been declared until the situation returns to normal. In addition, the postal express service (EMS) will not be operating from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.
Australian Post has updated that a further COVID case has been detected at the Melbourne Office of Exchange overnight. Mail operation is currently disrupted due to the measures imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, operations for all inbound mail via Melbourne during this period will be affected, while the Offices of Exchange in Brisbane and Sydney continue to process mail items at this time, subject to previously announced COVID restrictions.
Macao Post advises that the Macao Special Administrative Region has entered a state of immediate prevention, effective Sept. 25, owing to the high risk of a local COVID-19 outbreak. Certain districts and locations in Macao are locked down, with people living or staying in those areas required to undergo testing. This will affect the delivery of letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items until further notice.
Post Luxembourg has advised that mail services have now returned to normal following the recent flooding.
Jamaica Post advises that the government has extended the national curfew until Oct. 28. Revised working shifts/hours will continue to apply across the entire postal network, affecting sorting operations, mail delivery and the dispatch of mail vans, as well as the timely provision of EDI messaging updates and responses to online customer inquiries. The force majeure situation continues to apply, with an impact on quality of service for all types of mail, including inbound and outbound letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items.
Rwanda Post has advised that the measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted, and that postal services have returned to normal.
Deutsche Post of Germany has updated that postal services have largely returned to normal following the flooding in July. Delays may still occur owing to detours to avoid damaged roads and bridges, but the impact on delivery performance is minimal.
Philippines’ post advises that the government has imposed targeted lockdown measures in certain areas of the country. As a result, potential delays should be expected in the processing, transport and/or delivery of inbound postal items throughout the Philippines.
Jamaica Post advises that the government has extended a national curfew until Sept.17. Revised working shifts/hours will continue to apply across the postal network, affecting sorting operations, mail delivery and dispatch of mail vans, as well as timely electronic messaging updates and responses to online customer inquiries. A force majeure continues with an impact on quality of service for all types of mail.
French Polynesia’s post advises that a countrywide lockdown has been extended until Sept. 20. Mail processing and delivery operations are continuing, with slight delays.
New Caledonian Post has informed that a strict lockdown has been declared in New Caledonia from 7th September 2021 in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, for the duration of the lockdown, movement will be restricted, and transport services will be limited. This will affect the processing and delivery of postal items. For all postal items requiring a signature upon delivery, the signature of the addressee will be replaced by that of the postman/woman instead of the recipient until further notice.
Sri Lankan Post has updated that the Government of Sri Lanka has extended the national lockdown until 6 September 2021. The processing and delivery of items will be heavily impacted. Hence, cannot guarantee to meet delivery standard until further notice.
Jamaica Post has updated that the Government of Jamaica has extended the national curfew until 17th September 2021. Delays for all mail types are to be expected until restrictions are eased.
Cayman Islands’ post advises that it suspended all postal services at 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 26 because of a tropical storm warning and the potential for flooding in postal facilities and the international airport.
Vietnam Post advises that the government has implemented measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the southern region of the country, especially in Ho Chi Minh City. There are impacts to delivery operations and the post is unable to guarantee compliance with delivery standards. A force majeure continues until further notice.
Samoa Post advises that the government has extended a state of emergency until Sept. 26. All other information from the post’s previous update is unchanged.