The U.S. Postal Service has restored mail service to Guatemala. This ends a temporary suspension of most mail services to the country that had been in effect.


On April 29th and May 3rd thru 6th are assigned as national and public holidays in Japan due to “Golden Week”. Also, the Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30th and the new Emperor Naruhito ascends the throne on May 1st, April 30th to May 2nd are also designated as a national holiday in 2019 and many official ceremonies for these historical events are planned. This special arrangement made by the government results in a 10-day national holiday beginning Saturday, April 27th to Monday, May 6th. The OEs and Custom Offices in Japan will not be closed during this period, we do not expect any negative impact on inbound and outbound operations for EMS items and parcels.


Due to possible strike action by ground handling staff at Bucharest Airport this coming weekend, April 26-29, mail and parcel handling is likely affected, which will result in subsequent delays to mail service.


Philippine Postal Corporation asks us to inform that following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake which occurred in Castillejos, Zambales at 17.11 local time on April 22, 2019: a. All postal operations are suspended in Metro Manila and Pampanga provinces on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, owing to suspension of government work in those provinces; b. Based on the initial report of the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, damage sustained in the following areas of Pampanga province may cause delays to postal services: Lubao and Porac.


Portugal’s Post advises a strike by fuel truck drivers is affecting mail transport by road and air. Outbound mail to some destinations could be impacted.

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Royal Mail will be closed Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd due to the following holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday. There will be no collection or delivery of mail.


Canada Post Offices will be closed Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd due to the following holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday. There will be no regular collection or delivery of mail.

Guatemala Update

On 3/11/19 we advised that we would resume services to Guatemala on 3/18/19. Unfortunately, we have only been able to do it with our proprietary services (Priority & Standard) and not with the USPS services as they have not yet open the lane to Guatemala.


Zimbabwe Post advises there are impacts to postal operations in parts of the country following Cyclone Idai, which hit the country on March 15. The cyclone caused serious damage to bridges and roads in parts of Manicaland. Mail collection and delivery affected in Chimanimani, Chipinge, Biriri, Birchenough, Nyanga, Nyazura and Rusitu areas.


Trade Unions in Spain called for a general strike on Friday, March 8th. Correos, the Spanish postal operator has advised that disruptions lasting several days could result as backlogs resulting from the strike are cleared.


Guatemala’s Post has advised they are resuming acceptance and processing of inbound letters and parcels. We will resume the services to Guatemala on 3-18-2019.


Tonga Post advises postal operations are back to normal following disruptions due to a tropical cyclone.


Chile’s post advises that postal services are back to normal in Arica and Parinacota following disruptions due to heavy rain and flooding.


There is a constant strike going on at the international sorting center in Helsinki. This will affect mail volumes to and from Finland and delays can be expected.

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