Sent: Monday, January 14, 2019 8:55 AM
Subject: Switzerland – Partial disruption of postal services
The designated operator of Switzerland, Swiss Post, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that heavy snowfall is affecting delivery in the Alpine region of the Canton of Graubünden, in the eastern part of Switzerland. Closed roads and strong avalanche warnings are making it difficult or even impossible to deliver postal items in postcode areas 72xx, 73xx, 75xx, 76xx and 77xx. It is currently not possible to predict when normal postal operations will resume as the snowfall is expected to continue over the next few days.
Swiss Post thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will inform them via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.
Update 1/18/19: Further to EmIS 7/2019, the designated operator of Switzerland, Swiss Post, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that the weather in the eastern part of Switzerland has stabilized. Postal operations resumed on Thursday, 17 January 2019, with the exception of a few homes that remain isolated.
Swiss Post thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding.
Since 7th January 2019 heavy snowfall is impacting the operational processes in Austria. The snowfall has resulted in closed roads and has cut off many villages across the Alps.
Avalanche warnings prohibit collection and delivery of letter mail and parcels in the zip code areas mentioned below.
Currently it is not predictable when normal postal operation will resume as the snowfall is still going on.
Affected areas include:
Lower Austria: 3100-3399, 3800-3999
Upper Austria: 4400-4599, 4800-4899
Salzburg: 5000- 5799
Tyrol+Vorarlberg: 6000 – 6999, 9900-9999
A severe weather event, with rain and floods, in Sydney and neighbouring parts of New South Wales, Australia, is impacting the collection and delivery of all mail products for the state (postcodes 2xxxx).
There will also be impacts on mail flows in and out of Australia due to large delays at Sydney airport and issue transporting the mail to/from the airport.
For more info please got to:
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hea vv-rain-and-storms-hit-s ydney-causinq-commuter-chaos-20181127- p50irv.html
Senators in Canada passed back-to-work legislation Monday evening forcing an end to the rotating strikes which have been ongoing since October 22. The order takes effect at 12:00 noon on Tuesday 11/27/18.
Here are a couple of articles detailing the process:
There will remain a significant backlog and it will take time to return services to normal, especially with the busy holiday season upon us. We'll continue to monitor the situation and update customers as any new information becomes available.
Senators in Canada adjourned for the weekend after 8 hours of proceedings on Saturday. They will make a final decision today (Monday) to force the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) back to work as early as noon on Tuesday. The full article from CBC News can be viewed here.
We'll continue to monitor the situation but invite you to sign up for email updates from Canada Post here. IMS and Canada Post will continue to collect, process, and deliver your mail and parcels. Updates will also be posted in our blog (link below).