From: UPU.EmIS
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:45 AM
Subject: Situation in the Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria

La Poste, the designated operator of France, wishes to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that the extreme weather conditions in the Caribbean, strongly affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, have seriously impacted its operations in the following territories: Saint Martin (French part of the Island); (SXM and SFG); Saint Barthélemy (SBH); Guadeloupe (PTP); and Martinique (FDF).

Situation on 20 September 2017 :

  • Saint Barthélemy: all addresses with postcode 97133: no postal services available until further notice;
  • Saint Martin (French part of the Island): all addresses with postcode 97150: no postal services available until further notice;
  • Guadeloupe: all other postcodes starting with 971: operations heavily impacted; expect delays in delivery services in most areas of the territory. Flights to PTP are often cancelled and/or dedicated to first aid response for the populations of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy;
  • Martinique, postcodes starting 972: postal services are OK, but flights to this destination are also heavily impacted; expect delays and disruption.

La Poste will provide an update on the situation via EmIS in the coming days.

 

The designated operator of Korea (Rep.), Korea Post, would like to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that there will be an unprecedented and unexpectedly prolonged operational stoppage for 10 days in a row owing to the combination of various holidays: Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Hangul Proclamation Day, and the specially designated one-time holiday which was officially announced on 5 September 2017.

The 10-day holiday will run from September 30 to October 9, 2017. With Monday, 2 October 2017 being designated as a one-time holiday, there will be an extended shut-down of the office of exchange, domestic mail centre and delivery office.

Korea Post is informing designated operators of this newly added one-time holiday with the understanding that most designated operators sending mail to Korea (Rep.) may not be aware of it.

Korea Post thanks designated operators for their understanding and cooperation.

 

Swiss Post (CH) would like to inform all IPC members that a landslide occurred on 23rd August 2017 and affecting Bergell/Egadin (Canton Graubünden) in the Eastern part of Switzerland is making it difficult, and in some parts even impossible, to deliver postal items in the postcode areas 7602 – 7610. Some households will stay evacuated for the next two months or even longer until the imminent danger of landslides has passed.

We'll update as information becomes available.

International Mail: Temporary Suspension of Mail Service to Guatemala

On April 11, 2017, the Postal Service™ announced the suspension of most mail services to Guatemala. Until further notice, all Post Offices™ and other acceptance locations must not accept any mail destined to the country of Guatemala, other than Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) service, which is still available. The suspension affects Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.

For already deposited items other than GXG addressed to Guatemala, Postal Service employees must endorse them “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place them in the mail stream for return.

For any returned item bearing a customs form, as well as any item shipped with Priority Mail Express International service, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service.

For all other returned items not bearing a customs declarations form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service, or the sender may remail them with the existing postage once service to Guatemala has been restored. When remailing under this option, customers must cross out the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.”

Australia Post asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that, beginning on 14 March, weather warnings have been issued across Northern New South Wales (postcodes 2484, 2429, 2780, 2480, 2602, 2611, 2605, 2606, 2204, 2902, 2612, 2914, 2913, 2614, 2615, 2480, 2481, 2482, 2484). Heavy rainfall is forecast, leading to flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodways and river crossings. This will affect the collection and delivery of all mail products.

Australia Post thanks all designated operators for their understanding and will update them once the situation has returned to normal.

Update 3/27/17:

Australia Post asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that, beginning on 27 March, weather warnings have been issued across North Queensland (postcodes 4740, 4741. 4750, 4751, and 4798 to 4820). Heavy rainfall is forecast, leading to flash flooding. This will affect the collection and delivery of all mail products.

Australia Post thanks all designated operators for their understanding and will update them once the situation has returned to normal.

Update 3/28/17:

Australia Post asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that the weather warnings across northern New South Wales (postcode areas 2204, 2429, 2460, 2480, 2481, 2482, 2484, 2602, 2605, 2606, 2611, 2612, 2614, 2615, 2780, 2902, 2913 and 2914) ended on Monday, 27 March 2017, and all postal services are again operating as normal.

Update 3/31/17:

Cyclone Debbie, with its 161 mph winds, has caused havic in parts of coastal Australia.  Australia Post asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that it is continuing to experience severe weather in Queensland. As of today, 30 March 2017, all postal services in Queensland (postcodes 4xxx) are suspended, affecting delivery and lodgement across all products.

Australia Post thanks all designated operators for their understanding and will update them once the situation has returned to normal.

Update 4/4/17:

Australia Post asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that, in addition to the impacts on the state of Queensland, Cyclone Debbie has now also caused flooding in New South Wales.

Australia Post thanks all designated operators for their understanding; it will update them once the situation has returned to normal.