The designated operator of Israel, Israel Postal Company Ltd, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that massive fires in the area around the city of Haifa, intensified by exceptionally strong desert winds, caused fires to spread to the city. The authorities ordered a massive evacuation of residents and closed access to large areas, mainly in the city of Haifa and surrounding areas.

Since 25 November 2016, roads have been closed and transportation stopped (private vehicles, buses and trains) in various parts of the country, causing interruptions and delays in the distribution and collection of mail (letter-post, parcels and EMS).

Israel Postal Company Ltd thanks all member countries for their understanding. It will update designated operators via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.

The designated operator of Barbados, Barbados Postal Service, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that the Grantley Adams International Airport has been experiencing industrial action since 24 November 2016, which is affecting mail facility operations and the delivery of incoming and outgoing letters, parcels and EMS items.

Barbados Postal Service thanks all member countries for their understanding. It will update designated operators via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.

Update 12/7/16:

The designated operator of Barbados, Barbados Postal Service, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that the industrial action at Grantley Adams International Airport ended on 7 December 2016.

The designated operator of Costa Rica, Correos de Costa Rica, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that, starting on 23 November 2016, Costa Rica has been experiencing torrential rain and strong winds, especially in the northern and Caribbean regions of the country, as a result of Hurricane Otto. This extreme weather has affected transportation infrastructure (roads, bridges and ports), as well as telecommunications, with the resulting impacts on the national postal network. This will lead to delays in mail processing and delivery (letters, parcels and EMS).

Correos de Costa Rica thanks all member countries for their understanding; it will update designated operators via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.

Update 11/29/16:

Further to EmIS 120/2016, the designated operator of Costa Rica, Correos de Costa Rica, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that postal operations have returned to normal in the affected areas following Hurricane Otto. The extreme weather, which began on 23 November 2016, had a significant impact on transportation and telecommunications infrastructure and, as a result, the postal network.

Correos de Costa Rica thanks designated operators for their understanding in this emergency situation and reaffirms its commitment to efficient postal service delivery.

New Zealand Post would like to advise all IPC members that a recent 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the South Island has caused disruption to operations in large areas of the country since November 14th. Affected areas include the Wellington Region and the South Island. Delays in the delivery of all categories of mail (letters, parcels and EMS) are expected in the coming days.

An update on the situation will be provided in a few days’ time.

Update 2/9/17:

The designated operator of New Zealand, New Zealand Post, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that the situation in the areas affected by the earthquake on 14 November 2016 is now back to normal.

New Zealand Post thanks all designated operators for their understanding.

The designated operator of Brazil, Correios, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that delays are to be expected in the processing of inbound and outbound EMS items as a result of industrial action being taken by Brazilian customs staff responsible for inspecting such items. Correios thanks all member countries for their understanding; it will update designated operators via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.

Update 1/9/17:

Further to EmIS 115/2016 of 10 November 2016, the designated operator of Brazil, Correios, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that the industrial action taken by the Brazilian customs staff responsible for inspecting inbound and outbound EMS items has ended. The situation regarding accumulated EMS cargo will be resolved in the coming days.

Correios apologizes for any inconvenience caused.