Australia Post (AU) informs that the staff union in the Australian public service, which includes the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Department of Agriculture, which oversee the Customs clearance in all inbound OEs in Australia, has announced they will ask their members to go on strike on Friday 9 September 2016.

The strike action will lead to delay on all inbound mail, both on 9 September and in the days following the action, due to the backlogs following the delays on the 9th.

Update 9/26/16:

Australia Post (AU) informs that the staff union in the Australia public service, which includes the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Department of Agriculture, which oversee the Customs clearance in all inbound OEs in Australia, has announced protected industrial action between the 26th of September and the 9th of October. The protected action is to enable staff to walk off the job for 30 minutes at a time, the length and frequency of the stoppages being at the discretion of the staff. In short, staff can stop work for 30 minutes any time they want without specific warning to the OE management.

The strike action will lead to delay on the receipt of all inbound mail, as the border clearance process will be delayed when the staff walk off. There can also be impact on items held for clearance.


Poste Italiane informs that following the big earthquake that hit Central Italy during the night of the 24th of August, postal services have been highly affected in large areas of the country. Currently the most impacted Italian districts are Lazio, Marche and Umbria. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible. 

Canada Post has posted an update on the ongoing negotiations with their labor union.  IMS will continue to monitor and advise our customers as needed.  Stay tuned ......

From the UPU .....

The designated operator of Australia, Australia Post, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries of a one-day strike by staff of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, who are responsible for customs clearance in all inbound offices of exchange, on Friday, 12 August 2016.

This will cause delays to all inbound mail, both on 12 August and on the days following the strike, until the backlog is cleared.

Australia Post thanks all member countries for their understanding.

Not a lot to report this week, but negotiations are continuing.  The update from Canada Post can be found here.