The designated operator of Thailand, Thailand Post, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that heavy rain and flooding in the southern part of the country are having an impact on mail operations and transportation, resulting in delays in the delivery of letter post, parcels and EMS items throughout the provinces and regions affected.

The following postcode areas are affected to a greater or lesser extent by floods:

77xxx, 80xxx, 84xxx, 85xxx, 86xxx, 90xxx, 92xxx, 93xxx, 94xxx and 96xxx.

Thailand Post thanks all member countries for their understanding and will update the designated operators through EmIS as soon as the situation returns to normal.

The designated operator of Germany, Deutsche Post, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries of the following:

Owing to the recent Lufthansa pilots' strike and service limitations imposed by that airline, coupled with extremely heavy peak volumes, there is presently heavy congestion for airmail at Frankfurt Airport. Deutsche Post's office of exchange in Frankfurt is running smoothly, and there are no major delays for mail arriving or leaving by road. However, all the airport logistics and the Frankfurt airmail centre are severely impacted.

Deutsche Post is attempting to bypass the affected areas wherever possible, but heavy delays in the processing of inbound, outbound and transit airmail are inevitable. The situation is likely to remain critical for several days at least. Between now and 23 December, it is therefore advisable for designated operators to dispatch mail to Frankfurt by surface routes wherever possible, in order to ensure smooth processing.

Deutsche Post thanks all member countries for their understanding and cooperation.

Effective immediately, the Postal Service has suspended most mail services to Guatemala. Until further notice, all Post Offices and other acceptance locations will 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), and 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, the Postal Service will 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.”

Update 1/17/17:

Further to EmIS 121/2016 of 24 November 2016, the designated operator of Guatemala, Correos y Telégrafos de Guatemala, asks us to inform the Union member countries and their designated operators that for logistical reasons, it will not be able to recommence mail delivery within the allocated time. By the end of January, Correos y Telégrafos de Guatemala will provide an update on the progress made.

Correos y Telégrafos is working together with Guatemala’s Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing to ensure that this process can be completed as quickly as possible.

Correos y Telégrafos thanks designated operators for their understanding and cooperation and will keep them updated via EmIS message.

Update 2/20/17 (all services resume March 3, 2017):

Please be informed that Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) Presort Drop Shipment, Priority Mail International (PMI) Presort Drop Shipment, International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) services have resumed to Guatemala.  All other USPS international services will be resumed to Guatemala on March 3, 2017.

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.