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.

The Postal Administration of Chile, CorreosChile, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that the strike by Chilean customs staff is still ongoing, and delays in the processing of all incoming and outgoing postal items (letters, small packets, parcels and EMS) are to be expected until further notice.

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


UPDATE 11/11/16:

"The designated operator of Chile, CorreosChile, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that the strike by Chilean customs staff is still ongoing, and delays in the processing of all incoming and outgoing postal items (letters, small packets, parcels and EMS) are to be expected until further notice.

CorreosChile thanks all member countries for their understanding; it will update designated operators via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal."

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.