Last updated Dec. 2, 2016, 5 P.M. ET
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China Post advises a typhoon that slammed into China’s southeast coast on Oct. 18 has caused delays in mail delivery. The affected areas include the provinces of Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi. The delivery office codes for the areas affected are 510xxx, 530xxx, 570xxx, 571xxx and 572xxx. (posted 10/20/2016)
International Mail: Temporary Suspension of Mail Service to Guatemala
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.” (posted 11/29/16)
Israel Post reports that massive fires around the city of Haifa, have been intensified by exceptionally strong desert winds, causing fires to spread into the city. Authorities ordered a massive evacuation of residents and closed access to large areas in Haifa and surrounding areas. Roads have been closed and transportation stopped in various parts of Israel, causing interruptions and delays in the distribution and collection of mail, including letters, parcels and Express Mail Service. (posted 11/29/16)
Italy’s post advises the earthquake that struck central Italy Aug. 24 has impacted postal services in large areas of the country, especially the districts of Lazio, Marche and Umbria. (posted 8/30/16)
The Postal Service has suspended mail service to Syria due to transportation issues.
Until further notice, all Post Office and other acceptance locations will not accept mail destined to Syria.
The suspension affects Express Mail International, Priority Mail International, First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail (IPA) International Surface Air Lift (ISAL), and M-Bag shipments.
Mail addressed to Syria will be returned to sender endorsed “Mail Service Temporarily Suspended — Return to Sender.”
Upon request, postage and fees will be refunded, or mailers may opt to hold and later re-mail the package with existing postage when service to Syria resumes. When re-mailing, customers must strike the endorsement “Mail Service Temporarily Suspended — Return to Sender.”
The Postal Service appreciates its customers’ business and regrets any inconvenience posed by this temporary service suspension.
Customers are advised to periodically check USPS Service Alerts for updated information. (posted 3/13/13)
Suspension of Mail Services to Donetsk and Luhansk Regions of Ukraine
In January 2015, the Ukrainian postal operator (Ukrposhta) advised that delivery services have been suspended for international mail addressed to certain localities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine (generally in the postal code ranges 83001-87650 and 91001-94870). The specific localities and postal codes where service is suspended are listed on Ukrposhta’s website:
That web-site notes that international postal items to the above localities may be sent as Poste Restante (General Delivery) to post offices in localities that are controlled by Ukrainian government authorities, and provides instructions for addressing such items.
Delivery services for international mail addressed to Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999) are still suspended.
The temporary suspension affects Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail International®, First-Class Mail International®, First-Class Package International Service™, International Priority Airmail™ (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®) and M-Bag items.
For Global Express Guaranteed® Service
Effective immediately, USPS can no longer accept Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) shipments to certain cities in the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine. View the list of cities to which GXG service is temporarily suspended. (posted 2/11/15)
Effective Aug. 1, 2015, the Postal Service will suspend mail service to Yemen. Until further notice, all Post Office and other acceptance locations must not accept any mail destined to Yemen. The temporary suspension affects Global Express Guaranteed®, Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail International®, First-Class Mail International®, First-Class Package International Service™, International Priority Airmail™ (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag items. (posted 7/31/15)
- Lithium battery shipping regulations
U.S. Postal Service acceptance of international lithium battery shipments
The Postal Service is now allowing specific quantities of lithium batteries — when installed in the equipment they are intended to operate — to be sent to many international destinations, including Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) locations when permitted by the destination or host country.
The postal operators of Germany and Italy are not accepting packages containing lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries to German or Italian addresses. Postal employees will decline electronic items containing lithium batteries to addresses in those two countries. This does not apply to shipments to and from German or Italian APO, FPO or DPO locations.
Items that can be shipped include: cameras, video cameras, mobile/smart phones, Bluetooth headsets, laptop computers, shavers, portable DVD players, tablets, two-way radios, GPS devices and most other small electronic devices requiring lithium batteries. Items that can’t be shipped include lithium batteries not installed in the equipment they are intended to operate. In addition, when installed, they may noat exceed the quantity or limits defined in the IMM or DMM.
Domestic shipments of packages containing lithium batteries, and electronic devices containing lithium batteries aren’t affected.
Currently, U.S. customers aren’t permitted to take international and APO, FPO, DPO mail containing lithium batteries to Village Post Offices, contract postal units, commercial mail receiving agents or approved USPS shippers. For more information, click pe.usps.com.