International service disruptions

  • Australia

    All postal services in Sydney and New South Wales have returned to normal as of Dec. 6.

  • Canada

    Canada Post advises an embargo on international mail due to a labor dispute was lifted on Nov. 27. Negotiations with union workers are ongoing. Mail is being sent again to Canada exchange offices. Canada Post expects to be current on international items in January.
    (posted 12/13/2018)

  • Guatemala

    Most mail services to Guatemala have been temporarily suspended. Until further notice, only Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service is available. The suspension affects Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International, First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift and M-Bag items.

    The Postal Service will return to sender already deposited items other than GXG addressed to Guatemala. 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.”

    (Originally posted 4/11/17. This service suspension currently remains in effect.)

  • Indonesia

    All postal services on Lombok Island have returned to normal as of Oct. 8.

  • Italy

    Italy’s post advises that mail service has been disrupted in several areas due to severe weather. Affected territories are listed below.

    • North-East – Villa Opicina, Trieste e Tolmezzo and Feltre
    • Centre-North – Porretta Terme, Castiglione dei Pepoli, Pavullo nel Frignano, Sestola, Montefiorino, Vignola, Pianoro, Fano and Pesaro
    • North-West – Palazzolo sull’Oglio
    • Centre – Pomezia and Ladispoli
    • South – Crotone, Genzano di Lucania, Senise, Potenza, Campi Salentina, Copertino, Gallipoli, Maglie, Martano, Poggiardo, Tricase, Lecce, Nardò and Manduria

    Mail service to the islands of Lampedusa, Linosa e Pantelleria and Capri is also affected.

  • Philippines

    Super typhoon Mangkhut has affected the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines. Some roads are not passable due to landslides and floods, affecting processing and delivery. Delays are expected in the following postcodes: 2000-2001, 2003-2004, 2010, 2012-2026, 2400, 2410, 2413-2414, 2417-2418, 2420, 2423-2424, 2600, 2604-2606, 2610, 2714, 2810, 2814-2815, 2922, 3002-3003, 3011, 3015, 3019, 3106, 3108, 3110-3112, 3116, 3602-3609, 3800-3802 and 3806.

  • Syria

    The Postal Service has suspended mail service to Syria due to transportation issues.

    The suspension affects Express Mail International, Priority Mail International, First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift and M-Bag shipments.

    Mail addressed to Syria will be returned to sender. The Postal Service appreciates regrets any inconvenience due to this temporary service suspension.
  • Ukraine

    Mail service for international mail addressed to some localities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine have been suspended. The specific localities and postal codes where service is suspended are listed on Ukranian postal operator Ukrposhta’s website at:

    http://ukrposhta.ua/en/robota-ukrposhti-v-doneckij-ta-luganskij-oblastyax

    That website notes that international postal items to the listed localities may be sent as Poste Restante (General Delivery) to post offices in localities that are controlled by the Ukrainian government, and provides instructions for addressing the 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, International Surface Air Lift and M-Bag items.

    USPS also can no longer accept Global Express Guaranteed shipments to certain cities in the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine.