New Caledonia’s post advises that effective May 14, 2020, the acceptance of inbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) will no longer be subject to restrictions. Additionally, the sending of outbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) will resume gradually, according to the transit capacity of the relevant offices of exchange.
New Caledonia’s post advises it is no longer imposing any restrictions for inbound and outbound mail. However, there still are restrictions on air and sea transport that will have an impact on these postal shipments. Procedures for mail requiring signature on delivery have resumed as normal in most cases.
New Caledonia’s post advises that the country’s confinement measures in response to COVID-19 will gradually be lifted between April 20 and May 3. The situation of force majeure remains in place, with some modifications. The post is no longer imposing any restrictions for inbound and outbound mail. However, restrictions remain in place with regard to air and sea transport, which has an impact on the import of postal shipments. For all mail requiring a signature on delivery, the addressee's signature will be replaced by that of the carrier or postal agent, effective through May 3.
Temporary Service Suspension — The U.S. Postal Service received notice that various postal operators are no longer able to process or deliver international mail or services originating from the United States due to service disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, the Postal Service is currently unable to accept items destined for New Caledonia at any Post Office or postal facility location, effective April 3 until further notice. Customers are asked to refrain from entering items addressed to New Caledonia into the USPS system effective immediately.
These service disruptions affect Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), 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 any returned item bearing a customs form, 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 has been restored. When remailing under this option, customers must cross out the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.”
Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.
New Caledonia’s post advises that due to a reduction in the number of flights offered by partner airlines, and new measures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the shipment of inbound and outbound mail is currently limited to mainland France only. A situation of force majeure has been declared, under which the post has stopped accepting any mail originating from other countries. For all mail requiring a signature on delivery, the addressee's signature will be replaced by that of the mail carrier or agent. Customers should expect delivery delays.