International service disruptions

  • Israel

    Israel Post advises that transport and delivery of mail may be delayed due to events being held in Jerusalem Jan. 22 to 24 to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

  • Canada

    Canada Post advises that due to heavy snowfall, the city of St. John's, Newfoundland, has declared a state of emergency. The St. John's mail processing plant, letter carrier depots and retail offices in the St. John's metro and Eastern Avalon area have been closed since the morning of Friday, Jan. 17, and collection and distribution of letter-post, parcel-post and express mail items in the affected areas is currently suspended.

  • Philippines

    The Philippines post advises that delays in processing and delivery of international mail are expected due to the activity of Taal volcano, which has spread ash in the areas of Batangas, Laguna and Tagaytay City in the province of Cavite. The post says hazardous eruptions are still possible in the coming days.

  • Iraq

    Effective Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, the Department of Defense Military Postal Service Agency has requested USPS to temporarily suspend mail acceptance for the DoD military ZIP Codes transiting through / destinating to Bagdad Airport.

    DoD ZIPS to temporality curtail acceptance in postal stream:

    09305 - BDSC
    09308 – Besmaya Combat Training Center
    09333 - Al Asad Air Base
    09348 - FOB Union III
    09378 - Camp Taji
    09381 - Al Taqqadum Airbase
    96610-0800 - SPMGTAF 2/7 DET9
    96610-1500 - TF Spartan 20.1

  • Iceland

    A snowstorm that hit the country Dec. 10 caused severe delays in international and domestic transport and mail distribution.

  • Italy

    Italy’s post advises that since Dec. 9 it has experienced problems with sorting equipment used to process inbound tracked and registered items from outside the European Union, causing temporary disruption of operations and delivery for this mail. This issue could affect operations for a few days.

  • Afghanistan

    Afghan Post advises it is working to restart operations following a terrorist attack on its headquarters on April 13. Services impacted include customs and international outbound mail and the technical systems that support movement of this mail.

  • France


    La Poste advises a national strike affecting many public sectors in France is ongoing, impacting services. The end date is not known at present.

  • 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

    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, United States Postal Service (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.