Global Postal Disruptions

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International Mail Delivery Alerts

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate lives around the globe. While some areas with significant populations of vaccinated people are open­ing up, many locales are experiencing a surge in the number of infections. Additionally, natural disasters are causing mail disruptions. Some countries are either halting acceptance of inter­national ship­ments or voiding delivery time guarantees.

International Postal Alerts

Effective May 28, 2021, and until further notice, USPS has suspended services to specific international destina­tions. Force majeure is unforesee­able circum­stances that prevent fulfillment of a contractural agreement.

At least until restoration of timely delivery services, ClinicalPosters is restrict­ing delivery for locations listed below. Other areas may also be affected.

3-1-2022

🇦🇺 Australia Post advises that as a result of road closures and access issues, implementation of safety measures and closure of several post offices, delivery to certain postcodes is limited in flood-affected areas.

Between September 3 and 17, it temporarily suspended some international services due to COVID-19 transportation cancellations and restrictions. This includes:

  • Priority Mail International® (PMI)
  • First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)
  • Commercial ePacket (CeP)
  • International Priority Airmail (IPA) Packets
  • International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) Packets
6-8-2021

🇧🇷 Brazil Post advises that a number of COVID-19 cases have been confirmed among operational staff at the Curitiba international mail processing center. Quarantine and other public health measures have been implemented, resulting in a reduction in the workforce. Expect delays in processing, customs clearance and delivery of all inbound letter-post items. Coronavirus cases in Brazil.

4-19-2022
6-3–2021

🇲🇾 Malaysia Post has a reduced the number mail delivery workers due to a significant number of new infections and is therefore instituting force majeure until further notice.

Any items shipped to restricted destinations may be returned to the sender. USPS will refund postage if a package is returned due to service suspension.

4-29-2022

The Postal Service™ is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance of Global Express Guarantee (GXG®) to the following destinations. Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail. Mail delivery has resumed in about half of the DPO AE destinations.

Customers: Please refrain from mailing items addressed to the following countries, until further notice:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Mongolia
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Russia
  • Norfolk Island
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turkmenistan
  • Yemen

For a complete list of affected countries, visit the USPS service alerts. Though generally more expensive, third-party carriers like FedEx, DHL, and UPS may provide more timely delivery to some areas with additional Covid surcharges.

This non-comprehensive document will be updated periodically.

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