Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory
March 31, 2021
UPDATE 151: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19
On March 31, 2021, the Postal Service received notifications from various postal operators regarding changes in international mail services due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The following countries have provided updates to certain mail services:
Bermuda UPDATE: Bermuda Post Office has advised that staff at Bermuda’s office of exchange has been asked to self-quarantine until advised by local health authorities to return to work. This is having a direct impact on the service quality and operations of the Post. Therefore, Bermuda Post Office is declaring a situation of force majeure owing to COVID-19 and, in particular, the inability to pick up international mail from the airport, and to transport, process and deliver mail locally.
Lithuania UPDATE: AB Lietuvos pastas has advised that the Lithuanian Government has extended the full-country lockdown until April 30, 2021, in order to control the spread of the coronavirus. While the lockdown is in place, postal services will continue to operate under certain restrictions in order to minimize contact between people. Items normally requiring the addressee’s signature upon delivery will be handed over without signature. The processing and delivery of all types of inbound and outbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) will continue to be affected, and Lietuvos paštas is unable to guarantee compliance with the usual delivery standards. Therefore, force majeure will continue to apply.
Unless otherwise noted, service updates to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.
These service updates 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.
The DMM Advisory will continue to provide updates as they are received. For a full list of international service disruptions, please visit https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm