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June 3, 2020

International Service Impact: Alternate Transport – Fifth Air to Sea Diversion to Brazil

On May 23, 2020, sea transport destined for Brazil departed with volume from the Los Angeles (LAX) International Service Center and is estimated to arrive at the Port of Santos on June 28, 2020. Sea route arrival dates are not exact and may vary depending on weather related events and queuing at port of arrival. The vessel is carrying approximately 2,829 receptacles in eleven (11) containers weighing approximately 30,534 kilograms and is serving mail destined for Brazil.

When calculating estimated delivery times, additional days required for unloading, customs clearance and road transit should be considered. The table below outlines a typical sea transit delivery cycle that begins upon arrival to the destined port:

Port of Santos Unloading

Port of Santos Custom Clearance/Clear Customs

Port of Santos Transit to São Paulo OE

São Paulo OE Acceptance & Sorting

São Paulo OERoad Transit to Delivery Address

1-2 Days

2 Days

1 Day

2-3 Days

1-4 Days

*OE = Office of Exchange

This transportation alternative will be used for the following mail classes: 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.

Alternate transit options will remain in effect until sufficient air transportation capacity becomes available.

The Postal Service™ is closely monitoring service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to update customers until the situation returns to normal.

Please visit our International Service Alerts page for the most up to date information: