Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

Message board to keep postal customers informed of changes to mailing standards, services, and prices.

August 27, 2021

UPDATE 194: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On August 27, 2021, OPT PF – FARE RATA, the designated operator of French Polynesia, provided notification that a lockdown has been declared as of August 23, 2021, for a period of two weeks, in response to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. As a result, the processing and delivery of all incoming mail will be severely disrupted. Consequently, the retention periods for letter-post, parcel-post and Express Mail Service (EMS) items will be extended and, if necessary, OPT PF – FARE RATA will propose alternative solutions with regard to delivery.

Unless otherwise noted, service updates to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.

This service update affects 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