Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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

November 19, 2020

UPDATE 107: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On November 19, 2020, 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:

Malta UPDATE: MaltaPost has advised that due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, inbound and outbound letter post, parcel post and Express Mail Service (EMS) services continue to be severely affected as airline connectivity to Malta is operating at a very limited capacity. This disruption is expected to continue until airlines resume normal operations and sufficient transportation capacity becomes available. Consequently, given the current state of affairs, MaltaPost cannot guarantee delivery standards and times. Delays in the processing and delivery of mail are also to be expected throughout the islands of Malta, and compliance with quality of service standards will continue to be affected by force majeure.

Samoa UPDATE: Samoa Post has advised that the state of emergency has been extended until December 23, 2020. As a result, all previous measures remain in place.

Slovenia UPDATE: Pošta Slovenije has advised that the Slovenian Government has extended the formal declaration of a national COVID-19 epidemic until mid-December. 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 Pošta Slovenije is unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed standards. Therefore, the situation of force majeure previously declared will continue to apply until further notice.

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