Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory
December 18, 2020
UPDATE 116: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19
On December 18, 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:
Brazil UPDATE: Correios has advised that force majeure will be closed effective December 31, 2020. Although postal operations will be back to normal on January 1, 2021, all letter-post, parcel-post and Express Mail Service (EMS) items normally requiring signature upon delivery will continue to be handed over without signature.
Lithuania UPDATE: AB Lietuvos pastas has advised that the Lithuanian Government has approved tighter lockdown measures and extended the national quarantine regime until January 31, 2021. While these measures remain in place, postal services will be operating 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.
Slovenia UPDATE: Pošta Slovenije has advised that the Slovenian Government has extended the formal declaration of a national COVID-19 epidemic for another 30 days. 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 https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm