Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory
January 5, 2021
UPDATE 123: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19
On January 5, 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:
South Korea UPDATE: Korea Post, the designated operator of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), has advised that with the increase of COVID-19 cases confirmed among the workforce of the Seoul office of exchange, staff shortages are anticipated throughout the entire workforce. As a result, significant delays in the processing of both inbound and outbound mail items are expected, with a direct impact on the collection and delivery of inbound and outbound mail.
Slovakia UPDATE: Slovenská pošta, the designated operator of Slovakia, has advised that due to a significant number of new COVID-19 cases, the Slovakian Government has extended the general lockdown until at least January 24, 2021. Although Slovenská pošta will attempt to minimize the effects of this extended lockdown, there will nevertheless continue to be a direct impact on the collection and delivery of domestic and international mail.
Jamaica UPDATE: Jamaica Post, the designated operator of Jamaica, has advised that the Government of Jamaica has extended the national curfew until January 15, 2021. Revised working shifts/hours continue to apply affecting postal operations. As a result, force majeure continues to apply, with an impact on quality of service for all types of mail, including inbound and outbound letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items.
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