Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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

August 19, 2021

UPDATE 191: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On August 19, 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:

Jamaica UPDATE: Jamaica Post has advised that the Government of Jamaica has extended the national curfew until August 31, 2021. Revised working shifts/hours will continue to apply across the entire postal network, affecting sorting operations and mail delivery. Consequently, the force majeure previously announced 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.

Macao UPDATE: Macao Post has advised that delivery services have resumed as of August 18, 2021.

New Zealand UPDATE: New Zealand Post has advised that as of August 17, 2021, the Government of New Zealand has raised the COVID-19 alert level to 4 (the highest level) due to community cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The alert level will be reviewed after three days for all areas except Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula, which is likely to remain at level 4 for an initial period of seven days. New Zealand Post remains in operation however, implementation of this alert level will affect New Zealand Post’s operational performance. Implemented process changes will significantly affect processing and delivery capacity as well as service performance.

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