Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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

September 21, 2021

UPDATE 198: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On September 21, 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:

Philippines UPDATE: PHLPost has advised that, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Philippine Government has raised the alert level applicable in the National Capital Region to level 4 and has imposed targeted lockdown measures in certain areas of the country from September 16 to 30, 2021. As a result, potential delays should be expected in the processing, transport and/or delivery of inbound postal items throughout the Philippines.

Vietnam UPDATE: VNPost has advised that the delivery of inbound items is still affected and VNPost is unable to guarantee compliance with delivery standards. Therefore, the previously announced force majeure will remain in effect 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