Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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

December 1, 2020

UPDATE 111: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On December 1, 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:

France UPDATE: La Poste has advised that the French President announced a gradual easing of lockdown measures in several phases up until at least January 20, 2021. As a result, delivery delays are possible and delivery standards cannot be guaranteed. Consequently, all previous measures will continue to apply and force majeure will remain in effect.

Jamaica UPDATE: Jamaica Post has advised that the Government of Jamaica has extended the national curfew until December 31, 2020. 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 Express Mail Service (EMS) items.

Netherlands UPDATE: PostNL has advised that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands, the partial lockdown imposed by the Dutch Government on October 14, 2020, will remain in force until further notice. As a result, the previously announced restrictions for items requiring a signature will continue to apply. Consequently, PostNL may not be able to ensure that all the normal inbound and outbound mail standards are met.

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